Waiting for a bus in Detroit becomes a bit more comfortable at some stops, though not necessarily shorter.
The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) is installing 40 sleek-style shelters at places that had only a bench. At 19 other stops, old shelters will be replaced by next summer.
The curved-canopy shelters have solar-powered lighting and even USB charging ports. The first four are at these sites:
Northbound Livernois at McNichol
Westbound West Grand Boulevard at Grand River
Northbound Conant at Seven Mile
Westbound Mack at Conner
Eight more will be installed in the next five weeks, according to a news release that quotes interim DDOT director Angelica Jones: "We are committed to making transit a system of choice for everyone, and that includes bettering our amenities on and off the buses."
All 300 city buses will get new fare boxes, thanks to a federal grant of nearly $8.5 million.