December 2, 2015, 10:55 am
A wayfinding expert’s rendering of a new bus stop sign and scheduling panel
Starting this month and continuing through the week, bus stop signs in Surrey City Centre are getting a new look!
The design of the new signs, courtesy of TransLink’s Wayfinding experts, display more information and are easier to read.
You’ll also notice something strangely familiar — the new look is consistent with other transit facilities across the system such as SkyTrain stations. The large “T” is for transit (of course!) and will make spotting a bus stop a breeze.
Digital rendering of a new bus stop sign
Rolling out the new bus stop signs will be a gradual process. To be cost effective, signage and schedules “infotubes” will only be changed out when the existing pieces reach end-of-life or are damaged or require updated route information. The full replacement of all bus stop signs and infotubes will take place over the next few years.
New bus stop signs
New bus stop signs will make it easier for customers to locate bus stops from a distance.
The “T” for transit, route numbers, Next Bus information and the bay number are placed in prominent locations. To differentiate from regular bus service, B-Line information will be highlighted in orange and NightBus in navy blue.
Schedule panels replace infotubes
Many bus stops currently have infotubes on the pole with schedule information, and riders generally give us good feedback about them. Sometimes, however, riders tell us the text is too small. We’re making improvements in this area by replacing the infotubes with schedule panels. The schedule panels are flat, contain larger text and have the same look and feel as the bus stop signs.
Existing infotube (left) and new scheduling panel (right)
Keep your eyes open!
If you’re in Surrey City Centre over the next few days, make sure to check out the new signs. There are also a few new ones dotting other areas of the region, so keep your eyes open for them too!
Author: Jordan Keim
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