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New Bus Stops With WiFi And Charging Ports Are Popping Up Around L.A.

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Several bus stops around Los Angeles are getting WiFi, USB chargers and accurate, real-time information that details when the next bus is arriving. The new technology will be installed at bus stops on all 15 Great Streets. The selected stops will get new benches and shelters that are equipped with WiFi, solar-powered USB charging ports and screens that show real-time bus information, according to a release from Mayor Eric Garcetti's office. So far, there is only one such stop, which can be found in Historic South Central at Central Avenue and 43rd Street. New shelters will pop up over the course of the next nine months.

"A big part of reinvigorating our Great Streets is making them more user-friendly, so the goal of this project is simple but meaningful: upgrade our bus shelters and benches with charging and WiFi to make waiting for the bus an opportunity, not a chore," Garcetti said in the release.

The benches are designed by Soofa, while the shelters are designed by Outfront/JCDecaux.

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The first 15 Great Steets were announced last summer, with the ultimate goal of improving the walkability and appearance of key corridors. Other target areas include North Figueroa St. between Ave. 50 and Ave. 60, Western Ave. between Melrose and 3rd. St., and Hollywood Blvd. between La Brea Ave. and Gower St.

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