Pilot Project Installed by Phoenix Transit Department as part of 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge
The city of Phoenix Public Transit Department has installed a misted bus shelter on northbound Central Avenue, just north of Indian School Road, as part of Phoenix’s involvement in the 2018 Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge.
Phoenix is one of 35 cities selected in 2018 as a Champion City in the Mayors Challenge, and is the only city addressing the negative effects of urban heat. Phoenix is developing and testing a “HeatReady” program, which can be used as a blueprint by other cities to address shared and unique challenges related to heat.
The mist-equipped bus shelter, was a result of community “HeatReady” workshops conducted by Phoenix and Arizona State University, a partner in Phoenix’s bid in the Mayors Challenge.
Check out a short video to how the shelter works.
The location for the pilot project is located in a high transit use area, as well as west facing, which is key to the pilot project. These aspects allow transit staff and ASU’s team to study if the misting system is viable in providing cooling relief to riders.
At the start, the mister will be turned on daily between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., during which time researchers with ASU may be on site to interview bus riders to learn more about how the heat effects their transit trip, as well as in their daily lives.
Results from the pilot program, including the shelter’s water usage, overall cost, durability and maintenance issues, will be incorporated into the city’s “HeatReady” program, which has also included the “We’re Cool” outreach to educate transit users and residents about cooling centers, such as community centers and libraries throughout Phoenix.
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