PPPs That Provide Major Public Benefit: The Case of Chicago's Bus Shelters

PPPs That Provide Major Public Benefit: The Case of Chicago's Bus Shelters

From North to South and from the Lakefront to Oak Park, Chicago’s bus stops stand out as the single most prominent elements of the streetscape. Designed by noted architect Robert A. M. Stern, they feature six classically inspired black columns holding up a domed roof and the city’s seal engraved on the protective glass. They include a bench and are lit at night. The structures offer shelter and a degree of comfort for those waiting for a bus. The Metropolitan Planning Council’s (MPC) Innovative Infrastructure Financing program recognizes the limitations on public dollars and the importance of identifying new ways to pay for our essential infrastructure. The Chicago bus stops illustrate the benefits of one such mechanism—they were funded through a public-private partnership. The stops—there are a total of more than 2,000—have graced the city’s streets for a decade, and they...

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