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October 20, 2022  |   Posted In Uncategorized

Tolar Manufacturing Company selected as collaborative partner by Tranzito-Vector to build Next-Gen Bus Shelters for City of Los Angeles

Mobility hubs to include 3,450 state-of-the-art bus shelters providing comfort,
safety, and critical shade for millions of Angelenos.

Mobility Hub prototype (courtesy of Tranzito-Vector)

Tolar Manufacturing Company, North America’s leader in the design and fabrication of award-winning transit shelters, has been selected by Tranzito-Vector to build 3,450 state-of-the-art bus shelters over the next five years for the City of Los Angeles’s Sidewalk and Transit Amenities Program. This is part of a larger 20-year contract awarded to Tranzito-Vector by the City of Los Angeles on September 20, 2022.

“Tolar’s reputation is unsurpassed for their quality of work and overall value. But it’s their people that really made a partnership with Tolar a no-brainer,” said Gene Oh, CEO of Tranzito “Their entire staff has been great to work with, they are honest and straightforward in their dealings, provide expert consultation balancing design with cost, and took on a true partnership attitude from the start.” Tranzito-Vector is a joint venture between smart mobility operator, Tranzito and Vector Media, one of the nation’s largest transit advertising companies. Dedicated to creating equitable transportation for all, Tranzito-Vector noted that it’s an honor to have been selected by the City of Los Angeles to build out a world-class Sidewalk and Transit Amenities Program, thanking Mayor Garcetti, Council Committee Chairs Krekorian and Blumenfield, the City Council, and StreetsLA for championing the needs of bus riders to provide equitable shelter, shade, safety, and comfort at bus stops.

Designed by Skidmore, Ownings & Merrill (SOM), the new, modern Los Angeles bus shelter structures will be built by Tolar Manufacturing Company who has been producing best-in-class, distinctive Sense of Place™ street furniture solutions for transit agencies and outdoor advertising companies for over 30 years and produces over 35% of domestic transit street furniture nationwide. The shelters will incorporate real-time arrival and departure information, emergency broadcast and city messaging at all 3,450 locations. Other bus shelter features will include intuitive lighting technology, inductive cell-phone charging, revenue-generating advertising, and a host of other features. 

“This is an important step forward for the residents of Los Angeles,” said Gary Tolar, President and CEO of Tolar Manufacturing Company. “A rider’s experience at the bus stop matters and is often where first impressions are formed. We appreciate the confidence Tranzito-Vector has placed in our company to deliver these bus shelters and value the role our team holds in improving people’s quality of life by providing beneficial shade at bus stops as temperatures continue to rise in Southern California. Certainly, the many forward-thinking technologies incorporated into these shelters will also enhance the ridership experience that starts and ends at the bus stop.”

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