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City cuts ribbon on three new Metro bus shelters

Representatives from the City of Malibu cut the ribbon June 28 to mark the completion of three new bus shelters in Malibu. Photo Submitted
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10:06 am PDT July 14, 2017

The City of Malibu held a public ribbon-cutting ceremony June 28 to mark the completion of three new bus shelters as part of a pilot program to make existing Metro bus stops in Malibu safer and more user-friendly for public transit users.

“Many residents, students, visitors, local businesses and their employees and customers depend on our Metro bus service to get in and out of Malibu every day,” Mayor Pro Tem Rick Mullen said. “These new bus shelters will make the experience of using public transit more comfortable.”

New bus shelters were built on Cross Creek Road in the Civic Center area, on Pacific Coast Highway at Heathercliff Road in the Point Dume area, and on Trancas Canyon Road at PCH in western Malibu, replacing the existing bench-only bus stops at the City’s three highest-volume transit stops. The new bus shelters increase the visibility of the transit system and transit riders, provide transit riders protection from the elements and serve as a pilot program for possible improvements to the rest of the Metro transit stops in Malibu.

“Metro applauds Malibu’s efforts to improve various Metro bus stops in their city with the addition of these three new bus shelters that will absolutely enhance the rider experience in their community,” Metro Board Chair John Fasana said. “These added amenities complement Metro service and will encourage more and more residents and visitors to use public transit and avoid summertime congestion.”

The new shelters are also part of a broader, ongoing effort to improve the public transit infrastructure in Malibu.

In 2015, the City updated and improved 11 Metro bus stops on PCH in Malibu, bringing them up to the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Some were relocated to make them safer for bus riders at the stops as well as for the traveling buses.

In an effort to make sure the bus stops would stay clean for bus riders and the surrounding neighborhoods, the City installed 35 new dual trash and recycling bins and two new blue recycling bins at bus stops in 2013. In 2016, 14 new trash bins were installed at bus stops. 

The mayor pro tem, city councilmember and city commissioners were joined for the ribbon cutting by representatives from Senator Henry Stern’s office and other area elected officials, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and local businesses.