Paris Diderot Bus Stop


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Concept

In 2012, the French capital's main transit agency, RATP (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens), set up as an experiment what it called the "bus stop of the future" at Boulevard Diderot, close to Paris’s busy Gare de Lyon train station. Some of the services mentioned below were only available for a short period of time, as part of the experiment, but the stop will continue to be used with some of the features.


A program was initiated in 2015 to gradually replace Paris bus stops with new ones providing some of the features of the experimental one, and designed by the same designer.



   Photo ©  Tree Hugger

Station Design

The stop was created by urban designer Marc Aurel. It has bar-style tables built around existing trees, seating facilites, and a number of information screens. The station has a total floor area of 85m˛, of which some 35m˛ is under cover. The space is large enough to facilitate the use of the services without impeding the free circulation of users. It is accessible to users in wheelchairs.


 The main wall of the station is made of decorative urban glass, which is heated when external temperatures drop to provide some warmth to the passengers. Stylized bench seats use metal and tiling, and lighting is adjusted according to the time of day. The station also has an audio environment that does not use loudspeakers. Sound is  transmitted through the glass walls themselves, producing sound by resonance that is limited to the immediate environment of the station. A musical jingle is played when a bus is approaching. Part of the platform is intended to be used by mobile retailers such as coffee carts, with offerings suited to each period of the day.


Services:

  • Free WiFi and phone charging staions.
  • A tichet machine facillitated for the visually impaired.
  • Real-time travel information screens depicting, transportation links, services, local attractions and events, and any problems in the surrounding area, as defined by the area map.
  • Audio information for the visually impaired.
  • A self-service docking station for electrically assisted bicycles.
  • A self-service book exchange library.

Disclaimer

This website is not a professional guide, but an editing of existing referenced material for educational purposes. The website author assumes no responsibility for any problems resulting from using the material presented in this website.


Sources:

Human Transit: The Bus Stop of the Future

Tree Hugger: Paris Bus Stop of the Future

Jcdecaux: Paris New Bus Stop