Date of Award
Urban and Regional Planning
School of Urban and Regional Planning
The transit shelter, the space where riders make the transition from open space to more controlled buses and trains, is in many cases the site of a public-private transaction. Here, government agencies contract private companies to build and maintain shelters in exchange for governmental allowance of advertising in these locations. This dual purpose—the shelter serves concurrently as protection for transit users and as a moneymaker—means the space is contested, with economic and social needs often at odds. Bus shelter advertising contracts (BSACs), increasingly operated by large corporations, have resulted in widespread networks of bus shelters; observing these renders processes of globalization—generally not visible at the street level—more legible. Drawing from case studies of Lyon, France, and Los Angeles and New Orleans, United States, this thesis describes successes and failures both in the implementation of bus shelter contracts and in the provision of public amenities via shelters.
DePriest, Alexander, "Bus Shelters as Shared Public and Private Entities; and Bus Shelter Advertising Contracts (BSACs), a Product and Source of Global Change: an Overview, History, and Comparison" (2014). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 1867.