Now Arriving: More L.A. Bus Stops With Free Wifi and Phone Chargers

Soofa’s “smart bench” treats public transit users like 21st century citizens

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The city just dropped a serious operating system upgrade for South L.A.: a solar-powered “smart bench” and bus shelter complete with USB charging ports for phones and other electronics, Wi-Fi, and fancy LED lights. The new tricked out transit stop also displays real-time information for Metro and City buses, so commuters will know just how long they have to stream The Mindy Project or charge their phones before their rides show up. According to a press release, urban engineering company Soofa designed the bench; Outfront/JCDecaux is behind the complementary high-tech shelter.

Mayor Eric Garcetti debuted the bench on Central Avenue on Monday (a shelter with similar bells and whistles was installed downtown in June), but thanks to the city’s Great Streets Initiative, he got to make like Oprah and make each and every district’s day. He revealed that 14 more smart structures will be installed across the city through the program over the next nine months. That’s a smart bus stop for you! And a smart bus stop for you! And a smart bus stop for you!