Bus riders in Thunder Bay will be able to take shelter at more stops in the future as more than 50 new shelters are slated to be built.

Thunder Bay Transit reports the city's plan for public transportation calls for the structures to be installed over the next five years.


Thunder Bay Transit will install more than 50 bus shelters in the next five years. (Gary Rinne/CBC)

Currently, about 15 per cent of the roughly 800 bus stops in the city have shelters, transit manager Brad Loroff said, so upgrading the stops has become a priority.

"So that's really the next stage of where we're putting our focus," he said. "[It’s] what needs to be done at bus stops to make them convenient for passengers, attractive to passengers, and allow them what they need to do when they're wanting to use transit."

The new shelters will also be larger than the existing ones, he noted, making them more accessible to people in wheelchairs. Over the past several years, transit has invested capital money into upgrading the buses to make the fleet 100 per cent accessible, he said.

Other upgrades to the stops will include better sidewalk access, the installation of benches and garbage containers.

"It's more than just a shelter because … you need to be able to get to and from the stop safely," Loroff said.

"Once you're at the stop, you need to … be afforded some type of convenience when you're waiting for your transit trip."