Creative Bus Stops Offer Distraction From a Mundane Commute

Posted on July 17, 2012

If you’ve spent any time traveling via the many public transit systems across the country or the world, perhaps you’ve noticed just how boring your surroundings can be.  Well, city planners have noticed that too, which is why a number of bus stations across the world have been gussied up in order to make commuters’ waits a little more pleasant, or at least more interesting.

Ever wondered what it would be like to sit in the inside of a giant fruit?  Konagai, Japan has you covered.  They have dotted their landscape with 16 different fruity bus stops where commuters can rest inside things like an enormous watermelon or strawberry.  Originally used to promote a 1990 travel expo, the brightly colored bus stops have been kept around because of their popularity with tourists.

If you live in warm climes, then you might fantasize about air-conditioned bus stops such as those in Dubai.  The only problem is a 10% malfunction rate in such edifices because of the doors continually being left open.  On the opposite end of the spectrum, Minneapolis has bus stations shaped to look like ovens, complete with actual heaters during the winter months.

But perhaps the coolest bus stop of them all is closer to home.  In Ventura, California, a sculptor has gone all-out to showcase a bus in the midst of transforming into a house.  The massive structure truly has to be seen to be believed.

Check out these bus stops and more innovative designs at the link above.

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