2001: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and local officials mark the opening of 27 new Metro Rapid bus stations on Ventura Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley.
Nine of the stations on Line 750 include a canopy for weather protection and a variable message sign.
The other 18 stations have two marker poles and the Metro Rapid “tear drop” sign.
With the variable message sign, passengers are informed of the bus’ exact arrival time.
It is the first use of such a real-time feature by any bus operation in the Los Angeles area.
The unique color and signage of the station match those of the Metro Rapid buses.
Suisman Urban Design developed the design and color scheme especially for the LACMTA.
Similar stations will be built over the next several months on Line 720, serving Wilshire/Whittier.