A Call for Shelter for L.A.’s Bus Riders
A lack of bus shelters in the Los Angeles region poses a health risk to those who frequent buses, according to new research by UCLA and advocacy group Move LA that has received attention in news outlets including Los Angeles magazine, the Los Angeles Times and Smart Cities Dive. “Heat already kills more people than any natural disaster, and that’s at the levels that we have now,” said Madeline Brozen, deputy director of the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and co-author of the study. “It’s going to be getting worse in the future as climate change worsens and L.A. County continues to get hotter and hotter.” Without shelter, many users of public transportation are at risk of cardiovascular, kidney and respiratory disorders. Most of the city’s bus stops are located in the hottest areas where low-income people of color often reside, and the decision to provide shelter is left to local jurisdictions, Brozen explained.
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