Bus Shelters

Cemusa bus shelter on Concord Avenue at the playing fields behind the armory.

Bus shelters are located at many of the busiest bus stops in Cambridge to provide a convenient and comfortable place to wait for the bus. Using buses for everyday transportation is a convenient and cost effective way to get around. Providing bus shelters is one of the ways that the City and the Massachusetts Bay Transit Agency (MBTA) hope to encourage people to use buses.

Bus shelters in Cambridge are owned and maintained by the City, the MBTA, JCDecaux, or other private entities. Since 2004, the City of Cambridge has had an agreement with JCDecaux (formerly Cemusa), through a program developed by the MBTA.

JCDecaux sells advertising space on one end panel of each shelter to finance the purchase and maintenance of these shelters with a portion of any net profits going to the City and the MBTA. Locations of JCDecaux shelters are determined by identifying the busiest bus stops, environmental justice areas, as well as stops near senior housing developments, hospitals and other locations where a shelter is of particular benefit. Click the links below to see images of newly installed JCDecaux shelters at the following bus stop locations:

The City also owns and maintains shelters that were installed prior to the JCDecaux program, or in locations where a JCDecaux shelter was not deemed feasible. The MBTA also owns and maintains a some shelters in Cambridge.

Click here for map of the current location of shelters in the City.

For More Information

For more information, please contact Bill Deignan in the Environmental and Transportation Planning Division at 617/439-4632, or wdeignan@cambridgema.gov.