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 either the City, Cemusa or the MBTA.  In 2004, the City of Cambridge entered into an agreement with Cemusa Inc, through a program developed by the MBTA. 

Cemusa 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 Cemusa shelters were 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. 

The City also owns and maintains shelters that were installed prior to the Cemusa program, or in locations where a Cemusa shelter was not deemed feasible.  The MBTA also owns and maintains a some shelters in Cambridge and will be placing more shelters on some their busiest bus routes through their Key Bus Routes program in 2012-2013. 

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.