Unlike the mass-produced bus stops commonly seen in cities today, the Adaptable Bus Stop is designed to fit optimally the physical characteristics of the location in which it is installed. When planning to install a new bus stop, a city official can input parameters that describe the installation site, such as width of the pavement, angle towards the sun, and average volume of bus passengers, into software. A parametric design model determines the unique shape for a bus stop which ensures optimal shelter at that site. The size of the roof and the distribution of patterns throughout it will vary as well as the location and shape of the bench.
A novel manufacturing scheme developed at the Lab allows low cost production of the customized bus stops using Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD-CAM) methods. This allows the production of unique objects at a cost close to that of mass production.