Policy Solution

Cooled transit stations

Funding and Financing


Summary: Protect public transit riders at stations to minimize exposure to extreme heat through shading, greenery, and/or water features.

Implementation: Plan, design, and construct cooling interventions to existing and new transit stations.

Considerations for Use: Cooling interventions at transit stations can be piloted on high priority corridors, at highly-frequented stations, or in the most heat vulnerable neighborhoods.

  • Policy Levers:

    Funding and FinancingThe allocation of public or philanthropic funding or private financing to implement projects, including risk transfer mechanisms.
  • Trigger Points:

    Evaluating or initiating major city infrastructure projectsIncludes projects such as city transit, street or utilities construction / re-construction etc.
  • Intervention Type:
    Buildings and Built Form
  • Sectors:
    Informal Settlements, Transportation


  • Target Beneficiaries:
    Heat-vulnerable communities, Residents
  • Phase of Impact:
    Emergency response and management, Risk reduction and mitigation
  • Metrics:
    Number of heat-related hospitalizations


  • Intervention Scale:
  • Authority and Governance:
    City government
  • Implementation Timeline:
    Short-term (1-2 Years)
  • Implementation Stakeholders:
    City government
  • Funding Sources:
    Public investment
  • Capacity to Act:
    High, Medium


  • Cost-Benefit:
  • Public Good:
  • GHG Reduction:
  • Co-benefits (Climate/Environmental):
  • Co-benefits (Social):
    Improve human health, Improve the public realm