Bus

DART shelters, stops equipped with solar lighting

Posted on May 21, 2009

[IMAGE]DART-stop-full.jpg[/IMAGE]In an effort to protect the environment and cut operating costs, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is equipping its new bus shelters and stops with solar-powered lighting.

The $8.5 million, five-year project, using a mix of 80 percent federal and 20 percent local funds, will install 177 energy efficient bus shelters annually.

DART is evaluating the success of an initial 78 solar-powered bus stops called I-STOPs. Offering security down-lighting, schedule illumination and a rider-signaling device, the new solar-powered light brings an increased feeling of safety and security to the rider experience. Another benefit is it allows bus operators to see customers at night, which reduces accidental bus pass-bys. 

Adding lighting at shelters and stops is expensive due to the high cost of electricity, construction costs, and the periodic moving or removing of bus stops, according to agency officials. These new solar-powered units provide a cost savings and they can be moved or relocated where they are the most effective.  

Currently, DART has installed solar-powered bus stops at Haskell and Live Oak, Second and Jefferson, and Northwest Highway at Pickwick. Three new solar-powered shelters with solar-powered lighting are at Clark and Clarkridge, Harry Hines Blvd. at Royal Lane, and Scyene at Buckner.

DART has roughly 13,000 bus stops throughout its 13 member cities. Approximately 700 have shelters. Every new shelter built by DART from now on will have solar lighting if tree canopy and other factors permit. DART is also retrofitting earlier shelters so that in five years most will be illuminated with solar power.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Alexander Dennis wins award for excellence in international trade

Recipients were nominated and selected by the Department for International Trade, with the awards presented at a gala in Stirling, Scotland by Dr. Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade.

San Francisco commits to all-electric bus fleet by 2035

Muni is developing “Green Zones” to test current hybrid vehicles and their ability to run only on battery power.

U. of Colo. to host New Flyer battery-electric bus demo

The event will occur on Friday, May 18 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the university’s Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Complex.

D.C. Metro wins top honors at 2018 APTA Int'l Bus Roadeo

Best Transit Bus Operator, Maintenance Crew, Grand Champion and Customer Service Challenge winners named.

Last chance to apply for METRO's 2018 Innovative Solutions Awards

Applications can be submitted either by the operation or the solutions provider and will be judged by our BusCon Advisory Board, with winners recognized at BusCon’s Award Breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close