Eugene, Ore.-based Lane Transit District (LTD) recently transformed 15 bus shelters that did not previously have lighting by installing renewable-energy-powered lighting systems.

In a recent rider’s survey, LTD’s riders stated that safety at bus stops was very important to them, and these new lighting units create a safer environment by illuminating both the shelters and the surrounding areas. Another benefit to customers is that having the stops illuminated makes it easier for bus drivers to see riders who are waiting at a stop in the dark, generating less missed buses.

In order for a bus stop to be considered for a bus shelter, a minimum of 30 riders per day must utilize the stop.

“LTD currently has more than 180 shelters in the system, and access to electricity has been a challenge in some locations,” said Andy Vobora, LTD director, customer services and planning. “This solar-lighting project is very exciting because it provides the illumination that our customers want and it provides LTD with a solution that is environmentally friendly and cost effective.”

This lighting project is an ideal way to make taking the bus more pleasant; make walking and biking safer; and make neighborhood streets better by providing our community with light in a clean, green and practical way.

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