The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) has selected Carmanah Technologies Corporation’s i-Stop, a new solar-powered bus stop illumination system, for their “Enhanced Service Routes.”Victoria, British Columbia – March 19, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Atlanta’s CAD$125,000 (US$85,000) purchase marks the largest and most prominent installation of i-STOP systems since the product’s market introduction in September of 2002. “Atlanta’s installation will be an ideal showcase for the i-STOP,” said Carmanah’s CEO, Art Aylesworth. “MARTA plans to enthusiastically promote this pilot project and the North American transit industry will be watching with great interest.” As one of the largest agencies in the US Transportation Industry, MARTA is constantly looking for ways to improve services. The solar-powered Carmanah i-STOP is one of the mechanisms it is implementing to improve service and security, reduce complaints, and increase rider ship according to Carmanah. “Transit is an industry with a remarkable appetite for new technologies,” said Aylesworth. “The i-STOP is a perfect fit; it’s a high-tech, cost-effective means of increasing security and enhancing customer service. It can transform the rider experience and assist in increasing rider ship – all while using a ‘green’ alternative energy source.” In addition to providing its core functions of security lighting, bus signaling and illuminated schedule information, MARTA’s passengers will know that i-STOP systems indicate Enhanced Bus-Stop Service. MARTA’S order was shipped on February 26, 2003. The four key Atlanta bus routes will operate with the Enhanced Service beginning March 24, 2003. A special new fleet of unique, blue buses (called “Blue Flyers”) will service the Enhanced Stops, and their color will match the color of the i-STOP systems. The i-STOP is the world’s first solar-powered, LED (light emitting diode) bus-stop illumination system and was officially unveiled in September 2002 at the International APTA Conference. Over 20 transportation authorities across North America have responded with multi-unit i-STOP purchases including agencies from Sacramento, California; Arlington, Virginia; Newark, New Jersey; Seattle, Washington and others.