July 28, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Carmanah Technologies Corporation has been selected by the suburban bus division of Chicago’s Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) based in Pace, Illinois for their solar illuminated bus stop technology. The RTA has purchased $25,000 in Carmanah i-STOP units for field trial through an open competitive bidding process. The agency, which serves 5.2 million people in greater Chicago, is completing a $14.7 million Intelligent Bus System to improve efficiency, reduce waiting times and increase ridership. The i-STOP installs on common bus-stop poles and consists of an illuminated bus schedule, a security light and a flashing LED (light-emitting diode) beacon that notifies bus drivers up to one mile (1.6 kilometers) in advance if there is someone waiting at the stop. Carmanah said their product is a particularly effective solution to transit’s persistent problem of rider “pass-bys” in areas of poor lighting, busy traffic or high driving speeds.