Carmanah Solar Bus Stops for Vancouver

CarmanahTechnologies Corporation revealed that Vancouver, British Columbia, has become the first major Canadian city to install the company’s i-STOP solar-powered, illuminated bus stops. TransLink, Vancouver’s public transit authority now joins more than 65 other agencies throughout North America and abroad that have installed Carmanah lighting technologies.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – May 10, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Carmanah Technologies Corporation revealed that Vancouver, British Columbia, has become the first major Canadian city to install the company’s i-STOP solar-powered, illuminated bus stops. TransLink, Vancouver’s public transit authority now joins more than 65 other agencies throughout North America and abroad that have installed Carmanah lighting technologies. “This is a B.C. technology that has received worldwide recognition and we are proud to see our province’s largest transit agency picking it up,” said Carmanah CEO Art Aylesworth. “Our intent since developing the first prototype for London, England, has always been to bring it back home to North America where there is a market in the order of a million bus stops.” The Vancouver Regional Transportation Authority (TransLink) has installed i-STOP systems at bus stops in 17 areas of need throughout the city. TransLink will evaluate the system with an eye to future citywide purchases, based on customer feedback through 2004. Vancouver transit commuters at the I-STOP locations will now have the security of solar-powered down lighting in the bus waiting area. At selected stops, a backlit display also delivers easy-to-read timetable information and a customer-activated flashing beacon notifies bus drivers when there is someone waiting, enhancing service and eliminating pass-bys. “These environmentally sound, passenger-friendly bus stops are a good investment in customer service,” said TransLink chair Doug McCallum. “Improving the transit experience will help more people make the decision to try the bus.” The stops were quick and simple to install, requiring no digging or wiring to the city’s electrical infrastructure. The average cost of each bus stop is $1,750, compared to hardwired bus stop lighting costs of $2,500 to $8,000. The Carmanah bus stops will operate maintenance-free for several years, after which the recyclable batteries can be changed for continued performance.

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