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Red Deer transit stops shining brighter with solar upgrades

Red Deer transit stops shining brighter with solar upgrades

RED DEER, ALTA. — Red Deer residents can thank the day’s sunshine for lit transit bus stops during the night.

This month city crews began installing new solar-powered lights to illuminate more than 100 transit bus stops across Red Deer.

During the next few months new solar-powered lights will be installed at six transit shelters and on 96 transit posts at various locations. Lights within the shelters will turn on automatically once natural sunlight diminishes and turn off when natural light returns. Lights installed on the transit posts are activated by pushing the large button on the post.

“We are confident these added lights will increase both safety and security for transit users,” said Trever Sparrow, superintendent, conventional services, in a statement. “Once installation is complete, every single Red Deer transit shelter will have lights, in addition to nearly 100 other transit stops.”

The solar-powered lights, paid for by the Federal Public Transit Infrastructure Fund and Provincial GreenTRIP grants, were planned as part of the broader Transit Network Improvements Project.

High-traffic, low-light areas were identified for solar-powered post lamps. Sun exposure was considered to ensure the lamps would acquire enough solar energy to operate, while stops with excessive tree canopy or buildings that may block the sun for large portions of the day were excluded from consideration.

“We were careful in selecting which stops would receive the new lights,” said Sparrow. “We will review the ongoing operation of these new lights to assess if and when more may be installed in the future.”

Solar light installation is expected to continue through October.

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