Let there be light: bus stops illuminated to improve visibility
Leduc Transit is investing in rider safety by installing solar-powered lights at 14 bus stops with limited lighting. Support for the initiative is provided by the Government of Canada, contributing $12,500 to this project through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF), and by the Government of Alberta, contributing $6,250 through GreenTRIP.
“The Government of Canada is committed to investing in green infrastructure that helps communities find sustainable solutions to local needs,” said the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “These new solar-powered lights will increase visibility to improve passenger safety while also saving energy costs, a win-win for everyone in Leduc.”
Installation currently focuses on Route 2 in the west end of Leduc. Bus stop locations were chosen for lighting through consultation with bus drivers, who based their selection on current lighting conditions and consistent rider use. The intent is to keep riders visible to bus drivers and traffic during early morning and night times when lighting is usually poor.
“We are pleased to support the installation of cost-effective, environmentally-friendly solar powered bus stop lights in the Leduc area,” said the Honourable Brian Mason, Minister of Alberta Transportation. “This investment will improve safety and visibility for riders.”
In addition to improving visibility and safety, the lights are also dark sky friendly. Once it’s dark, riders can activate the LED lights on demand by pushing a button. When active, the lights stay on for roughly five minutes, shinning directly onto the bus stop below and minimizing light pollution cast into the night sky.
“It is important to Leduc County council to offer public transportation options to our residents, workers and visitors. Alongside the City of Leduc, we are proud to champion innovation with the installation of solar lights that help improve visibility and safety for our valued customers,” says Leduc County mayor Tanni Doblanko.
“The addition of these lights helps to fulfill Leduc city council’s mandate to balance growth and development with respect for our natural surroundings,” says City of Leduc mayor Bob Young. “Through partnership with Leduc County and with contributions from the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta, we are able to improve the experience for Leduc Transit riders while being mindful of the environment.”
Although other transit properties across Alberta have begun installing solar-powered technology, Leduc Transit is among the first to install solar bus stop lights.
More information regarding Leduc Transit is available online at LeducTransit.ca.
Leduc Transit is an inter-municipal transit partnership between the City of Leduc and Leduc County, offering service that connects the Leduc and Nisku areas and also stops at the Edmonton International Airport, the Premium Outlet Collection Edmonton International Airport and the Century Park LRT station in south Edmonton.
Communications Officer, City of Leduc
Communications Coordinator, Leduc County