Solar Power Lights at Selected County Bus Stops


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March 20, 2007

Solar-Powered Lights Illuminate Selected Fairfax County Bus Stops

 The Fairfax County Department of Transportation is testing solar-powered LED-illuminated transit stops at 10 Fairfax Connector bus stop locations in a preliminary study to evaluate increased visibility and safety for bus passengers. Improving lighting at bus stop and shelters was a recommendation in the 2005 Fairfax County "Bus Stop Inventory and Safety Study." That study was conducted in conjunction with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors' pedestrian initiatives and its Four-Year Transportation Program.

The locations were chosen by coordinating feedback from the contractor that operates Fairfax Connector bus service with the prioritized locations identified in the "Bus Stop Inventory and Safety Study." The test locations are below. A list of the bus routes that serve these stops and more information on the Bus Stop Lighting Project is available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/connector under "service highlights."

Bus Stop Light PoleLED-illuminated transit stops installed March 8:

  • North Shore Drive at Cameron Crescent Drive
  • North Shore Drive at Temporary Road
  • South Lakes Drive at Escalante Court
  • Reston Parkway at Glade Drive
  • Colts Neck Road at South Lakes Drive

LED-illuminated transit stops to be installed in April:

  • Mount Vernon Memorial Highway at Mount Vernon Road (Two stops will be located at Mount Vernon Memorial Highway and Mount Vernon Road on opposite sides of the street.)
  • Hummer Road at Frontage Road
  • Franconia Road at Ridge View Drive
  • Backlick Road at Hechinger Drive

The LED-illuminated transit stops installed are Carmanah i-STOPs®. The i-STOP down-lighting is activated by the push of an ADA-compliant button labeled "light." The down-lighting focuses on the passengers immediate waiting area. After five minutes, the down-lighting automatically goes dark, but can be re-activated as often as needed. The i-STOP also features a flashing signal activated by pushing an ADA-compliant button labeled "signal." The 30-second signal can be seen by drivers of approaching buses. As a safety feature, the signal feature could help deter passengers from stepping from the curb to flag down a bus. 

The solar-powered LED-illuminated transit stops not only are more cost-effective than lights that require electricity, but also support the Board of Supervisors' environmental agenda outlined in "Environmental Excellence for Fairfax County - A 20-Year Vision." Information about the plan and the board's fiscal year 2008 environmental agenda is available on the county's Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/living/environment/eip/.

Fairfax Connector buses carry more than 30,000 passengers each weekday and the county continues to look at opportunities to make this service as safe and convenient as possible. Comments from the public regarding the solar-powered LED-illuminated transit stops are welcome and should be mailed to: Bus Stop Lighting Program, c/o Fairfax County Department of Transportation, Suite 1034, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035.

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation plans to continue this preliminary study through the spring, and work with the public to identify additional locations to test in the fall.

Editor's note: For media inquiries and a photo of the i-STOP lighting, contact Paul Mounier, Fairfax County Department of Transportation, 703-324-1470, TTY 703-324-1102

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