RTA to construct solar-powered bus shelters in Dubai

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The director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, divulged that the transport authority decided to accomplish Phase II of the structure of air-conditioned bus shelters for commuters of public buses in Dubai.

RTA to construct solar-powered bus shelters in Dubai

RTA to construct solar-powered bus shelters in Dubai

400 bus shelters, air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned, will be built in different parts of Dubai, based on the capacity of demand in per area. Upon finishing, the project will lift the total number of bus shelters in the region to 1,285.

Al Tayer divulged the latest model design for solar-powered bus shelters  which will be powered by solar panels to create sufficient electricity to light up the shelter, and affixed advertising signs, in places whereas electric current is low or absent.

This project is part of RTA’s incessant endeavor to preserve and sustain its distinction and pioneering determination through taking on quality projects in Dubai.  The latest designed crescent-shaped shelters are assembled from high-class materials and utilizing paints unaffected by dust, humidity and heat. They will also be appropriate with new air-conditioning structures, and eight seats custom-made to provide further expediency to people.

This shelter can cater 13 to 16 persons. It is also receptive to the benefit for disabled people and there will be also screens which straightforwardly connected with the control room of Public Transport Agency so as to convey details regarding rides, trips and roads accessible.

Meanwhile, the protective solar sheets are composed of glazed material supplied on the foundation of a technical and engineering model avoiding the infiltration of as much as possible of rays to the commuters. The solar panels are composed of high class materials to create and bring electricity in such a way allowing utmost exposure and focus of rays to convert it into electric power. LED lights will be utilized to power billboards to save on the use of electric power.

By means of this project, RTA seeks to give a desirable element alluring individuals to utilize bulk transit means and consequently urge the share of public transport in the day by day mobility of people in Dubai from 6% in 2006 to 20% in 2020, and also additional to 30% by 2030.

RTA has already concluded Phase I of the air-conditioned shelters, which contained the structure of 885 shelters at 635 bus stops.

Mohamed Dekkak

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