New York’s Capital District Launches Hybrid Bus Line With Sustainably Built Shelters

by , 04/15/11
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Public transportation is going green in Albany. The Capital District Transportation Authority has launched BusPlus, a new, limited stop bus line featuring hybrid buses and eco-friendly bus shelters, made with up to 85 percent recycled material and equipped with LED lights. Designed by Duo-Gard, the structures have a sleek appearance while still being sturdy enough to handle harsh Upstate New York winters.

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There are 36 shelters along the 17-mile BusPlus route, which runs from Schenectady to Albany. Duo-Gard is known for creating strong, durable structures, while emphasizing its use of renewable materials through the architectural design and daylighting systems. The shelters for the CDTA feature aluminum extrusions made from 60 to 85 percent recycled content, and all of the pieces are reusable or recyclable. The interiors are illuminated with energy-efficient LEDs, as well as the bus stop signage.

Jonathan Scherzer, director of marketing for the Capital District Transportation Authority told Green Biz that Duo-Gard was chosen because their product aligned with the authority’s desire for less environmental impact. Plus, the company’s designs have proven their durability in dozens of cities throughout the country. Perhaps the MTA should consider greening New York City’s bus shelters, too!

Via Green Biz

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