H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that RTA had started the construction of two shelters powered by solar energy on a trial base as a solution for shelters in locations off the electric power grid.
Solar power generated would be used to operate lights, air-conditioners and billboards.
RTA has previously constructed 100 smart shelters in 15 districts of Dubai. Those shelters offer a range of services to users such as the selling & recharging of nol cards, topping-up mobile phones, and payment of bills of government and private entities in the UAE and abroad.
They are also fitted with interactive screens that can be used for advertising and promotion purposes, and screens displaying information about RTA’s services.
Said Al Tayer.“Through the project, RTA aims to encourage community members to use mass transit means with the aim of boosting the share of public transport users’ contribution in Dubai mobility traffic from 20% in 2020 to 30% by 2030.
“Bus shelters in Dubai are used by 1.208 million riders every month, and customers’ surveys indicate that air-conditioned shelters have a very high customer satisfaction rate,”
The Solar-Powered Shelters Project is an environmental-friendly option for shelters located in places with no electric power supply.
Through the solar power panels, it will be possible to power the air-conditioners, lighting and billboards at the shelter.
The project aims to address complaints of riders from the lack of shelters in certain locations, and encourage the use of mass transit means.
These shelters have a robust aluminium structure resistant to extreme weather conditions.
Seats are manufactured of durable materials with minimal heat-absorption for the convenience of users.
The sun-proof sheets are made of glazed material with a design geometrically engineered to protect the penetration of sunlight as much as possible to waiting passengers.
The solar panels are also made of high-quality materials distributed to ensure maximum exposure to sunlight and transform it into electrical power.
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