The new solar-powered bus terminal is the first for NJ Transit. It even has charging stations.

In bad weather, the Jersey Day bus shelter is a safe haven for passengers looking to stay dry or out of the wind or the sun.

But that is what all the bus shelters have done so far.

NJ Transit, municipal officials and state legislators on Monday held a ceremony to announce the future of bus accommodation.

An experimental solar-powered bus shelter is being tested at a crowded bus stop on Cherry Hill. In addition to accommodating passengers on the 406 bus to Philadelphia, it also has solar panels on the roof at Charlie Hill Avenue 70 and South Cornell Avenue to charge lights and USB outlets.

The new housing features high-intensity LED lighting, dual-port USB charging outlet, and a solar-powered battery. It also has a motion sensor that automatically turns on and off the lights to save battery.

Jim Smith, spokesman for NJ Transit, said the hand-built shelter would cost $ 11,900.

NJ Transit officials plan to evaluate the operation before deciding whether to install additional solar panels in other parts of the region.

Some of the factors that determine the durability of the shelters, how well the solar panels handle the weather, the reliability of the batteries, and whether the USB ports are designed to be worn and maintained by the public, Smith said.

NJ Transit officials say they will make a decision on the pilot program in the next 18 months.

The solar shelter’s NG Transit will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Govi ​​Phil Murphy Energy Master Plan.

“This is a recent initiative by NJ Transit as part of the regime’s commitment to a sustainable, energy-efficient transportation system,” said State Transport Commissioner Diane Guterres-Saskatchewan.

Solar-powered bus shelters are being tested or used by other transportation agencies.

MTA was hit by a problem bus in Stuyvestant, a Manhattan suburb of Manhattan, in 2016, where it was charged with poor lighting for the death of an 88-year-old woman who was crossing the street in 2016. The performance of the solar panels at that shelter will determine whether NYC DOT will relocate.

The Pittsburgh Port Authority will include solar bus shelters in the last 43 shelters, which will be replaced by a larger shelter program this fall.

Among the 203 new shelters launched in 2017, Transit Windsor in Canada includes solar-powered shelters. 27 of these shelters have USB charging ports, such as the NJ Transit.

“I’m very pleased that NJ Transitit has been able to put this solar-powered bus terminal in place by one step toward zero emissions by 2040,” said Donald Norchor, a US envoy. Benefits such as a charger, or a roof or a roof in the rain, make public transportation a more attractive option for Cherry Hill.

This accommodation is being protected by NJ Transit, which is a departure from the standard agreement that municipalities expect to receive NJ Transit free of charge.

Because NJ Transit protects the shelter structure and solar panels, the test shelter requires a slightly different agreement with the host community. “Those items will be included in the standard accommodation agreement and the host communities will be responsible for maintaining all aspects of the shelter as it is now.

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Larry Higgs can be reached lhiggs@njadvancemedia.com.

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