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Glow stop

Submitted by lperez1 on September 09, 2009

The Glow Stop is characterized by its unique tent structure, responsive seating, and its innovative power sources. The tent structure not only envelopes the seating area, standing areas, and the public restroom, but it also funnels water from rain and snow into the support columns, and generates power, using photovoltaic fabric. Stored water is used in the restrooms and to water nearby vegetation. The energy generated from the photovoltaic fabric is used to power the interactive glowing signals that alert students with bus is about to arrive. The seating design maximizes seating by adapting a stadium style seating arrangement. Unlike regular stadium seats U stop seating allows people to sit in multiple positions such as cross-legged, leaned back, or stretched out. One of the main power sources for the U Stop is generated using the pavegen systems. The system generates energy from people walking. The pavegen blocks have been place in high areas of traffic such as in front of the library, at cross walks, by the stadium and most importantly at the bus station. This system not only generates power but it also increases student’s awareness of the bus stops. In front of the stop in the crosswalk area the pavegens light up to indicate which bus is arriving. Check-up stations have also been placed around campus, so that students can track the route of the bus and see how much time they have to get to the station. Typically there would be three to four near the stop.

Sponsored by the Utah Transit Authority, Federal Transit Authority and The University of Utah