The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) announced its plans to install 150 new solar-powered bus shelters throughout the Las Vegas Valley as part of its federally funded transit amenities program.
(Wait...TriMet claims federal funds can't be used on bus amenities?)
“As a result, these 150 new bus shelters are estimated to save taxpayers about $54,000 a year in energy costs.”
(Whoa, a transit agency using federal funds to improve service AND cut costs???? Haven't I been saying that all along?)
The purchase and installation of the 150 new energy-saving shelters is funded by a $1.8 million formula grant from the Federal Transit Administration FTA that must be allocated for transit enhancement projects such as transit shelters.
(You mean...there's a specific federal grant program that pays for bus shelters?!!!)
In total, the RTC has approximately 3,500 transit stops valley-wide and 1,500 stops have shelters.
(Let's see...1,500 of 3,500 is... 43% of bus stops have shelters, in a city in the high desert?!!!)