(LAS VEGAS, KXNT, ASSOCIATED PRESS)–The Regional Transportation Commission and local transportation officials have unveiled new, solar-powered bus shelters that will eventually be installed at a hundred bus stops around the Valley.
The first will be at Spring Mountain Road and Decatur Avenue, where four people died in September 2012 when an impaired driver traveling at more than 90 miles an hour slammed a bus stop.
The new bus shelters will be installed farther away from the street and sidewalk to add an additional layer of safety for riders.
Carl Scarborough of RTC tells KXNT “we will build a pad, move the shelter back, and dramsatically improve safety and provide an amenity for people waiting for the bus”.
County Commissioner Susan Brager says the first stop will be installed in the next 6 to 8 weeks as permits and other logistics are expedited.
The driver involved in the Spring Mountain-Decatur tragedy, Gary Lee Hosey, later pleaded guilty to DUI death charges and was sentenced to between 24 and 80 years in prison.