SentryGlas® for innovative rapid transit system in California
Since 2015, the Fresno Area Express (FAX), operated by the Department of Transportation in the City of Fresno, California, USA, has undertaken three separate major capital improvement projects, which have been implemented to improve services to the city’s many public transit users.
The three projects are the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT ) Project ($52 million investment), Courthouse Park Intermodal Transit Center Improvement Project ($2 million investment), and the Manchester Transit Center Remodel Project ($2 million investment).
Funded by federal and state funds, the new BRT system − called FAX Q, which stands for “quick” and “quality” − is instantly recognizable with its light blue colored, natural-gas-powered buses. Offering more frequent services, fewer stops, and off-board fare payments, it has been designed to reduce overall travel times.
In addition to these timetabling advantages, the buses also offer clean air, plush seating and energy-efficient windows. The whole package being designed to make the everyday public-transportation experience a more pleasurable activity.
The BRT Project has added 52 high-frequency bus stations along a 15.7 mile corridor, which runs through the City of Fresno. Each station includes modern passenger amenities, such as benches, trash receptacles, shelter, ticket-vending machines and real-time departure information.
The striking designs of the new buses is complemented by the design of these new shelters, which are custom designed and fabricated for the project and include suspended glass canopies. In every shelter SentryGlas® ionoplast interlayers from Trosifol® have been deployed. SentryGlas® has also been used in the other projects, with 66 panels being installed as part of the Courthouse Park Intermodal Transit Center Improvement Project and 72 panels in the Manchester Transit Center Remodel Project. All glass panels are secured by CRL spider hangers or stanchions.