There are over half a million buses on the roads in the United States, and how bus stops are constructed is critical not only for effective transit operations, but for the safety of passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. A bus stop pad must be strong enough to accommodate vehicle weights of more than 25,000 pounds, over and over.
Those that have high ridership or stops where buses make a turn, have increased loads and resultant wear on these pads, and for areas where more than one bus may stop at the same time, an additional fifty feet is typically required for each additional bus. In these areas, using basalt rather than steel reinforced concrete pads is ideal because it eliminates the typical failure problems that occur with asphalt.
In fact, pads that have been constructed with untreated steel rebar have a short life expectancy of typically ten to fifteen years maximum. Conversely, concrete slabs that have been reinforced with basalt rebar are built for optimal endurance and should be fully functional for a hundred years.
As a result of excessive weight atop steel rebar reinforced pads, shrinkage, settlement, and uplift frequently results in cracks and damage to the concrete pavement. When the concrete develops defects such as cracks, gaps, displacement, or holes, the steel reinforcing rebar soon begins to deteriorate and rust as water and other elements seep in.
When this inevitable deterioration occurs, expensive and time-consuming repairs or replacement of the concrete pavement become a necessity in order to provide a safe public environment. Naturally, these maintenance issues create unnecessary service disruptions to passengers.
As a result, choosing basalt rebar instead of steel rebar to construct bus pads ensures they will last virtually forever, and will provide superlative tensile strength, along with immunity to corrosive chemicals.
Industry leader Basalt America is using green technology to produce basalt fiber reinforced polymer products that are two to three times stronger and 80% lighter than steel. These steel replacement products never rust, create virtually no carbon footprint and have lifespans of more than a century.
The products are carefully assembled in a controlled environment, free from contamination to increase their durability and longevity.
When used as an alternative to steel rebar to construct bus stop pads, they will last for over 100 years. With its durability, strength and longevity, this superior product can offer the performance that’s needed, while being economically and environmentally friendly.
If you would like more information on how our basalt products can help you build a better bus stop, please visit basaltamerica.com today.