Heated sidewalks are one of the many BusPlus BRT station improvements CDTA has invested in for the Capital Region. Snow melt pads are installed in the sidewalks near the stations along each transit corridor. Sensors are embedded in the pads and are triggered by atmospheric changes such as moisture and temperature. When the sensors detect certain winter conditions the controller, stored in the station's pylon, is automatically turned on, sustainably heating the sidewalk. This reduces the need for snow removal at the stop locations, but more importantly, heated sidewalks ensure that the station's exterior remains safe and accessible for customers.
These snow melt systems can be embedded during any typical sidewalk installation. Heated sidewalks use renewable energy from the solar panels on the station's roof, eliminating the need for additional electrical power. Once the Red Line Refresh and Purple Line projects are complete, there will be heated sidewalks at around half of the BusPlus BRT stations.