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December 8, 2022  |   Posted In Uncategorized

Tolar Manufacturing Company awarded multi-year, $8M contract by CapMetro in Austin, Texas

Contract begins with one-year base period, includes four option years.

Tolar Manufacturing Company, North America’s leader in the design and fabrication of award-winning transit shelters, has been awarded a multi-year contract to design, fabricate, and deliver bus stop shelters for use by riders of Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (CapMetro) in Austin, Texas. The $8,365,350 contract begins with a one-year base period with an option for four additional years in which to produce up to 550 new shelters for stops throughout the CapMetro service area.

“Our team is proud to continue providing bus shelter solutions for the city of Austin and surrounding areas,” said Gary Tolar, President and CEO of Tolar Manufacturing Company. “Knowing our shelters will be installed at bus stops currently without bus shelters is extremely satisfying. It means more people will be provided a safe and comfortable place to wait for their bus and frankly, that’s very important.” Tolar Manufacturing Company has delivered over 300 bus shelters to CapMetro since 2016. This new five-year contract will bring that total to over 850 bus stops throughout the greater Austin area that will provide individuals with Tolar-built shelter, shade, and a place to rest as they travel through the CapMetro service area.

The Tolar Signature Brazos model 12-ft shelters are customized to meet the specific needs of CapMetro riders and the unpredictable central Texas weather. With a highly visible street-side agency branding banner, the shelters incorporate a weather-protecting aluminum roof and perforated metal walls. Side perforated screens offer a convenient mounting location for agency-provided e-paper real-time information signs, and the shelter roof is designed to provide easy mounting for agency provided solar lighting to enhance passenger safety and help operators easily identify shelter occupancy during night service.

“The safety of our customers is a priority for CapMetro,” says CapMetro Technical Program Manager Moraima Dones. “We all know that people have to get to work, the grocery store or wherever their destination is, even if it’s raining, snowing or if it’s 100 degrees outside. Anyone standing or sitting at a CapMetro bus stop should feel protected from the weather elements, which at times can be extreme. The new accessible shelters will be installed at various locations to replace some of the outdated shelters that no longer meet the standards of the agency.”

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