Learn about retractable canopies
These canopies for mass transit platforms are becoming more common as ridership grows and cities search for ways to increase capacity.
Retractable canopies are a great way to add some extra shade and protection from the elements to your outdoor living spaces. They can be installed on decks, patios, and even in yards and can be extended or retracted depending on the weather or your needs.
These canopies are made of a variety of materials, including canvas, vinyl, and metal. Some canopies are motorized and can be retracted with the touch of a button, while others require manual operation. They come in a range of sizes, colors, and styles to suit any taste or budget.
Rapid growth in urban populations is straining city resources, including mass transit networks, parking facilities, roads, and housing. Cities have traditionally solved these problems by building new infrastructure. But this approach is expensive, time-consuming, and often prohibitively difficult due to political or geographical constraints.
Instead of expanding into undeveloped areas or seeding suburbs that could turn into ghost towns if surrounding communities don’t develop at the same rate, retrofitting existing neighborhoods with These canopies may be a better solution to accommodate growing populations while preserving open space.
These canopies are perhaps most commonly associated with airports. But other types of retractable structures are being considered for use in urban areas, including solar canopies, carports, or bus shelters that would “retract” during inclement weather.
These solutions are expensive and problematic because they typically rely on mechanical systems to deploy and collapse the structures, which requires regular maintenance and inspection. They also take up precious street space when open.
Retractable canopies at mass transit platforms solve these problems by using existing infrastructure to cover passengers while improving accessibility for riders with disabilities, providing protection from extreme weather conditions, or allowing enclosed walkways between adjacent buildings.
Platforms covered by These canopies could allow cities to focus limited funds on boosting capacity instead of shoring up crumbling infrastructure. These canopies are also becoming more common as ridership grows.
Another alternative is to build walkways or enclosed paths between urban structures that would allow people to access transportation without having to use the street.
This approach could be problematic due to privacy concerns for tenants of adjacent structures who do not wish to be exposed to the masses on mass transit platforms or commuters accessing train stations, especially since ridership typically increases during rush hours. Enclosed walkways could provide better security at night when platforms are most crowded.
These canopies solve these problems by enclosing only the platform itself, making it easier for city planners to locate them where they are needed most and providing a weather-protected area for passengers.
These canopies are becoming more common as cities search for ways to increase capacity without expanding into undeveloped areas.