Project Profile: NYPA, NYCT Team to Brighten
Teamwork and attention to details paid off early in
2000 with the Power Authority-supervised completion of lighting upgrades
along some 83 miles of subway tunnels of the nation’s largest transit
system, nearly two full years ahead of schedule.
For New York City Transit (NYCT), one of the Power
Authority’s largest customers, the 14-month project will produce
estimated energy savings of $600,000 a year from lower electric bills
and additional maintenance savings. A total of about 17,000 lighting
fixtures were replaced along underground tracks in Manhattan, Brooklyn
and the Bronx, enhancing tunnel visibility while cutting power demand by
about 75 percent.
NYPA staff members, who provided technical and
construction management guidance, coordinated the work with NYCT crews
and contractors to minimize train service interruptions.
Installations were performed between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. while trains
were in normal operation.
NYPA has been asked to supervise additional tunnel
work; in 2001, transit crews began replacing thousands of color-coded
tunnel signals with new light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures, which are
expected to save NYCT an additional $150,000 a year in energy costs and
much more in maintenance savings because of the longer life of LED
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