The New York MTA's LED project will brighten every subway platform and mezzanine, increasing safety system-wide and enhancing the customer experience.  -  Photo: Marc A. Hermann

The New York MTA's LED project will brighten every subway platform and mezzanine, increasing safety system-wide and enhancing the customer experience.

Photo: Marc A. Hermann

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) plans to convert all 150,000 fluorescent light fixtures across the subway system to LED lighting by the middle of 2026.

The project will brighten every subway platform and mezzanine, increasing safety system-wide and enhancing the customer experience. The new LED light fixtures will also enhance illumination for 15,000 security cameras in the subway system, further increasing safety in the transit system.

“By upgrading the lighting at each of our 472 subway stations, we are not only making our stations brighter and safer for customers but also reducing our costs and emissions," said New York City Transit President Richard Davey. "It's simple: a brighter station is a safer station. Transit crews have already upgraded the lighting at every station where we've completed a Re-NEW-Vation, and customer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Soon, these benefits to the customer experience will be felt systemwide as we supercharge LED deployments in 2024."

The LED replacement project began in late January 2024 at Bergen St F and G stations ​​, followed by Carroll St F and G stations​​, and most recently at Lafayette Av C station​, where New York City Transit officials unveiled the new station lighting.  -  Photo: Marc A. Hermann

The LED replacement project began in late January 2024 at Bergen St F and G stations ​​, followed by Carroll St F and G stations​​, and most recently at Lafayette Av C station​, where New York City Transit officials unveiled the new station lighting.

Photo: Marc A. Hermann

The LED Project

The LED replacement project began in late January 2024 at Bergen St F and G stations ​​, followed by Carroll St F and G stations​​, and most recently at Lafayette Av C station​, where New York City Transit officials unveiled the new station lighting.

The project will also generate an estimated $5.9 million in annual recurring energy and material cost savings. It follows in the footsteps of the MTA’s Re-NEW-Vation project, which includes station-wide repairs, enhancements, and deep cleanings across the subway system.

Since the beginning of the Re-NEW-Vation project, 63 stations have been upgraded. In October of 2023, NYCT celebrated its accomplishment of completing a promised 50 Re-NEW-vated stations before the end of 2023.

In all, 53 stations were renovated in 2023, the first full year of the program. NYCT will complete upgrades, repairs, and deep cleanings at 13 more subway stations in the first quarter of 2024.

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