New York utility partners on lighting upgrade at Grand Central Terminal


The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) have completed the replacement of platform lighting throughout Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal.

The project with its energy-saving upgrades forms part of the state’s energy efficiency drive. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act seeks an annual reduction in electricity demand by three per cent by 2025. This is equivalent to 1.8 million New York households.

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The $2.7 million lighting upgrade called for the installation of more than 4,000 platform lighting fixtures throughout Grand Central Terminal. In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving costs on energy and maintenance, the new lights will improve safety for the more than 750,000 travellers who transit the terminal daily.

NYPA is providing $630,000 in funding for the project and all the upfront financing. MTA is utilizing the project’s annual energy and maintenance savings to repay NYPA the cost difference over the next several years.

“Grand Central Terminal is one of New York’s most iconic structures and MTA and NYPA have leveraged our longstanding partnership to continually modernize the facility while reducing its energy use,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “This lighting project improves safety for the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who use Grand Central daily and brings New York closer to a clean energy economy.”

“By partnering with NYPA to upgrade lighting at Grand Central Terminal we are cutting maintenance costs and increasing energy efficiency for years to come,” added Catherine Rinaldi, Metro-North Railroad President.

NYPA and MTA have partnered to complete more than $262 million in energy efficiency projects to date. The savings are $22 million annually and greenhouse gas emissions reductions of almost 66,000 tons a year.

In 2015 NYPA and MTA completed a major upgrade of Grand Central Terminal’s heating and cooling systems to improve energy efficiency and building comfort.