MTA and NYPA to Announce Successful Start of Long Island Technologically Advanced Battery System Project
Friday, January 9

January 8, 2009

Contact:           Kevin Ortiz or Aaron Donovan, MTA (212) 878-7440
                        Jerry Mikorenda - (516) 542-0100, ext. 4352
                        Connie M. Cullen, NYPA (914) 390-8196           

In 2006, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, MTA Long Island Bus, and the New York Power Authority embarked on the first real-world trial of an advanced system of sodium sulfur batteries used for industrial purposes.  Tomorrow, agency officials will reconvene to announce the successful installation of that project.  Initiated through NYPA’s work with new energy technologies, these officials will describe how the system helps the MTA reduce costs while powering MTA Long Island Bus’ fleet of clean, compressed natural gas buses. 

WHO:               Elliot G. Sander, Executive Director and CEO of the MTA; Richard M. Kessel, President and CEO of the New York Power
                         Authority,  Joseph J. Smith, Sr. Vice President - NYCT Department of Buses, President - MTA Bus, President - LI Bus. 

WHAT:            Officials mark successful installation of sodium sulfur battery energy storage system for reducing energy costs 

WHEN:            Tomorrow, Friday, January 9, 2009 – 10:30 a.m. 

WHERE:          MTA Long Island Bus Mitchel Field Depot, 700 Commercial Avenue, Garden City, N.Y.
                        (LIRR to Mineola Station, transfer to the N24 East towards Roosevelt Field to Mitchel Field Depot) 

PARKING:       Please follow signs and directions from security personnel as to where to park.