NYPA Press Release

New York Power Authority Partners with Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Track Lighting Upgrades at Grand Central Terminal

For Immediate Release: 9/10/20

Contact: Paul DeMichele | paul.demichele@nypa.gov | (914) 390-8186

 

Project Supports Governor Cuomo’s Climate Leadership and

Community Protection Act

 

WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) have completed the replacement of platform lighting throughout Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. The energy-saving and safety upgrades, which began before the Covid-19 virus struck New York and have recently been finalized under strict Covid prevention and return to work guidelines, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1,655 tons a year—the equivalent of taking roughly 325 cars off the road—in addition to significant savings on energy and maintenance costs annually. The energy-saving upgrades advance Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, the most aggressive climate change law in the nation, through the increased use of energy efficiency to annually reduce electricity demand by three percent—equivalent to 1.8 million New York households—by 2025.

 

The $2.7 million lighting upgrade, implemented by NYPA in partnership with MTA, called for the installation of more than 4,000 platform lighting fixtures on the lower and upper levels of Grand Central Terminal. In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving taxpayer dollars, the new lights will improve safety for the more than 750,000 travelers who visit the terminal every day. NYPA is also providing $630,000 in funding for the project and all the upfront financing, with MTA 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.”

 

“It's so important, especially during these challenging times, that Metro-North can continue to provide a safe environment for our customers, while also being mindful of cost savings and reducing our carbon footprint,” said Catherine Rinaldi, Metro-North Railroad President. “By partnering with NYPA to upgrade lighting at Grand Central Terminal we are cutting maintenance costs and increasing energy efficiency for years to come."

 

Under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s leadership, NYPA and MTA have partnered to complete more than $262 million in energy efficiency projects, saving $22 million annually and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by almost 66 thousand tons a year—the equivalent of taking nearly 13,000 cars off the road.

 

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Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act

New York has ambitious climate change mitigation policies that are reflected in the adoption of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). The CLCPA establishes the State goal of economy-wide net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as well as a reduction of GHG emissions from all anthropogenic sources by at least 85 percent over 1990 levels by the year 2050, with an interim target of at least a 40 percent reduction by the year 2030. The CLCPA requires both substantial emissions reductions and complementary adaptation measures to address the severe impacts of climate change, including transportation electrification as a mitigation measure to harness substantial emissions reductions. New York's transportation sector is responsible for more of the State's carbon dioxide emissions than any other sector, and these emissions are growing.

 

About NYPA

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