Press Release Article


Date: Jun 30, 2009
Press Release Number: 81-2009

The Port Authority today announced that it has completed the installation of energy-efficient LED lighting on the iconic necklace of the George Washington Bridge, the world’s busiest bridge. This is the first bridge of its kind in the metropolitan region to have a full strand of LED lighting.

The necklace lighting is now lit by 156 light- emitting diode (LED) fixtures replacing the mercury vapor fixtures. LED lighting distributes light more efficiently and requires less energy.

The LED fixtures have an estimated life expectancy of 60,000 hours or 15 years compared to one year for the existing lighting. The use of LED lighting on the bridge will produce an estimated annual energy and maintenance savings of $49,000. An annual carbon dioxide emissions reduction of approximately 220, 000 pounds is expected with the use of the new system.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “For more than 75 years the George Washington Bridge has inspired people around the globe with its graceful lines and towering structure. With its new energy-efficient lighting, we hope the George will now inspire those who use and visit the bridge to take the problem of global warming seriously and reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions."

Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, “Our job goes beyond moving people and goods. We also must be good environmental stewards, and this project is part of our extensive, ongoing efforts to do our part at all of our facilities.”

This capital project was authorized by the Board of Commissioners in 2007 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Port Authority facilities.

The New York Power Authority assisted with the prototype development and testing in 2008 that resulted in a public bid based on the necessary performance specification of the fixtures.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Candace McAdams or Jennifer Friedberg, 212 435-7777

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Port Authority Auto Marine Terminal; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; the Greenville Yard-Port Authority Marine Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan and is a partner in the Access to the Region's Core tunnel project.

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