Press Release Article


Date: Jan 24, 2013
Press Release Number: 9-2013

84 year-old transit facility to get new LED lighting that will provide significant cost savings and benefits to the environment

As part of its continued focus on providing responsible stewardship of the region’s environment, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today launched its Greening the Holland Tunnel Initiative. Over the next several months, workers will install Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights throughout the tunnel. The environmentally friendly lighting project will provide significant benefits to the environment as well as cost savings to the agency.

The Port Authority will begin replacing the existing 3,336 fluorescent lamps inside the north and south tubes of the Holland Tunnel with high-efficiency LED technology. The project, identified by the agency’s Board of Commissioners as part of a package of sustainability enhancements, will light the tunnel in a more environmentally friendly and energy-efficient manner. This will significantly reduce time and costs associated with maintenance and provide more than $250,000 in annual energy savings to the agency. Once completed in the Fall of 2013, the lamps will meet the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) lighting standards and increase lighting levels in the tunnel.

“The Port Authority is committed to improving the environment for the hundreds of millions of people who use, live, and work near our facilities,” said Port Authority Chairman David Samson. “From greening the Holland Tunnel, to protecting more than 340 acres of wetlands along the Hudson River, to constructing One World Trade Center as one of the most sustainable office buildings in the world, the agency will continue to conduct its business in the most environmentally conscious way possible.”

“The Port Authority is a leader in the field of environmental sustainability and energy efficiency,” said Port Authority Vice-Chairman Scott Rechler. “The Holland Tunnel is believed to be the first vehicular tunnel to utilize LEDs lamps for illumination that meet the IES standards for safe tunnel lighting. The new lighting will accomplish safer, cleaner, and more efficient travel through the tunnel.”

Other green initiatives at the Holland Tunnel that officials are exploring include installing a green roof atop the tunnel’s administration building. This would be the first green roof installed on Port Authority property and would serve as a pilot program aimed at providing both operational and environmental benefits, such as improved roof longevity; thermal insulation; greenhouse gas and air pollution reductions; and storm water-runoff reductions.

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Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in New York. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the state of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency relies on revenues generated by facility users, tolls, fees and rents as well as loans, bond financing, and federal grants to fund its operations. For more information, please visit

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