Press Release Article


Date: Mar 12, 2014
Press Release Number: 55-2014

Port Authority’s $2.1 Million Lighting Upgrade Will Provide More Than $283,000 In Energy Savings Annually

The Port Authority today announced the installation of 2,300 energy efficient, light-emitting diode (LED) lights in the Lincoln Tunnel. The lighting upgrade will provide more than $283,000 in annual energy savings while enhancing the safety of the 42 million drivers who travel through the tunnel each year.

“Replacing our bridge and tunnel lighting systems with new LED lights makes business sense and benefits the environment by reducing our energy consumption,” said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye.  “Our investment with the Lincoln Tunnel lighting upgrade is just one example of the myriad of efforts this agency undertakes to attain our sustainability goals.”

“Our agency has a steadfast commitment to make our operations more sustainable and environmentally sound,” said Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Deborah Gramiccioni.  “The Port Authority pursues a broad range of initiatives, such as lighting enhancements at our facilities that will help reduce our energy consumption while ensuring the safety and efficiency of use for our travelers.”

The $2.1 million lighting upgrade – which began early this year – consists of 45-watt Lincoln Tunnel LED lights that will reduce electricity use by an estimated 1.2 million kilowatt-hours annually. The project’s cost will be recouped from the accrued energy savings. Additionally, the agency anticipates approximately $2 million in guaranteed savings annually over 15 years from energy conservation measures being implemented at the Port Authority Bus Terminal/Lincoln Tunnel and at the PATH Journal Square Transportation Center and Harrison Car Maintenance Facility.

Last year, the Port Authority began installing LED lights in the Holland Tunnel, making it one of the first to adopt LED lighting technology in a vehicular tunnel in the U.S. When the installation of more than 3,000 LED lights at the Holland Tunnel is complete, it will result in an annual savings of approximately $250,000.

The George Washington Bridge, which in 2009 became the first bridge of its kind in the metropolitan region to have a full strand of LED lighting, produces an estimated annual energy and maintenance savings of $49,000.  At the same time, it reduces approximately 220, 000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions through its lighting upgrade.

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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 the Western Hemisphere. 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 raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit

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