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Brighter LEDs For All Subway Stations

New lighting will enhance station security, increase visibility and save the MTA money.
Lafayette Avenue station.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) plans to convert all 150,000 fluorescent light fixtures across the subway system to LED lighting by the middle of 2026.

This project will brighten every subway platform and mezzanine, increasing safety system-wide and enhancing the customer experience, the MTA said in a release. The new LED light fixtures will also enhance illumination for 15,000 security cameras in the subway system, further increasing safety in the transit system.

“By upgrading the lighting at each of our 472 subway stations, we are not only making our stations brighter and safer for customers but also reducing our costs and emissions," said New York City Transit President Richard Davey. "It's simple: a brighter station is a safer station."

This project began in late January 2024 at Bergen Street, followed by Carroll Street, and most recently at Lafayette Ave. The project will also generate an estimated $5.9 million in annual recurring energy and material cost savings.