New Station Mezzanine Lights Show the Way
Pilot upgrades using energy-efficient lighting at three stations have been a success, so Metro is planning to ramp up the effort to 41 more stations by 2015.
Metro recently completed retrofitting the mezzanine-level lights at Judiciary Square, Gallery Place, Bethesda, Smithsonian and Metro Center. Through careful fixture selection, the new fixtures provide a higher quality of light with an improved Color Rendering Index (CRI) thereby improving both lighting levels and overall visibility. Significantly, the new lighting design offers better light levels without compromising the integrity of the original lighting design and station aesthetic. The retrofits also provide significant lifecycle cost savings for Metro through reduced energy consumption and maintenance requirements.
Following these successes, Metro General Manager/CEO Richard Sarles today that it plans to upgrade mezzanine lighting at the 41 remaining underground Metrorail stations by 2015. In addition to the five already completed stations, one station, L’Enfant Plaza is currently under construction.
The mezzanine lighting program builds on previous successful lighting upgrade projects including Light Emitting Diode (LED) retrofits at platform edges and twist-in LED upgrades to 33 stations access corridors and fare areas during which over 2,180 were replaced and recycled throughout the system. Metro is committed to continually improving the customer experience and lighting efficiency upgrades will continue to be rolled out as part of this process.
The lighting improvements are the result of an effective partnership between Metro, the Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC), and other community stakeholders, including the National Capital Citizens with Low Vision. The year-long efforts of this partnership highlighted specific lighting needs in stations and developed recommendations for improvements, many of which have been implemented.
Where will the new lights be installed? The rail map below shows underground stations that have been completed or are slated for upgrades:
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