Metro awards contract for better lighting

Metro says that more than 13,000 lighting fixtures in 25 transit system parking garages will be replaced in the next year in a move to brighten the garages while also reducing energy costs.

In announcing a 10-year contract with Philips Electronics, Metro said in a statement that “outdated and inefficient” lighting in the garages will be removed in favor of higher-efficiency LED lighting, which will create “a brighter environment” and use less power. The transit agency estimates that the lighting overall will cut electricity costs by 68 percent in the garages.

Philips, which also will maintain the new fixtures, was awarded what Metro calls a “performance-based” contract, meaning it “will be funded entirely through the resulting $2 million in energy and maintenance savings.”

Paul Duggan covers the Metro system and transportation issues for The Washington Post.

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