Metro-North and Chicago Transit Authority announce energy upgrades

Improvements to the heating and cooling equipment in Grand Central Terminal are expected to cut energy use in this historic rail station by 30%. The $22 million project, a partnership between MTA Metro-North Railroad and the New York Power Authority, will save an estimated $3 million a year. “This is the latest and largest venture in a long partnership between our two agencies,” said Metro-North president Howard Permut in a statement. “It is a win-win that pays for itself and it will take Grand Central a big step closer to maximizing its energy efficiency potential and possibly even attaining LEED Certification.” NYPA will pay for the new energy-efficient equipment upfront, and Metro-North will repay the costs over about 11 years with its savings from reduced energy use. Installation began this month and will be completed by the end of 2013.

Also in the news, the Chicago Transit Authority (IL) announced that its West Loop headquarters achieved a platinum status rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. More than three quarters of CTA employees who work at the building use public transportation, a key criterion in LEED certification. “Not only does this achievement boost the CTA into LEED Platinum status, it also demonstrates a high level of support for the agency’s central mission of promoting environmentally friendly practices, especially the use of public transportation,” said CTA president Forrest Claypool in a statement. “I am proud that our own workforce has helped us gain this recognition from the USGBC.”

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