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article imageToronto subway stations converting to new LED technology Special

By Andrew Moran     Jan 19, 2011 in Technology
Toronto - With the Toronto Transit Commission being asked by the city of Toronto to find sources of revenue without cutting service, management has moved in the direction of energy efficient and cost saving LED technology.
Last week, Toronto transit riders and city hall officials were concerned that the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) was going to increase fares by ten cents while decreasing service routes. Fortunately for TTC patrons and city councillors, the hike did not happen.
It is inevitable that fares will increase. In the meantime, however, how does the TTC contain costs?
As the TTC management faces increasing pressure from the city, the province and the federal government to enhance the TTC experience to make it “world-class better,” transit officials have found ways to make the TTC on par with its global counterparts in Europe and Asia.
Before (L)): Standard lighting After: LED
Before (L)): Standard lighting After: LED
Last month, the “cash-strapped” TTC announced that it was installing Light-emitting diode technology in order to deliver “energy conservation, better passenger experience, enhance safety and improve maintenance cycles.”
At the present time, LED lighting has been installed at Bay and Midland Subway Stations and St. Andrew Station is in the middle of LED efforts. Dupont Station will be the next station to be revamped with this type of technology and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
“While lighting is one small decision, it can have dramatic implications for overall operating and maintenance costs,” said director of business development for GO Lighting Technologies, which has been hired by the transit system. “It can revitalize the service corridor, making it safer for passengers while reducing energy consumption dramatically. Our LED lighting is the industry leader in low energy consumption with excellent quality lighting.”
Before (L): Standard lighting After: LED
Before (L): Standard lighting After: LED
Minos added that since LED lighting can have an extensive lifespan, this will decrease the TTC’s maintenance costs: “We can help TTC reduce maintenance costs by extending the replacement cycle from four to seven years.”
“The feedback has been phenomenal,” said Parmjit Parmar of Montana Ridge. “Not only do public spaces have great light coverage increasing positive customer experience and safety as well. Another major bonus is the long term cost savings in maintenance and expenditures.”
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