Metro has installed new trackbed lighting systems at 15 underground stations in the last six months, making them an average of six-times brighter.
According to a press release, this is part of a multi-year $50 million capital investment in LED lighting. All of metro’s 48 underground stations will be upgraded to LED systems over the next 30 months.
“I think [the lights are] great. I have sisters you know, who ride the metro, and it would be good to have better lit stations at night. It’s good for everyone to have, it’s a win, win,” said Stefano Escoto, a frequent metro rider.
The installation of the light fixtures along the tracks can only take place when the trains are not running. The project is one of several that has been part of the expanded overnight and weekend maintenance time that was approved by the WMATA board last year.