NY governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week that a $2.1 million energy efficiency improvement project at the Metro-North Railroad North White Plains Train Yard is now complete. According to the MTA, the new upgrades to their facility will eliminate approximately 1,280 tons of greenhouse gases and save the state more than $328,000 in energy costs per year.
The North White Plains Train Yard project, which began last fall, was part of the Governor’s BuildSmart NY program. The upgrades focused on four major buildings in the train yard, which had been assessed by the New York Power Authority in an energy audit at the beginning of the project. To boost energy efficiency and reduce emissions, the buildings were upgraded with new air-handling systems, a new boiler, electric smart meters and a building energy monitoring and management system that makes it possible for the MTA to track energy usage and manage spikes, while keeping operations and maintenance costs down.
“These upgrades will make this facility greener, more energy efficient, and will reduce its energy bill, saving the MTA and ultimately riders and taxpayers money,” said Governor Cuomo. “It is vital that we all take steps to help sustain the planet and through initiatives like BuildSmart NY, this administration will continue to support commonsense projects that save taxpayer dollars and make sense for the environment.”