October 20, 2004

York Region completes LED signal program ahead of schedule

NEWMARKET York Region has completed its Light Emitting Diode (LED) traffic signal retrofit and replacement program under budget and two years ahead of schedule.  The program saw the conversion of older style incandescent traffic lights to low maintenance, energy saving LEDs.
"York Region was one of the first municipalities in the Greater Toronto Area to install this superior LED technology on traffic signals," said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch.  "This program will result in a direct savings to our residents, two years earlier than predicted."
The LED program started on a trial basis in 2002, with LEDs installed on new traffic lights.  Based on the success of that trial, Region-wide retrofitting of the Region's 570 traffic intersections began in 2003. 
Completion of the project was scheduled for 2006 at a cost of more than $4.6 million to convert 19,000 units.  However, Regional Roads staff were able to find efficiencies and complete the task in one year at a substantially reduced cost of just over $2.7 million.
"Finishing ahead of schedule and under budget is excellent news for the Region and our taxpayers," said Richmond Hill Mayor Bill Bell, Chair of the Region's Transportation and Works Committee.  "Not only will this technology better serve our drivers, but the cost savings will ease infrastructure budget pressures."  
LEDs are superior to incandescent bulbs for visibility, maintenance and power costs.  Units do not need to be replaced as often as incandescent bulbs, and use 90 per cent less power.  With the conversion complete, it is anticipated that the program will pay for itself in three years.
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, the services we offer and links to our nine area municipalities, please visit our Web site at: www.york.ca
Contact:   Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
- (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1232
- Email: michael.kemp@york.ca

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