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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) last week announced it has renewed its commitment to environmentally friendly initiatives in New York City.
To further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the agency will implement Central Business District Tolling, a congestion pricing policy aimed at reducing vehicle traffic in Manhattan. The policy is pending federal approval.
MTA officials also plan to implement a regenerative braking pilot in the MTA New York City Subway in the fourth quarter. The pilot involves testing a wayside energy management system that can store heat energy from braking and use it during peak consumption hours when the electricity from the grid is most expensive and demand is at its highest, MTA officials said in a press release.
In addition, MTA has committed to making facilities, infrastructure and rolling stock more energy efficient by replacing lighting, heating and cooling systems.
Every year, the MTA prevents 19 million metric tons of greenhouse gases while emitting 2 million metric tons through its operations. This results in a net 17 million metric ton annual avoidance, MTA officials said.