Metro installing new, brighter lights at underground stations

The new lights have already been installed at five stations, including Judiciary Square. Photo: WMATA

(WJLA) - Dozens of historically dim Metro stations are slated to get a lighting upgrade.

WMATA officials say that new lighting structures will be installed in 41 underground stations by 2015 in an effort to provide better visibility, safety and security throughout the system.

Metro decided to complete the installation of the new lights at each of its underground stations after the successful implementation of the lighting at its Bethesda, Gallery Place, Judiciary Square, Metro Center and Smithsonian stations. The new lights are currently being installed at L'Enfant Plaza as well.

The remaining stations will have the new lights installed over the next year and a half.

In addition to the lighting improvements, Metro says its replacing the carpet in each of the cars in its fleet with slip-resistant flooring. Officials expect the complete replacement project to take about two years.

The schedule of light installation is denoted on the map below: