Caltrans News Release
District 4
Harry Yahata, District Director

June 8, 2001
Contact:
Colin Jones (510) 286-5776
Jeff Weiss (510) 286-5543

CALTRANS MODIFIES BAY BRIDGE LIGHTS TO SAVE ENERGY

As part of the state’s ongoing efforts to conserve energy, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has modified the decorative lighting on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Director Jeff Morales announced today.

Responding to Director Morales' direction, Caltrans has reduced the hours that decorative lights will illuminate the Bay Bridge each night. The lights will remain on from 9 pm until 3 am instead of dusk to dawn beginning Saturday evening, June 9.

Caltrans electrical crews have installed electronic timers on the Bay Bridge in order to limit the use of the decorative lights to off-peak periods. This will reduce consumption by half and eliminate peak period electrical usage.

"Under the new plan, we will conserve energy while demonstrating solidarity with all Californians who have aggressively joined the fight to reduce consumption. At the same time, the state will continue to make adjustments to save electricity wherever we can," Director Morales said.

The Bay Bridge lighting change is the latest in a host of steps employed statewide to reduce energy use. These include the installation of LED signal lights (resulting in up to 80% reduction in power consumption) and other conservation measures to reduce power usage in Caltrans' offices by more than 10%.

Caltrans is a department within the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency that operates and maintains California's transportation system. For more information about the department, please visit its Web site at www.dot.ca.gov. Information about the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency is available on the Internet at www.bth.ca.gov.

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