NYC Subway Buys Kone ‘Sleep Mode’ Escalators

by | Oct 10, 2012

EE Cruz and Tully Construction will purchase nine Kone heavy-duty, energy efficient transit escalators as part of the New York City Transit Authority’s Second Avenue Subway project.

Each escalator will feature a sleep mode which reduces the escalator’s speed when no passengers are traveling, allowing the NYCTA to minimize total energy consumption during inactive periods.

The new subway station at 96th Street and Second Avenue is expected to accommodate 200,000 passengers a day, and is being installed as part of a plan to reduce overcrowding and delays on the Lexington Avenue line and provide better access for residents of the far East Side of Manhattan. Kone says the escalators are specifically designed to meet the heavy use and demanding conditions of public transportation.

Kone will install the escalators during the second phase of the station’s construction. The project is expected to be complete by January 2017.

The company’s last NYCTA project was awarded in 2011. For this job, Kone provided nine heavy-duty transit escalators and two inclined elevators for the new subway station at 34th Street and Eleventh Avenue, part of the 7 Subway Extension.  Passenger train service to the new station is scheduled for June 2014.

Last year Kone installed KMI’s Environmental Health and Safety Software Suite, giving company sites in over 50 countries access to KMI’s Incident Management, Audit & Inspection, Compliance Management, Corrective Action and Reporting & Dashboards software modules, Environmental Leader reports.

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