Grand Central Terminal gets backup generators

Grand Central Terminal gets backup generators

Grand Central Terminal in New York City has gotten an infrastructure boost to help in the event of storms that cause blackouts.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that a nearly $17 million project to install two emergency diesel generators at the terminal has been completed.

"Anyone who has ever experienced a power failure will recognize the invaluable service these emergency diesel generators would provide Grand Central commuters during a blackout," Cuomo said in a statement. "Emergency preparedness has been a top focus of my administration for protecting New Yorkers in case of extreme events, including those impacting the power grid. The backup generators will provide an additional element of safety and security for this iconic transportation hub -- one of the busiest train stations in the country."

Cuomo said the project was one of several measures he authorized to help New York deal with extreme weather such as Superstorm Sandy. About three-fourths of the project's funding came from a federal grant though the state's Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

The New York Power Authority spearheaded the design engineering and installation of the two 2,000-kilowatt diesel generators, on behalf of the MTA, Cuomo's office said.

The generators, about the size of a small box truck, will also help reduce demand on the power grid during the hottest summer days.

The project included the installation of fuel tanks, switchgear, relays, controls, huge fans and ducts that travel 18 stories high to a vent on the roof of a nearby building, the governor's office said.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press and WNYW

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