From The Boston Business Journal
If you see a street sign around Downtown Crossing that seems brighter than usual, you’re not imagining anything.
The city of Boston has recently been installing illuminated street signs around Downtown Crossing as part of a pilot program.
The signs, manufactured by a subsidiary of FLN-MAR of Holyoke, cost $1,000 apiece, according to Tracey Ganiatsos , spokeswoman for the Boston Transportation Department. The city has purchased a total of 24 signs to be mounted on 12 poles in the neighborhood. The signs operate using 110-volt light-emitting diodes and have a very low energy consumption rate, according to the city.
The signs were paid for out of the Streetscape Innovation Fund, which helps with funding to test new technologies and design, Ganiatsos said. The fund, which amounts to $1 million earmarked for fiscal 2013, is managed by the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics.
“Downtown Crossing was chosen in an effort to help visitors navigate the area,” said Ganiatsos. “City of Boston officials worked closely with [the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District] to identify specific locations in Downtown Crossing.”
The installation of the signs comes a year after the city tested out the technology using three different vendors.
Ganiatsos said there are currently no plans for the city to purchase additional illuminated signs after this round.
Boston is taking a cue from other cities, including New York City, which installed the signs in recent years to make it easier for tourists and others to see what street they were on.
By David Harris