By Rebecca Blatt
Metro is spending $38,000 on a pilot program to address complaints that stations are too dark. Metro is testing a new bank of lights on the mezzanine level of the Judiciary Square station. The lights will be near the F Street entrance. Metro says that's one of the darker mezzanines in the rail system.
The new light fixtures are supposed to be energy efficient and easy to maintain. Metro is considering installing them at the Dupont Circle, Metro Center and Foggy Bottom stations.
The transit agency says architects originally designed stations with soft, indirect lighting to show off vaulted arches. But riders have since complained that it's too dark to read or sometimes to even see where they're going.