The Lower Trenton Toll-Supported Bridge is the Commission’s oldest and most-storied river crossing. It also is the agency’s most iconic structure, owing to the illuminated “Trenton Makes The World Takes” sign on two of the bridge’s steel trusses. The sign – there have been four of them over the past 100 years or so – has been viewed by millions of area residents and travelers, many of them passengers on Pennsylvania Railroad and Amtrak trains crossing the stone-arch railroad bridge a short distance downstream.
In 2018, the Commission completed the installation of a new programmable LED lighting system, adding to the sign’s legacy as a must-see regional attraction. This webpage has been created to provide information about the LED lighting and to accommodate eligible organizations seeking to request temporary color schemes on a specific date.
All special lighting requests must be made by application to the Commission and MUST BE RECEIVED at least 30 days in advance of a date that is being requested. Approval of respective eligible requests is at the sole discretion of the Commission. Requests made via, or including, petitions and/or social media campaigns will not be considered. There are no automatic request renewals; applicants for lighting requests must be filed annually to be considered. The Commission also does not accept lighting requests more than 12 months in advance of a requested lighting date.)
The Commission’s full lighting policy, an application form, annual lighting schedule, and additional information is below. (Note: The Commission may change its lighting policy at any time without notice.)