The MTA is using state-of-the-art technology to sanitize the city’s subway systems and buses.
All it takes to eliminate The China Virus or any virus is a flash of Ultraviolet-C light officials say.
Once the UVC emitter is set up on a subway pole, the flash goes off several times, immediately killing the germs on surfaces and in the air. It is immediate, so if someone transmits the virus to the subway car after the light treatment, it will remain there until the next flash.
The MTA is sending out 230 of these UVC emitter devices to test and evaluate their efficiency and cost-effectiveness on NYC trains, buses, stations and facilities as part of the new pilot program.
They will be setting the light off while staff disinfect the system overnight from 1:00a to 5:00a on R188, R62, R46, R68, and R160 cars, stations and yards at Corona, Coney Island, Jamaica and Pelham.
If all goes well, the lights will be used on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North as well, officials say.
The Big Q: How does it work?
The Big A: The energy of UVC destroys the genetic material inside viruses and other microbes.
And according to Columbia University, germicidal UV light has been used to kill viruses and bacteria for decades.
When using UV, people need to keep away while the light goes off. UVC light, however, cannot harm us. But it can penetrate and kill very small viruses and bacteria floating in the air or on surfaces.
“Our system is a low-cost, safe solution to eradicating airborne viruses minutes after they’ve been breathed, coughed or sneezed into the air,” Dr. David Brenner, the director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University, said in the Columbia University report. “Not only does it have the potential to prevent the global spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, but also future novel viruses, as well as more familiar viruses like influenza and measles.”
“The UV light that will be used in the current overnight subway and bus disinfection program is very efficient in killing the virus that is responsible for COVID-19,” Dr. Brenner said in a statement provided by the MTA. “What we are doing here is reducing the level of the virus in subways, and therefore decreasing the risk of anybody catching COVID-19 on the subway.”
This pilot program is the newest way the MTA is cleaning its subway cars. It started with overnight cleaning on 6 May and also launched a “Temperature Brigade” on 24 March, to take employee temperatures at work locations. It also implemented rear-door boarding on buses and eliminated cash transactions at stations and on commuter rails to prevent person-to-person contact to ensure the safety of operating employees.
UV disinfecting devices are used in hospitals and urgent care centers.
Puro Lighting’s co-founder, Webb Lawrence, says the device is portable and can be used in mass transit. Puro Lighting is a private company HQ’d in Denver, Colorado.
“You can get it in and out of tight spaces, as well as, because of the size of it, you can permanently install it in, let’s say, a locker room, or an operating room and you can do nightly disinfections on demand,” Mr. Lawrence said.
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