MTA Sets Up UV Light that Kills Coronavirus in New York Subways

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Calling it "another aggressive step" in keeping NY metro area's transit system clean and safe, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Columbia University, and Denver-based startup PURO joined forces to develop a miniaturized ultraviolet-C (UVC) lamp that is portable and proven to kill germs.

"That's big news", said MTA CEO and chairman Pat Foye. "For almost three months, the MTA has worked tirelessly to disinfect the entire fleet of our subways and buses, but we have always been assured that we will explore any and all new methods available".

The effort is part of a partnership between the MTA and Columbia University, which theorizes that UV light can be used to kill diseases on the transit system.

Subway ridership now is about 600,000 trips per day, while buses have become more popular, approaching 700,000 trips per day, according to Sarah Feinberg, the interim president of New York City Transit. The launch of this UVC pilot represents a promising next our ongoing efforts to identify technologies that can keep our customers and employees as safe as possible.

Dr. David Brenner, Director, Center for Radiological Research, Columbia University, worked with the two parties on the efficacy tests, determining that the lights can be used to quickly and effectively disinfect trains and buses.

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Demonstration of UV disinfecting technology at a maintenance facility in New York City

UVC, which is one of three types of light on the UV spectrum, has been shown to eliminate Covid-19 and is more powerful against viruses and bacteria, said PURO Lighting. This would still be cheaper than the nightly shutdown of the New York subway to allow cleaning and disinfecting of the trains like how New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this month.

"If successful, the results could help disinfect our buses and train cars, crew rooms, and other facilities in a more timely and cost-efficient", Dowd added.

"This crisis creates opportunities to bring in new technologies to solve once-in-a-generation challenge".

MTA urges beach visitors to stay away from trains and buses on this Memorial Day weekend. "It's exciting for us to be able to do this pilot at the same time that Dr. Brenner's clinical research has shown that the UVs do kill-rather efficiently-the SARS-CoV-2 virus", he said. The MTA has also launched an industry-leading "Temperature Brigade" on March 24, taking employee temperatures at work locations, 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.



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