The Governor also announced that the MTA will pilot the use of proven UV light technology to kill COVID-19 in subway cars and crew facilities. The MTA currently cleans and disinfects trains every day.
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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will increase its disinfecting efforts of touch points to twice a day on New York City Transit, MTA Bus Company, Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North as it intensifies its efforts to protect against the novel coronavirus.
MTA will continue its 72-hour or less full fleet cleaning schedule and daily disinfection of the Access-A-Ride fleet.
Frequently used surfaces that will see an increase in cleaning in stations, include turnstiles, MetroCard and ticket vending machines and handrails. The MTA continues to use EPA-approved and CDC-endorsed disinfectants.
There is no subway service from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. while we clean and disinfect trains and stations. The Staten Island Railway will continue running during this time. The MTA will be operating enhanced overnight bus service while subway service is paused. Overnight local and express buses are free, essential workers can use our Essential Connector program. See options for overnight travel.
The MTA will blast its fleet with ultraviolet light in hopes of killing off the virus that causes novel coronavirus, officials announced today. They will use a UV light recently proven to kill SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, in hopes of better disinfecting its fleet, announced Chairman and CEO Pat Foye.
There are 472 subway stations, 21 stations along Staten Island Railway, the 124 stations and terminals along Long Island Rail Road and 124 stations throughout Metro-North's territory.
The MTA will spend $1 million on 230 lamps to blast UVC light in New York City subway, buses and fixed locations during the initial phase of the pilot program, expect to take about 3 weeks, said Chief Innovation Officer Mark Dowd.
Since May 6, when the system began to close from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. each night, outside cleaners have set up around-the-clock shops in at least 14 end-of-line stations, quickly mopping and wiping down the interiors of trains before they’re sent back out for service.
Daily car disinfection of New York City Transit’s 6,714 subway cars, Staten Island Railway’s 64 cars, and Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North's over 1,100 cars each, continues so that no car in a fleet would go beyond a 72-hour period without a full cleaning. This cleaning cycle also includes the MTA’s 5,700 buses and fleet of 1,341 dedicated Access-A-Ride vans, which are fully disinfected daily.
New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer on Monday urged the MTA to ensure that all contractors and subway cleaners are being paid a fare wage with benefits.