City to use UV lights on subways, buses in an effort to kill COVID-19

The city is bringing in a new device to disinfect coronavirus from subways and buses.

News 12 Staff

May 20, 2020, 10:10 AM

Updated 1,464 days ago

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The city is bringing in a new device to disinfect coronavirus from subways and buses.
They are introducing ultraviolet lights that they say will kill any virus on board.
On Tuesday, the MTA conducted a disinfection demo, giving an inside look at how it’s going to work.
The city will start testing about 230 UV lights they bought from a startup company in Denver. These devices will be used in train yards and buses.
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If it’s successful, the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North systems are next on the list. The MTA says a doctor at Columbia University has proven that using ultraviolet rays on the COVID-19 virus has destroyed it.
UV lights have been used in hospitals, but this is the first time a program like this has been conducted on public transit.
Phase one will begin next week on subways and buses for about 3.5 weeks. If it goes as planned, the city will use the technique systemwide.


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