The agency released new technology on Tuesday to do just that.
MTA hopes it will stop coronavirus in his footsteps. The agency is installing 150 ultraviolet light devices on some trains and buses that would essentially kill the virus, reported Natalie Duddridge of CBS2.
Transit officials have teamed up with scientists at Columbia University who have been studying how UV light stops the disease for some time.
There are different forms of UV light. The form that is tested by the MTA is UVC. Its rays are very strong, so it cannot be done while people are on the subways or buses. The tests are therefore carried out when the metros and buses are out of service.
The lights look like metal boxes. The simplest way to explain it is that when the UV light flashes, the bacteria are killed.
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UV light is obviously more effective than scouring trains for hours on bleach, but it is also expensive. The 150 aircraft cost approximately $ 1 million.
If and when researchers determine whether the UV light approach is effective, it will be extended to Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North.