MTA delivers protocols for precautionary measures against coronavirus

The agency is significantly increasing the frequency and intensity of sanitizing procedures at each of its stations

March 04, 2020
MTA implements enhanced sanitizing measures
Image: Patrick Cashin / MTA New York City Transit via Flickr

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York today detailed agency-wide disinfecting protocols as it continues to implement precautions in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The agency says that New York City Transit, MTA Bus, Access-A-Ride, Long Island Rail Road, and Metro-North are significantly increasing the frequency and intensity of sanitizing procedures at each of its stations and on its full fleet of rolling stock.

Trains, cars and buses will experience daily cleanings with the MTA’s full fleet undergoing sanitization every 72 hours. Frequently used surfaces in stations, such as turnstiles, MetroCard and ticket vending machines, and handrails, will be disinfected daily. MTA will use EPA-approved and CDC-endorsed disinfectants. 

"We want New Yorkers to know that we're doing everything possible to keep our customers safe," MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick J. Foye said in a statement. "Your safety is our highest priority and as such, we're going above and beyond recommendations from health experts to disinfect the system."

The MTA released a full fact sheet detailing the various precautionary measures the agency is implementing to protect transit users against coronavirus.

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SOURCE: Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Image: Patrick Cashin / MTA New York City Transit via Flickr

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