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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) this week published a white paper on cleaning and disinfecting transit vehicles and facilities during a contagious virus pandemic.
Designed to address the virus that causes COVID-19, the paper is designed to help transit agencies develop programs for maintaining, cleaning and disinfecting their vehicles and facilities, APTA officials said in the document.
It was developed as U.S. transit agencies gear up to resume rail and bus services that were paused during communities' stay-at-home restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Included in the paper is information on cleaning products and processes. Some agencies are experimenting with ultraviolet light to disinfect surfaces. Transit-rail agencies using UV lights include the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, North County Bus and Train District in California and Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority.
Also addressed in the paper is how to manage areas where infected people have been present.