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MARTA deploys new rail-car disinfectant technology

Delta Air Lines provided MARTA with 50 electrostatic sprayers to disinfect rail car more efficiently.
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The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) last week announced it will begin using electrostatic sprayers to more easily and efficiently disinfect trains and rail stations as the agency prepares for a increase in ridership during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Delta Air Lines provided MARTA with 50 electrostatic sprayers that disperse disinfectant in a fine mist that clings to and sanitizes surfaces without leaving a residue. 

“Delta’s willingness to share best practices allowed us to bypass a lengthy procurement process and gain access to this innovative cleaning technology immediately,” said MARTA General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Parker in a press release. 

The 30 handheld and 20 backpack sprayers are being used by trained MARTA maintenance crews to disinfect vehicles and facilities in a fraction of the time needed for a typical wipe down cleaning, MARTA officials said.

The backpack sprayers are especially useful in cleaning MARTA’s rail cars every evening since the wearable two-and-a-half gallon tanks eliminate the need for constant disinfectant refills. The equipment can sanitize a 450 foot, 6-car train in under 20 minutes.

Currently rail cars are lightly cleaned while in-service. Now, the goal is to incorporate mid-day sanitizing with the electrostatic sprayers.

Meanwhile, MARTA today began distributing 2 million free disposable masks to riders at rail stations and bus bays.