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Copper is effective at killing bacteria on high-touch transit surfaces, according to a TransLink study.
Based on sample-testing performed on transit and in a lab, the TransLink trial found that select copper products on transit are durable and kill up to 99.9% of all bacteria within one hour of the bacteria’s contact with the surface, agency officials said in a press release.
In November 2020, TransLink began testing a new bacteria- and virus-killing copper coating product on high-touch surfacers on rail cars and buses.
During an initial four-week pilot phase:
TransLink was the first North American transit agency to test copper on transit surfaces, according to the agency.