Looking to zap as many COVID-19 germs as possible as ridership grows, the MTA is expanding its ultraviolet disinfecting program to full train sets within the subway system.
Originally implemented for all 7 trains out of the Corona Maintenance Yard in Queens, the UV cleaning program uses germicidal and antibacterial rays of UV light, flashed in an instant, within each subway car. The expansion will now utilize this technology for R188, R62, R46, R68 and R160 trains operated out of the Corona, Coney Island, Jamaica and Pelham Maintenance Facilities.
It’s part of the MTA’s ongoing effort to disinfect every subway car in the system, launched early on during the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City. The effort includes the unprecedented overnight shutdown of the entire subway system for cleaning.
UV light has proven to be an effective weapon in eradicating viruses such as SARS-Cov-2, which causes COVID-19.