The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will use ultraviolet light to remove the coronavirus from its subway and bus system, officials announced on Tuesday. The ultraviolet technology has been found to "blind" and kill the coronavirus on train surfaces. "There is still much work to be done, but this is a significant and promising new development", Foye said at the presser.
To reopen the economy, New York City needs to get its workers moving again. This week, Dr. Brenner showed that UVC Light Covid-19 was eliminated in its testing, and the MTA said it was working to conduct additional tests for peer-review publication.
"The lamps use UVC, which is safe for humans but kills the virus responsible for COVID-19", the MTA wrote. The MTA says it will spend $1 million on the project, according to NY1.
An NY1 report said these devices were bought from Colorado-based company Puro Lighting for more than $6,500 each.
The lamps will be used during the overnight shut down on subway trains and periods where transit is out of service.
"This is a first pilot of its kind when it comes to transportation agencies around the world and we are proud to be part of it", said Patrick Foye, President and CEO of MTA.
Tech startup PURO Lighting is providing the lamps, which are from a miniaturized "mobile series" so they can be easily used within the subway cars.
The MTA is gonna need more of those disinfecting UV lamps ...
There are three types of UV rays from the sun: UVA, UVB, and UVC. It penetrates deep into the skin, causing up to 80% of skin aging like wrinkles and age spots. The form that is being tested by the MTA is UVC. In China, blue light is lit every night to disinfect whole buses while UVC-emitting robots called squats are cleaning hospital floors.
While germicidal UV lights, like the ones being used in the pilot program, have been used to sterilize hospital rooms for decades, they can only be used in unoccupied settings due to the harmful effects the lights can have on the human skin and eyes.
The MTA has been working with Dr. David J. Brenner, the Director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University, since March to test the efficacy of UV technology within the subway.
Transit officials teamed up with scientists at Columbia University who have been researching for some time how UV light stops the disease.
Brenner found out that a narrow band of UV light called far-UVC light can not penetrate skin living cells.
Earlier, Brenner's team has already tested two types of coronaviruses and is now testing SARS-CoV-2.