MTA launches air filtration, purification systems on trains as part of pilot program
The MTA has launched a pilot program to test new state-of-the-art air filtration and purification systems on its trains.
The MTA says the system works with trains' existing ventilation systems and uses an electrical field to generate a wave of ionized particles that destroy airborne viruses - including coronavirus.
LIRR officials say the system will remove about 99.99998% of airborne viruses and will clean the air about every two minutes.
The MTA says it's the first transit agency in North America to test the technology.
If the system ends up getting a full green light from the MTA, it would cost about $10 million-$12 million and could be installed over the coming year.
The LIRR says despite seeing a decrease in ridership and financial issues, getting this system in place would be a priority in order to encourage more people to feel comfortable riding the rails.