MTA set to launch ultraviolet light disinfection program

The MTA is taking a groundbreaking approach to disinfecting trains and subways.
Officials say they are hoping to deploy 150 mobile "Ultra Violet C," or UVC, units early next week.
The new $1 million pilot program uses a high-tech method to disinfect public spaces.
The intense light can eliminate the COVID-19 virus on surfaces more quickly and efficiently, the agency says, than costly cleaning by crews.
"This is a first-of-its-kind program with demonstrated efficiency and effectiveness in killing the virus that causes COVID-19," says MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick Foye.
 
The MTA is going to first try the UVC lights on subway cars, and then public areas and buses. It will then try it on the LIRR and Metro-North trains.
"It just continues to demonstrate that we're very open-minded and looking at all new avenues to help restore confidence of our system to the public," says LIRR President Phil Eng.
The MTA estimated the bill for COVID-19-related expenses this year will be around $3.9 billion, and is asking for federal help.
The MTA did not give an exact date on when it will begin testing the UVC light on the LIRR, but said it will happen during Phase 2 of its pilot program.