RTA now to disinfect trains daily in response to coronavirus


Courtney Astolfi - Advance Ohio Media, Cleveland (TNS)



CLEVELAND, Ohio — Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority trains will be disinfected every day to combat concerns about the coronavirus, RTA announced Monday.

Last week, RTA announced trains would be cleaned every three days, and buses would be cleaned every day. An RTA spokeswoman had said trains would be cleaned less frequently than buses because they carry fewer passengers.

RTA in a Monday news release did not say why the agency is changing cleaning schedules. But the release did say that the original three-day cleaning schedule was similar to one being implemented by New York City mass transit.

“We want our riders to know that we will clean every bus, and now every train, every day and that it’s safe to ride RTA,” said RTA CEO India Birdsong in the release. “We’ve had very positive feedback from riders as we’ve prioritized our mission to provide safe, reliable, clean and courteous public transportation. With the public’s concern of the spread of this virus, we’re pleased to announce that we’re taking this additional step with both rail and bus.”

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Courtney Astolfi

Advance Ohio Media, Cleveland (TNS)

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