COVID-19 protection means continuing more frequent, more intense transit cleaning and disinfecting

The fight against coronavirus is happening in laboratories, public health strategy rooms and in news media that convey information to help keep people safe.

The fight is also happening in public spaces like LRT stations, transit centres, and on ETS trains and buses. This includes everything from ticket and vending machines to straphangers, handles and the seats and windows.

LRT Stations, and Transit Centres

“We’re continuing our enhanced daily cleaning and disinfecting of the LRT stations and transit centres, making sure all touch points are sanitized. On top of that, we’ve also been doing extra cleaning during the day,” said Trevor Dennehy, General Supervisor, Edmonton Transit Service Facilities. 

“Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve been using a new machine, a new technology, that uses static electricity to disperse a disinfecting agent that continues to activate into all those hard-to-reach areas,” said Dennehy. “So you can spray it on one surface and it effectively gets behind all the surfaces.”

Common touch points include: door handles, push buttons to open doors, handrails in pedways and stairwells, escalator handrails, elevators, ticket machines, benches and vending machines. 

An electrostatic sprayer to spray down glass doors to the Transit Station
Electrostatic cleaning crew, Century Park transit centre

Video: Touch point technology

Watch enhanced cleaning and disinfecting in action, including the innovative electrostatic sprayer that is known to kill COVID-19.  

The City has a number of electrostatic sprayers, including larger wheeled versions, and smaller, more portable, backpack versions, all of which are being used daily for more frequent, more intense transit disinfecting. The technology is safe, and the disinfectant is approved by Health Canada. 

LRT

On LRT cars, enhanced cleaning and disinfecting continues to be a critical priority.

“We’ve been spraying all surfaces with electrostatic spray, disinfecting, adding another step of precautions to our daily procedures,” said Farid Abid, General Supervisor, LRV Engineering and Maintenance.

“All surfaces inside the vehicle, including windows, stanchions, hand loops, buttons, seats, backseats, floor and steps, the cab for the motorman, and everything else,” said Abid.

Buses

Eddie Robar, Branch Manager, ETS, said switching to an enhanced Saturday transit service accomplished a few goals.

“It enabled us to use a fleet of buses that all have Operator shields, that further protect our staff and customers, by having a physical barrier,” he said.

“Running a Saturday schedule on weekdays also gives us the ability to continue to enhance our cleaning and disinfecting efforts.”

All DATS buses continue to get cleaned, electrostatic-sprayed and disinfected daily as well. Every Operator goes out with a clean bus. As well, custodial team members do daily cleaning and disinfecting of the Percy Wickman Garage.

Top priority, and thanks

“Our top priority is the health and safety of Edmontonians,” said Robar. “We appreciate the support and cooperation of Edmonton residents as we manage the COVID-19 situation together. Please Wear A Mask on Transit. It helps keep our community safe.”

For the latest information on bus schedules and routes: takeETS.com