Valley Metro has implemented cleaning and disinfecting regimens above and beyond our regularly scheduled cleaning process for transit fleet and public spaces since the beginning of the pandemic.
We are now utilizing fogging on both buses and light rail vehicles. Fogging is an anti-viral/anti-bacterial vapor misting system that disinfects large spaces by leaving a longer, residual clean.
- Buses are fogged three times per week. On the days they are not fogged, all high-touch areas (stanchions, hand rails, seat rails, etc.) are cleaned with an anti-viral solution.
- Light rail trains are fogged once a month using a two-step process that lasts longer. First, they are fogged with a sanitizing solution and then fogged with a "barrier" solution that lasts for approximately one month. High-touch areas on light rail vehicles are cleaned with an anti-viral solution each day.
At light rail stations, fare vending machines, handrails, water fountains, call boxes, seats and armrests are disinfected daily with an anti-viral solution.
Paratransit vehicles are being cleaned with a broad-spectrum disinfectant nightly. Drivers are also wiping down high touch areas with disinfectant throughout the day.
Riding public transit is safe during a pandemic
Since the pandemic started in late March, we've enhanced cleaning and introduced additional safety measures to keep everyone safe and healthy. Studies are now showing, public transportation is safe and there is low-risk of spreading of COVID-19. The low-risk label is only possible when people are social distancing, wearing their face coverings and hand washing before and after using transit. Here are a few articles that show how safe public transportation is to use during the pandemic.
May 14, 2021: Marin Voice: ‘Ready for you’ public transit agencies stay safe amid pandemic by Marin Independent Journal
Dec. 2, 2020: New NYU study suggests NYC subways are not a spreader of COVID-19 by New York Daily News
Oct. 26, 2020: What's better in the pandemic: public transportation or ride share? by The Washington Post
Sept. 30, 2020: New Study Finds No Direct Link Between Subway & COVID-19 Spread by Gothamist
Aug. 7, 2020: Public transit may not bring a high risk of coronavirus transmission, research suggests — depending on which precautions you take by Business Insider
July 28, 2020: There Is Little Evidence That Mass Transit Poses a Risk of Coronavirus Outbreaks by Scientific American