Valley Metro uses a regularly scheduled cleaning process for transit fleet and public spaces. With the advent of COVID-19 in the U.S., we are enhancing the cleaning and disinfecting regimens on public transit.
We are now fogging once a week for buses and once a month for light rail vehicles. Fogging is a higher quality cleaning process to reduce germs from spreading and living on high touch areas.
The high-touch areas (stanchions, hand rails, seat rails and fareboxes) in buses are wiped down nightly, except for the day the bus is fogged. The buses are now being disinfected daily as well. Floors are vacuumed and mopped, seats are cleaned and walls are wiped down regularly.
At light rail stations, fare vending machines, handrails, water fountains, call boxes, seats and armrests are cleaned daily and disinfected.
All fare inspections on light rail are now visual, meaning that fare is still required but there will be no contact to inspect fares.
Paratransit vehicles are being cleaned with a broad-spectrum disinfectant nightly. Drivers are also wiping down high touch areas with disinfectant throughout the day.