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UV Test Underway

NJ TRANSIT has teamed up with Rutgers University’s Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) to test the use of ultraviolet-c (UVC) to disinfect its bus fleet from viruses such as COVID-19. The effort is part of our commitment to investigate and deploy the latest technology and best practices to provide a clean and safe environment for all customers and employees.

The study, to be conducted over the next few months, will include examining the  effectiveness of the UVC wavelength in killing viruses, as well as electronically mapping the interior of different bus models to determine the best placement for the UVC source. UVC light energy is not the same as the UVA and UVB light wavelengths found in exposure to sunlight. However, UVC will not be used when customers are on board buses.

While the test is ongoing, NJ TRANSIT continues enhanced cleaning efforts to include disinfecting vehicles every 24 hours. Hard surface cleaning and disinfecting typically includes handholds, arm rests, seating areas and restrooms. Our enhanced cleaning regimen in stations and terminals includes frequent cleaning of ticket vending machines, handrails, door handles and knobs, benches, windows, partitions, trash cans, elevators, escalators, ledges, and all restrooms and floor surfaces.

As a reminder, please follow these Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash, then wash hands 

For more information on what we are doing to protect your health and safety, visit www.njtransit.com/recovery.