January 20th – Recently, the Metropolitan Transportation Agency (MTA) disinfected the cars regularly to prevent and control the coronavirus epidemic, and more than 70% of passengers felt safe.
According to a survey of 15,000 passengers obtained by The Washington Post, 31% of the respondents believe that clean subways and buses make them “safe when taking public transportation”.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and traffic officials launched a “all-the-clock” subway cleaning this spring as the coronavirus pandemic has reduced ridership.
When scientists concluded that “the virus is not easy to spread through the plastic and steel surfaces commonly seen on trains and buses”, the MTA believes that even a small threat of infection with the virus will scare off potential passengers, so it still adheres to its disinfection strategy.
A MTA spokesperson said MTA has spent $353 million on cleaning and non-cleaning costs related to COVID-19.
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