NY transit expands UV pilot program to fight virus

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is expanding a pilot program to use a type of ultraviolet light to kill the virus that causes COVID-19. (June 12)

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NY MTA starts UV cleaning pilot to combat virus

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is launching an ultraviolet (UV) light pilot program to tackle the spread of the coronavirus on the city’s trains and buses. (May 20)

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84 virus deaths among NYC subway, bus operators

84 employees of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority have died from COVID-19 since the beginning of the outbreak. Bus drivers and others are taking extra safety precautions. (April 24)

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25-ton floodgates installed in NYC

When Hurricane Sandy hit New York City in 2012, water flooded both car and train tunnels. The water did extensive damage to the electrical systems and wall and ceiling panels of the tunnels. Some train lines were delayed or closed for months. Now, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is installing heavy, metal floodgates that can be closed during big storms, to attempt to keep water out of the tunnels. Following is the text of the video.

Floodgates are being installed in New York City. The gates will keep flood waters out of tunnels. Many tunnels flooded during Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and there was no way to stop the water.

These 25-ton gates will block car tunnels that connect Brooklyn and Manhattan. Other gates will block subway tunnels. Along with elevators leading to the subway. Fabric will be used to cover subway stairs. Each gate is custom made to fit the opening.

Joseph Lhota: “This is not something you go to Home Depot or go to Lowes that you can buy off the shelf. It needed to be made to make sure that it was completely sealed.”

The project cost $64 million. It’s halfway done. When finished, the gates can be shut within 30 minutes. Hopefully, enough time to keep the tunnels dry.

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