Sunday, September 19, 2021
ADVT 
National

TransLink tests technology to sanitize air on buses

Darpan News Desk Translink, 06 Mar, 2021 12:23 AM
  • TransLink tests technology to sanitize air on buses

TransLink is testing a technology called photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) to sanitize the air and surfaces on board transit vehicles. The one-month pilot will begin March 6 on a 60-foot articulated bus and two double-decker buses.

PCO works by circulating low levels of hydrogen peroxide to kill pathogens like viruses. The technology, which has been tested for safe exposure levels, is already used in other sectors such as the hotel and restaurant industries.

The PCO process occurs in the HVAC system so customers will not be able to observe the process, but they may notice a subtle clean scent. The three buses will also have clear signage indicating that PCO is taking place.

“TransLink is continually looking at new and innovative technology to keep our customers on transit as safe as possible,” said CMBC President Michael McDaniel. “Photocatalytic oxidation is a safe technology and has been used in buildings owned by organizations like Google, Marriott, and Kennedy Space Center and we are optimistic that will it have a positive impact on our system.”

This testing period will determine PCO’s ability to effectively sanitize surfaces on transit and will work with peer agencies to validate the technology’s ability to sanitize air. Following the testing period, TransLink will analyze the data and determine if the technology meets the criteria for wider implementation.

TransLink has been building upon our Safe Operating Action Plan throughout the COVID-19 pandemic by researching, developing, and implementing practices to ensure transit remains as safe as possible. This includes being the first transit agency in North America to use bacteria killing copper surfaces on transit vehicles. We are going to great lengths to achieve our goal of making transit one of the safest public spaces.

Photo courtesy of Istock. 

MORE National ARTICLES

Delayed B.C. tax changes coming into effect

Delayed B.C. tax changes coming into effect

The tax will apply to all beverages dispensed through soda fountains or similar equipment, along with all beverages dispensed through vending machines.

Delayed B.C. tax changes coming into effect

B.C. top doctor has say over church events: lawyer

B.C. top doctor has say over church events: lawyer

Paul Jaffe, legal counsel for a group of petitioners that includes three Fraser Valley churches, has argued Henry's orders reflect a value judgment.

B.C. top doctor has say over church events: lawyer

Canadian soldier found dead in Afghanistan

Canadian soldier found dead in Afghanistan

He had joined the Armed Forces in 1991 and had deployed on four operational tours. The Defence Department says his body will return to Canada on March 7.

Canadian soldier found dead in Afghanistan

Sajjan aide noted allegations in 2018 email

Sajjan aide noted allegations in 2018 email

Governor-in-council appointments, or GICs, are senior appointments made by the federal cabinet. While Astravas did not include any other details about the nature of the allegation or whom it concerned, the chief of the defence staff is such an appointment.

Sajjan aide noted allegations in 2018 email

PM holds firm on premiers' health-care demands

PM holds firm on premiers' health-care demands

Speaking at a midday press conference, Trudeau said that short-term outlook can't yet give way to longer-term concerns about the effect COVID-19 is having on the Canada's provincially run health-care systems.

PM holds firm on premiers' health-care demands

Two injured after B.C. helicopter crash

Two injured after B.C. helicopter crash

B.C. Emergency Health Services says in a statement that they received a call at about 10 a.m. Friday morning for reports of a downed helicopter on the island off the coast of West Vancouver.

Two injured after B.C. helicopter crash

PrevNext