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CTA Explains How They Clean Busses, Trains, and Stations

By Charli Renken

CTA Explains How They Clean Busses, Trains, and Stations

CTA says they are continuing rigorous cleaning of transit property.

With the recent WHO announcement about the coronavirus pandemic, cleanliness of public transit is on the minds of many Chicagoans. The Chicago Transit Authority says they are closely monitoring the public health issue of COVID-19 and following industry standards to make sure busses, trains, and station equipment is properly cleaned.

“CTA will continue to follow industry best practices and work closely with health officials. These experts advise CTA that no operational changes or revised protocols are necessary at this time,” the transit authority says.

So, nothing has really changed when it comes to CTA’s cleaning protocols, but for your own peace of mind, it might be helpful to know what that protocol is. Here’s how the CTA cleans (and deep cleans) busses, trains, and stations.

All busses and trains are cleaned daily, which includes disinfecting seats, handrails, windows, and other surfaces, as well as concentrated spot cleaning where needed. In addition to daily cleaning, vehicles are also routinely deep cleaned which includes intensive cleanings of interior and exterior surfaces.

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In addition to routine cleaning vehicles, stations also receive daily cleaning and disinfectant on all handrails, Ventra vending machines, fare gates, and turnstiles.

The CTA is advising riders to cover their mouths with a tissue when coughing and sneezing and then throwing that tissue away. Riders are also encouraged to avoid close contact with people who are sick, avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes, and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or hand-sanitizer when soap and water are not available. You should also stay home if you feel sick and seek medical attention.

You can learn more about what the CTA is doing to stop the spread of coronavirus on the transit authority’s website. You can also learn more about the coronavirus, news updates, and how to protect yourself and others by regularly checking our guide here. 

Feature photo courtesy of CTA.