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DART News Release

Media Relations Contact:
Gordon Shattles
Mark A. Ball

May 1, 2020

DART Continues Focus on Cleaning as Riders Return to Work

Keeping the recommended six feet apart to maintain physical distance from others to help stop the spread of a virus is challenging for any mass transit agency, including Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART).

DART is recognized by other agencies as an innovative industry leader for exploring new advancements in energy and technology for its fleets, but advancing new ideas for cleanliness?

DART has aggressively expanded agency-wide cleaning and safety protocols in response to the novel coronavirus and remains committed to doing everything possible to keep patrons and employees safe through this pandemic.

Buses, light rail vehicles and Trinity Railway Express (TRE) trains are traditionally cleaned on a nightly basis.

With a focus on providing customers and employees with enhanced protection during the coronavirus pandemic, vehicles now receive additional cleanings throughout the day.

DART LIGHT RAIL VEHICLES

DART light rail vehicles receive a thorough cleaning at the eight terminus stations throughout the day with a focus on high touch areas. High touch surface areas are cleaned with an EPA approved cleaning agent. High touch surfaces include handrails, door buttons, grab rails and hanging straps.

Red and Blue Line trains are cleaned every 60 minutes. Orange and Green Line trains are cleaned every 90 minutes.

Each weekday night, DART light rail vehicles receive a complete cleaning between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.

Cleaning includes sweeping, mopping and a complete wipe-down with an EPA approved cleaning agent.


On weekends, when ridership is reduced, DART light rail vehicles are sanitized with Halosil Foggers that use a hydrogen peroxide-based cleaning solution with antimicrobial silver ions to sanitize and disinfect each train ensuring all surfaces are cleaned.

DART BUS VEHICLES

DART buses receive cleanings nightly with a focus on high touch areas. High touch surface areas are cleaned with an EPA approved cleaning agent. High touch surfaces include handrails, door buttons, and grab rails.

DART buses are also cleaned on a rotating basis with the Halosil Foggers that use a hydrogen peroxide-based cleaning solution with antimicrobial silver ions to sanitize and disinfect.


Over 70% of DART buses are equipped with SanUVAire Breathe Safe Germicidal UV Systems that utilize ultraviolet germicidal irradiation technology to kill viruses as air is recirculated throughout the bus.

All DART vehicles are cleaned with products identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as successful in killing the coronavirus, as well as influenza, rhinovirus, norovirus, salmonella, staphylococcus, and e-coli.

Finally, DART continues to enforce procedures to isolate vehicles and areas that have been exposed to unsanitary and unhygienic situations. This includes removing vehicles from service that have been exposed to biohazard situations from passengers.

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