Edmonton introduces new germ-killing LRT seats for transit riders

Apr 5 2021, 10:36 am

Edmonton transit users may have noticed that a new type of seat has been installed in the city’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) trains lately.

Since the onset of COVID-19, Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) has introduced over 30 public health measures to help stop the spread of the virus and keep riders safe and healthy on the transit system.

ETS’s latest public health enhancement is the installation of new germ-killing seats on select LRT cars.

The germ-killing seats can be found in approximately two-thirds of the city’s LRT fleet, as they’re currently present in many of Edmonton’s newer LRT cars.

The seats have had a germ-killing additive incorporated directly into the seat plastic. This additive can reduce up to 99.9% of germs such as bacteria, fungus, and viruses within two hours.

These seats are also easier to clean and maintain, and ETS expects that they will last the remaining life of the LRT cars.

“Health and safety continues to be our primary focus,” said Craig McKeown, Director, LRT Operations and Maintenance, ETS, “And these new germ-killing LRT seats complement all of the other public health measures we have in place, like enhanced daily cleaning and disinfecting of transit vehicles and transit property.”

“We’re continually looking to incorporate innovative health measures to keep Edmontonians safe.”

The new seats come after another germ-killing initiative that was introduced to Edmonton’s transit facilities earlier this year.

ETS partnered with local company Outbreaker Solutions to install germ-killing push-plates on swing doors at several of the city’s busy transit facilities. The push-plates are made of highly compressed salt that kills viruses, bacteria, and fungi in seconds.


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ETS advises citizens to continue to follow all COVID-19-related safety precautions, including washing hands or sanitizing before and after using transit, physical distancing whenever possible, and wearing a mask on transit and at transit facilities.

“The risk of COVID-19 transmission on public transit continues to be low,” said the City of Edmonton in a news release, “And we’d like to thank Edmontonians for continuing to wear a mask and complying with public health guidelines.”

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