GO Transit, serving the city of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and Valley Transit, serving the Fox Cities in Wisconsin, have installed NFI Parts’ Proactive Air and Surface Purification (PASP) system.
The PASP units, which are part of NFI Parts’ Clean and Protect product line, use proprietary technology to create advanced purification by producing high-energy clusters that are distributed throughout the interior of the vehicle, safely sanitizing both air and surfaces. It is mounted directly in the passenger compartment allowing for deactivation of viruses as they are introduced into the vehicle.
Testing at the University of Florida confirmed the technology deactivates SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, as well as deactivating coronavirus 229E. The technology has also been tested in operation in a stationary mass transportation vehicle environment where surface bacteria levels were reduced to almost non-detectable levels and VOC (volatile organic compounds) air quality measurements were reduced by almost 96%.
“It not only deactivates the SARS-CoV-2 virus; it is also effective on other viruses, bacteria, mold, fungus, VOCs, mildew and odors, making the experience of public transportation more comfortable and appealing,” said Brian Dewsnup, president at NFI Parts.
“The safety and security of our riders and staff is our top priority,” said Jim Collins, transportation director at the City of Oshkosh. “After completing the installation of driver barriers and hand sanitizing stations, the PASP unit was a great solution to round out our safety strategy.”
“We’re extremely happy to have something installed in our fleet that is able to disinfect air and surfaces throughout the day,” said Ron McDonald, GM at Valley Transit. “Since joining the APTA Health and Safety Commitment Program, we have remained committed to following every precaution possible to ensure our buses are safe. The unit running while buses are on the road, paired with daily cleaning crews and new driver barriers, covers all bases.”
GO Transit operates on a fixed-route system, providing bus service to over one million passengers per year.
Valley Transit provides numerous transportation options throughout a Tri-County area that covers 117 square miles with a population greater than 200,000 residents.