The Rapid announced it has contracted with United Safety & Survivability Corporation to install Active Air Purification systems on its bus fleet, according to the agency's news release.
The Active Air Purification systems eliminate more than 99% of germs, viruses, and bacteria in the air and on surfaces.
The improved air purification protects against the spread of viruses and is effective against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
“Safety is our highest priority for our customers and staff,” said Deb Prato. “The new Active Air Purification systems reduce the spread of illness and make traveling on our buses even safer. I considered this an essential investment for the well-being of our community and bus operators.”
The new air purification units were installed on nearly 70% of buses in The Rapid’s fleet. This consists of all Silver Line, Laker Line, and newer buses. Air purification systems were not installed on any buses scheduled to be retired within the next two years. The active air system will become the standard on all future bus procurements.
The units use ultraviolet (UV-C) technology similar to the UV-C systems in hospitals to purify the air and surfaces using the existing HVAC systems on buses, according to The Rapid. This technology actively eliminates viral and bacterial pathogens as well as odors, molds, and mildew by utilizing safe levels of naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide.