MBTA Increases Sanitation As Massachusetts Prepares For Coronavirus

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The MBTA is increasing their sanitation schedule to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Guardrails, handrails, and fare equipment are going to be disinfected every four hours, and more hand sanitize stations are also going to be installed.

Along with Gov. Charlie Baker, MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said this plan was in the works since the initial outbreak.

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Gov. Baker: Massachusetts Prepared For Coronavirus

"Although the risk for COVID-19 remains low in Massachusetts, we are taking steps to protect the health and safety of our customers and our employees by expanding disinfecting and sanitation measures," Poftak said in a statement. "As an additional precaution, we remind the public to follow existing best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Massachusetts Department of Public Health to protect themselves."

Poftak said that by the end of this week, the MBTA will be able to disinfect not only the Commuter Rail, but also subway cars, buses, and para-transit vehicles.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports

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