MBTA To Launch Pilot Program Placing Urine Sensors In Elevators

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The MBTA is planning to launch a new pilot program to help keep its elevators cleaner.

The plan includes installing urine detection sensors in "frequently soiled" elevators at four MBTA stations in downtown Boston which will allow them to come up with a way to create a system to clean elevators quicker. The sensors monitor the air in the elevators and send alerts to MBTA ambassadors in stations, who then can send for a cleanup crew.

This new pilot program is set to kick off sometime this summer and will collect data over several months to help come up with the best system to clean the elevators. The MBTA said it hopes the plan will keep elevators clean and help prevent any damage that urine can cause. Some MBTA riders are thrilled about the idea of this pilot program.

"That sounds like a great idea actually," one rider told WBZ's James Rojas. "I can recount countless times I've been in elevators that smelled like [urine] and that sounds like a pretty cool invention."

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This isn't the first time a transit authority has tried out urine sensors. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority installed a similar program where sensors would trigger strobe lights, alarms, and alert transit police if urine was detected.

WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) reports.

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