MTA institutes new cleaning protocols to combat coronavirus

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Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials announced Monday that they will now be instituting new cleaning protocols to combat coronavirus.

Concerns about using mass transit are on heightened alert after an attorney from New Rochelle, who commuted into the city, became the second coronavirus patient in the state.

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Latimer's office says the man used Metro-North to commute into New York City for work, and the MTA says it is not taking any risks.

Metro-North is the second busiest commuter train in North America, covering 775 miles and carrying an estimated 300,000 passengers a day.

MTA officials say the plan is to disinfect stations, buses and trains serving New York City Transit, MTA Bus, Access-A-Ride, Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North.

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Frequently used surfaces in stations, such as turnstiles, MetroCard and ticket vending machines and handrails will be disinfected daily.

A spokesperson with the MTA says as of Tuesday evening, they have sanitized half of their touch points and dining areas at Grand Central Terminal. They say half of all train stations are disinfected and half of passenger cars have been disinfected.

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MTA officials say they will also be running public service announcements on how commuters can protect themselves in stations and on train cars and buses.

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