By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

CHICAGO (CBS) — Today Metra announced its plan to upgrade its air purification system for safer transportation during the COIVD-19 pandemic.

 

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Each railcar will have a ventilation system that uses a three-stage purification process that includes ultraviolet light, electrical fields and stronger filters. This process is expected to remove 99 percent of all airborne viruses, including COVID-19, Metra said.

 

Metra said that their current filters already refresh every four minutes and use hospital-grade filters on train cars. Their new filters are equivalent to MERV 17 or HEPA standards.

 

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The new system will be tested on 50 train cars before it is approved. Today, the Metra Board of Directors approved a contract that would provide 700 train cars with the new air purification system. Metra continues to also require masks to be worn and social distancing measures while riding the train.

 

 

 

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CBS 2 Chicago Staff