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The Future Of Public Transit Safety

April 2021

What you need to know:

  • Public transportation keeps America running by connecting people to their jobs, essential services and more.
  • Transit agencies need a strategic solution to keep riders and employees safe from germs.
  • SurfaceWise2™ is the foundation of a comprehensive safety plan for public transportation.

Public transit systems are the backbone of American transportation, and their services are rooted in the hearts of cities across the nation. As they branch out, they connect people to their jobs, entertainment and each other.

During the pandemic, America’s reliance on these systems — and their operators — became clear as they nobly shouldered the responsibility of safely ferrying essential workers where they were needed most. They kept America running as an unknown illness swept across the globe.

Public transit systems are more than bus lines and subway lines — they’re lifelines for the American public.

The definition of safety has changed.

With the post-pandemic phase on the horizon, people are reconsidering the meaning of the word “safety,” and that’s especially true when it comes to public transit.

Historically, common public safety issues within transit systems have included crime, safety regulation enforcement and operational compliance. But now, it’s time to add a new consideration to that list: protection against unseen harms like bacteria and viruses.

Where will they look for reassurance? An October 2020 report by the American Public Transportation Association found 87% of public transit users would be extremely reassured by a third-party safety certificate or seal. The same report discovered that public awareness and positive impressions increase when public transit agencies communicate about their safety efforts.

As the public reemerges in the months to come, and employees return to their stations, transit agencies should take advantage of the opportunity to increase public confidence by reframing their safety standards to include proper sanitization.

Transit agencies need a proven solution.

What solution can offer proven and lasting widespread surface sanitization without harming humans or the environment with toxic chemicals? There’s only one name on that list — SurfaceWise2. As such, it is a key component to the multilayered safety approach required by public transit systems.

ABS Blog April Public Transit

SurfaceWise2 is the only lasting antiviral with EPA approval. A single application offers weeks of protection against a variety of illness-causing pathogens. Its quick electrostatic application reduces human error, cuts downtime and ensures precise, complete coverage on virtually any surface.

SurfaceWise®, the product that led to SurfaceWise2, was tested on public buses, and over the course of 30 days, was shown to reduce bacteria by 93%. That’s because it transforms seats, turnstiles, grab bars and door handles into durable, self-sanitizing surfaces, and it won’t rub off in between routes. (Learn more about the different places SurfaceWise2 has been tested, including on airlines.)

Transit Bus Experiment

Safety isn’t a consumer fad; it’s a lasting priority for riders and employees, and investing in it is a good way to show them you’re serious about protecting them.

SurfaceWise2 will help provide the confidence employees and consumers need.

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