Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) has entered into a partnership with Outbreaker Solutions Inc. to implement new antimicrobial push-plates on the doors of eight LRT stations and two transit centres in the city.
The push-plates were installed at Bay/Enterprise Square LRT Station as of January 19, 2021 and is anticipated that additional push-plates will be installed at nine other transit facilities during the next month.
Matt Hodgson, co-founder of Outbreaker, said the sodium chloride surfaces can kill germs like bacteria, viruses, and fungi far faster than existing antimicrobial surfaces. They could be effective at reducing the spread of COVID-19. The salt is compressed into a "ceramic-like surface” and can be applied to any commonly touched areas.
The stations and transit centres selected for the pilot program were chosen based on volume of foot traffic and ability to accommodate the push plates, said Anderson in an emailed statement to Taproot Edmonton. Some stations and transit centres use automatic doors, and would not benefit from the plates.