COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfection

At a Glance

  • Client(s)
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), MTA Buses, NYCT Department of Bus
  • Work Performed By
  • LTK Brooklyn
  • Project Contact
  • Julie Green, Vice President, New York
  • Project Description
  • Support MTA NYCT with cleaning and disinfection of subway cars and buses, including the use of UV light.
  • Project Duration
  • March 2020 to present

The Challenge

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, LTK was tasked by MTA NYCT to provide immediate support for the interior cleaning and disinfection of its subway and bus fleets.  

LTK was tasked by MTA NYCT, NYCT Department of Bus, and MTA Bus to initiate a high-priority program to test procedures, and then rapidly hire and deploy third-party contractors to clean and disinfect the interiors of subway cars and buses, including all touch surfaces.

Our Continued Commitment

LTK identified best-practices required to complete a COVID-19 mitigation program in a dense, urban environment with minimal effect on daily operations. By overseeing and testing the results of professional cleaning and disinfecting contractors, LTK developed first-hand knowledge of the equipment, products, and labor techniques required to quickly complete a program of this magnitude. LTK is currently responsible for managing various facets of the program, including part-time inspector oversight of the third-party contractors, testing of materials used on the subway cars and buses to verify compliance of the agencies’ systems safety directives, oversight of pre- and post-cleaning testing of the interiors of subway cars and buses to assess bacterial loads, daily/weekly reporting to senior staffs (including the preparation of presentations and briefings), preparation of recommendations, stakeholder coordination, and procurement support.

The Solutions

LTK helped design and oversee pilot programs for short-listed firms to determine which third-party contractors could perform the work in the most efficient and contract-compliant manner. LTK also initiated the implementation of an ultraviolet (UV) light pilot program that was effectively used in the disinfection process.


The Results

Swab test show a reduction of the viral load to near zero. LTK’s management of the cleaning and disinfection processes allowed New York transit agencies to confidently alert the public to all they were doing to make the transit system safe to ride.

Did You Know?

  • There are 6,500 subway cars in New York
  • The use of ultraviolet light as a means of disinfection dates back to the late 1800s


LTK Capabilities Used on This Project