Supplemental Study of Filter Technology Efficacy for Transit Vehicles to Combat the Spread of COVID-19 and Other Respiratory Infections

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a worldwide issue for over a year now, and transit agencies are still struggling to find cost efficient solutions, which will provide improved rider safety and restore rider confidence. Airborne transmission of the virus has been identified as one of the primary modes through which COVID-19 is spread. MERV 13 filters are able to filter 85% of particles from 1 µm to 3 µm in size, which is ideal for capturing the respiratory droplets. MERV 8+Ag filters contain a silver impregnated layer within and on top of the filter material. This silver layer has antiviral properties which can deactivate viruses trapped within the layer, as well as help prevent the growth of other pathogens that may have been trapped on the filter and will sit on the used filter until it is replaced. The primary goal of this study is to determine if the performance on these filters change over time, specifically in the transit environment, and to compare the results to manufacturer ratings. The intended outcome of the project is to provide a series of guidance and recommendations to transit agencies to help them decide whether it is worth the additional financial cost as well as any potential increased maintenance associated with upgrading their filters.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $30000
  • Contract Numbers:

    69A3551847102

    CAIT-UTC-REG58

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    New Jersey Transit Corporation

    1 Penn Plaza East
    Newark, NJ  United States  07105-2246

    Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation

    Rutgers University
    100 Brett Road
    Piscataway, NJ  United States  08854-8058
  • Project Managers:

    Dean, John (Jack)

    Szary, Patrick

  • Performing Organizations:

    Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation

    Rutgers University
    100 Brett Road
    Piscataway, NJ  United States  08854-8058
  • Principal Investigators:

    Mott, Shane

    Mainelis, Gediminas

  • Start Date: 20210201
  • Expected Completion Date: 20210930
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01771376
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551847102, CAIT-UTC-REG58
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: May 6 2021 12:14PM