INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo) has formed a significant partnership with Lumin-Air to increase clean, breathable air in its buses. The Indiana-based company will equip IndyGo’s full fleet with a state-of-the-art active air filtration and UVC lighting system to help continuously remove pathogens, allergens and odors from the air riders breathe. IndyGo will be the first transit agency in the nation to install this system on its full fleet.
IndyGo is excited to make the installments in its fixed route, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and paratransit buses, which is its latest effort to increase rider and bus operator safety with the ongoing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. These systems will operate through the HVAC system while the buses are occupied, continually providing cleaned, disinfected air for riders to breathe.
“Rider safety is our number one priority and Lumin-Air will help us take that commitment to the next level,” said IndyGo President and CEO Inez Evans. “This system will not only generate some of the cleanest air on any bus in the country but will also give our riders increased peace of mind when riding IndyGo.”
“Our solution helps remove contaminants from the air in order to reduce the risk of airborne pathogen transmission on transit vehicles and school buses with safe, proven technology,” Lumin-Air’s COO Andrew Desmarais said. “Our patented process uses MERV-13 equivalent active filtration and UVC lighting, which has been used for decades, to remove and inactivate pathogens, along with other particulates, and is a recommended solution by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). The Lumin-Air solution keeps UVC in an enclosure space, preventing UVC from shining on occupants or materials, and helping to capture and inactivate pathogens in the air before recirculating air back into the bus.”
Brian Clem, IndyGo risk and safety director added, “Giving confidence in safety back to our employees and riders is what public transportation needs now and moving forward.”
Teams from IndyGo and Lumin-Air will work to install the system on the full fleet over the next several months.
To watch an animation of how the UVC light air filtration system will work on an IndyGo bus, click here.