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Washington set to spend $7.5 million cleaning transit stations

December 30, 2009
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WASHINGTON — The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority plans to spend $7.5 million to clean roughly half its stations between January 2010 and June 2011, according to the Washington Business Journal.
Most of the deep cleaning will be performed at night after services are suspended; it will take 20-90 days to completely clean each station, the story stated.
According to the story, the 42-station project will be divided into two stages, with the first round of cleaning slated to occur from January to June 2010.
Paul Gillum, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority''s director of plant maintenance, said: "Because of the work involved, all station cleaning activities occur in the middle of the night when the system closes and this allows us to conduct a full press on that station. Our dedicated employees take tremendous pride in restoring our train stations to like-new conditions and the work involved is meticulous because of what needs to be done."
The plans include pressure washing and painting ceilings and walls, refinishing station platforms and performing various other cleaning and maintenance tasks, the story noted.
Since the implementation of a station enhancement program in April 1991, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has deep cleaned each of its stations every four years, the story added.
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