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TheBus and TheHandi-Van to test new air and surface purification systems

Logo that will identify buses and vans using air and surface purification systems

HONOLULU – The City & County of Honolulu’s Department of Transportation Services (DTS), announced today that they are testing two eco-friendly air and surface purification systems in a few in-service vehicles.

TheBus and TheHandi-Van will be testing the NFI.Parts Air and Surface Purification System as well as the United Safety Active Air Purification with RGF Photohydroionization® PHI Technology.  Both systems intake air from within the vehicle, pull the air through a germicidal UV light, and expel naturally occurring hydro-peroxides that kill germs, microbes, viruses, and bacteria in the air and on surfaces.

Independent studies have shown that low-level hydro-peroxides are safe for all passengers, but are effective against SARS, MERS, and COVID viruses.  These technologies have been installed in medical facilities, food establishments, office buildings, and are now being installed in public transit vehicles on the mainland.

“We are exploring every system available to keep our buses and vans clean to keep our riders and employees safe,” said Jon Nouchi, Director, DTS.  “This technology has been used in buildings and we are now testing it to see how effective it is in our vehicles.”

Roger Morton, Oahu Transit Services (OTS) President & General Manager further stated, “Our staff has been proactive in recommending solutions and we are doing all we can to keep our City public transportation system safe.”

OTS will test these systems on select buses and vans that will be identified by the Active Purification System decals.

For more information about the Active Purification System test program, go to

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