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Boston transit agency to try urine sensors on elevators

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Posted at 2:16 PM, Jun 12, 2022

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is going to tackle the nuisance of public urination with technology.

The MBTA is launching a pilot program this summer in which urine detection sensors will be placed in four downtown elevators.

The data will be collected for several months with a goal of creating a system that can alert transit ambassadors to dispatch a cleaning crew.

The MBTA said public urination is not only unsanitary but can also damage elevators.

The sensors are not a new concept.

Nearly a decade ago, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority launched a program that triggered strobe lights, alarms and alerts to MARTA police when urine was detected.