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Urine Trouble: MARTA Station Elevators to Get Pee Alarms

To discourage users from peeing on elevators at Atlanta MARTA stations, new urine detection technology is being installed as part of rehab plans.
June 21, 2017, 12pm PDT | jwilliams | @jwillia22
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Rob Marmion

To cut down on the number of people urinating in elevators at MARTA stations across Atlanta, new pee detection technology is being installed as part of a $149 million rehab program for the system. Dave Wickert of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the anti-pee technology will flash a strobe light, sound an alarm, and alert MARTA police when urine is detected.

When the elevator door opens, the elevator will stop and won’t operate again until MARTA employees reset it. A crew will clean, sanitize and deodorize the elevator before putting it back into service.

[Tom Beebe, MARTA’s director of vertical transportation] said signs will warn people about the urine detectors. The detectors have already been installed on 13 MARTA elevators and eventually will be installed in all of them.

Wickert notes that plans for future upgrades include adding restrooms to more MARTA stations.

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Published on Friday, June 16, 2017 in Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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