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SEPTA Tries Urine-Repelling Paint to Clean Up Stations

Philadelphia's main transit agency plans to try urine-repelling paint to combat complaints of poor subway smells and cleanliness.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority will run a trial this fall of a product called Ultra-Ever Dry. The surface coating has been used in public spaces in San Francisco and Hamburg, Germany.

The coating apparently makes urine spray back on the offender.


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SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch says complaints are common for any large transit system. He says SEPTA's maintenance crews are always looking for new ways to tackle cleanup issues aside from their regular cleaning routines.

Busch confirmed with NBC10 the trial evaluation of "Ultra Ever Dry" will be performed in the early fall, however no specific location for the test has been selected yet. 

"This is just one more thing that SEPTA will have to help keep the system clean," said Busch. 

The news website Billy Penn first reported the agency's plans.

Busch says trial costs are minimal.

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