BENDIGO V/Line trains will be cleaned more often as part of efforts to make the public transport network COVID-19 safe.
A total of 116 people will carry out extra cleaning over the next 12 weeks across the V/Line network.
Bendigo resident Rajender Mehla came to the program after loosing work as a chef when COVID-19 shut restaurants.
Mr Mehla said it was "incredibly good" to have the job, because everyone was struggling.
Cleaning will focus on high touch areas, Myki readers, handrails, seating areas. These will be cleaned at all stations on the network during the day.
Staff areas and train depots will be cleaned more often as well.
These measures are on top of current sanitisation measures, which include the deep cleaning of carriages before each service.
Public Transport Minister Ben Carroll said the program was 12 weeks, but the government aimed to make sure workers could have secure employment through the program.
Mr Carroll said the vast majority of cleaning workers had lost work during the pandemic, and been unable to qualify for JobKeeper or JobSeeker.
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