MTA: Mask dispensers added as safety measure to help stop spread of COVID-19

Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials want to make sure riders are wearing a mask, so they’ve announced a new piece of equipment that will be seen in some buses.

News 12 Staff

Jul 29, 2020, 8:24 PM

Updated 1,399 days ago

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Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials want to make sure riders are wearing a mask, so they’ve announced a new piece of equipment that will be seen in some buses. 
Mask dispensers that can fit up to 75 masks are going to make sure commuters have free face coverings to stop the spread of the coronavirus. 
MTA officials rolled out a pilot program to bring the dispensers to Bx12 and Bx41 Select buses in the Bronx, as well as three express routes in Queens and a local route in Staten Island. 
New York City Transit is currently operating 6,000 buses across the city, with more than a million riders each day. The president of the MTA Bus Company said that of the 50,000 official observations made on buses citywide - on average 96% of riders are wearing masks.
Last week, the agency announced that 160 Bridge and Tunnel officers are performing spot checks of mask compliance on buses.
 


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