NJ Transit introduces PPE vending machines

The vending machines were installed in two locations with more on the way

PPE vending machines are coming to NJ Transit stations.
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PPE vending machines are coming to NJ Transit stations.

NJ TRANSIT is introducing vending machines on a pilot basis to dispense Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The machines are an additional measure implemented to protect customers and employees from the spread of COVID-19.

Machines supplying face masks, hand sanitizer, sanitized wipes and disposable gloves are available at Newark Penn Station and Hoboken Terminal. The machines will also be installed over the coming weeks at Secaucus Junction, Summit Station, Metropark, Trenton Transit Center and New Brunswick Station.

“Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, NJ TRANSIT has taken extraordinary measures to provide the safest possible travel environment for our customers and employees, and these new PPE vending machines serve as yet another example of our ongoing efforts,” said NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin Corbett.

“We want our customers to trust that we have prepared the safest and cleanest transit system possible for their return and will continue to work hard every day to keep it that way.”

On Sept. 4, the PPE vending machines were installed at Newark Penn Station and Hoboken Terminal.

Face masks will be sold in several configurations, with a single 3-ply disposable costing $1 and a 10-pack of KN95 masks selling for $25. Reusable fashion masks will also be sold.

Machines will accept cash or credit cards. They will be stocked with the same PPE options and also remain through the end of the year.

The PPE machines are managed and stocked by a third-party vendor. They will be at the stations until the end of the year.

In the coming weeks, more PPE machines will be installed. Gov. Phil Murphy’s Executive Order 165 requires all staff and customers to wear face coverings on board all transit vehicles and inside all stations and facilities. Masks are also required on train platforms and bus stops when distancing is not possible.

Eating and drinking are strictly prohibited on all transit vehicles.

NJ Transit customers are reminded that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over. All customers on NJ TRANSIT vehicles are strongly advised to continue utilizing safe practices including staying at home if feeling sick, social distancing, washing hands, and staying safe.

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