As an additional measure to protect customers and employees from the spread of COVID-19, NJ TRANSIT is introducing vending machines on a pilot basis to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as face masks, hand sanitizer, sanitized wipes, and disposable gloves at Newark Penn Station and Hoboken Terminal. The machines will also be installed at other select stations over the coming weeks.
“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.”
One PPE vending machine will be installed at Newark Penn Station and one machine will be installed at Hoboken Terminal. Face masks will be sold in several configurations, with a single three-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. 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 at Summit Station, Secaucus Junction, Metropark, Trenton Transit Center, and New Brunswick Station. They will be stocked with the same PPE options and remain through the end of the year.
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.