NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is deploying personal protection equipment (PPE) vending machines at select subway stations as part of a pilot program.

Initially, there will be a dozen vending machines deployed to 10 subway stations.

The machines will dispense reusable face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes.


“The national increase in COVID-19 cases shows how important it is for us to maintain vigilance on use of masks and other PPE,” said Sarah Feinberg, Interim President of MTA New York City Transit. “We want to make it as easy as possible for customers who may not have masks to get them so they can ride the subway. Wearing a mask is the single most important thing our customers can do to protect themselves and those around them — and more than that, it’s absolutely required to ride the system.”

The locations of the first dozen machines:

  • 14 St-Union Square (4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, W)
  • 34 St-Herald Square (two machines) (B, D, F, M, N, Q, R, W)
  • 34 St-Penn Station (1, 2, 3, A, B, C)
  • 42 St-Port Authority Bus Terminal (A, C, E)
  • 42 St-Times Square (two machines) (1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, S, W)
  • 59 St-Columbus Circle (1, A, B, C, D)
  • 74 St-Roosevelt Av (7, E, F, M, R)
  • Atlantic Av-Barclays Center (2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, Q, R)
  • Lexington Av (E, M)

There are two different kinds of machines, one by Canteen and another by Vengo.

Here’s what they will carry:

  • 10-pack of disposable masks for $12.49
  • Reusable cloth masks, $5.99
  • KN95 masks $9.99
  • Wipes $2.25
  • Single use hand sanitizer 75 cents
  • 2-ounce bottle of hand sanitizer $4.99
  • Kits including a mask, wipes and gloves are $6.49

The MTA continues to distribute hand sanitizer at every station and is passing out two million single-use surgical masks at station booths.

CORONAVIRUS: NY Health Dept. | NY Call 1-(888)-364-3065 | NYC Health Dept. | NYC Call 311, Text COVID to 692692 | NJ COVID-19 Info Hub | NJ Call 1-(800)-222-1222 or 211, Text NJCOVID to 898211 | CT Health Dept. | CT Call 211 | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Comments (5)
  1. LA NUKKA says:

    How about mace or tazers to ward off BLM terrorists or condoms to fight the spread of the Alphabet People?

    1. A Whole says:

      How about condoms for your dad so your mom doesnt get knocked up again

  2. espband says:

    I’m sure those machines are contactless right? Because there’s no better way to catch a disease than to touch anything in the NYC subway. Those machines will make more people sick than they’ll save. Idiots.

  3. are they going to sell weapons to defend yourself from the nyc subway thugs who will be running rampant after deblasio defunds the police..?

  4. Gamera says:

    They should sell tin foil hats in the machines too

Leave a Reply