Forget your mask? NJ Transit has 245K donated masks to be handed out at stations
Drone video of NJ Transit stations at Secaucus Junction and Hoboken Terminal on Thursday. Gov. Murphy announced NJ Transit train and light rail service will resume on July 6. NorthJersey.com
More than 245,000 cloth masks are being donated to NJ Transit from a federal agency to help out commuters who forget or lose their mask at certain stations.
About 10 million masks from the Federal Transit Administration have been distributed to 458 transit agencies and Amtrak since June, according to an NJ Transit press release announcing the donation.
"Last week, and continuing through the end of this week, NJ TRANSIT Customer Service Ambassadors began distributing masks at numerous stations. Customers were provided with the FTA-donated cloth masks if they needed a face covering," the release said. "Major terminals will maintain a limited supply of masks at customer service offices in the event customers forget or lose their masks."
Transit agencies around the country are working to implement new rules for public transportation so people can safely return to trains, buses and light rail. Customers are encouraged to spread out as much as possible, UV light technology for disinfecting is being experimented with on vehicles, enhanced cleaning procedures are still in place, and riders are required to wear masks.
Following suit with other transit agencies in the region, the 50% capacity cap on riders in each vehicle has been lifted for NJ Transit and private carriers that operate in the state. The agency also resumed its normal schedule to accommodate social distancing as ridership slowly returns.
Colleen Wilson covers the Port Authority and NJ Transit for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to her work covering the region’s transportation systems and how they affect your commute, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.