Forgot your mask and about to get on the train? If you’re at Hoboken Terminal or Newark Penn Station, $1 has you covered—with personal protective equipment vending machines installed, where you can pay with cash or credit.
RapidMask2Go vending machines were installed in both stations on Sept. 4, selling single 3-ply disposable masks, 10-packs of KN95 masks for $25, and reusable fashion masks.
PPE machines will be installed in several other stations in the coming weeks, including at Summit Station, Secaucus Junction, Metropark, Trenton Transit Center and New Brunswick Station.
They will each remain at their location through the end of the year.
All New Jersey Transit staff and riders are required to wear face coverings on board all transit vehicles, inside all stations and facilities, and on train platforms and bus stops when distancing is not possible, per Gov. Phil Murphy’s Executive Order 165.
“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 and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Corbett in a prepared statement. “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.”
RapidMask2Go was founded in New York by David Edelman, who wanted to provide PPE in an accessible, inexpensive, on-the-go way. Prior to the Hoboken and Newark installations, he’d installed machines in New York, Philadelphia and on college campuses.
Sept. 4’s install kicked off an 11-station initiative, including the aforementioned New Jersey locations, to take place over the next few weeks.