NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT received more than 245,000 cloth masks that will be made available to customers thanks to a donation from the federal government. The masks were donated by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
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. Major terminals will maintain a limited supply of masks at customer service offices in the event customers forget or lose their masks.
“Federal and state health officials have declared that the challenges of distancing on mass transit make wearing face coverings to stop the spread of the virus absolutely essential. Wearing a proper face covering correctly, along with every day preventive actions, helps protect your fellow riders and our frontline employees, and their masks help protect you,” said NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin Corbett.
“It is reassuring that NJ TRANSIT remains committed to taking every available measure to protect its customers. Thanks to this donation by the federal government, NJ TRANSIT will be able to provide this important service,” said Senator Patrick Diegnan. “Wearing a mask is the best way for NJ TRANSIT to protect its customers during this public health emergency.”
In June, the Federal government announced that nearly 10 million cloth masks would be distributed to 458 transit agencies and Amtrak for customer use. The cloth masks are supplemental, and customers will be responsible to have their own facial coverings. Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 165 requires all staff & customers to wear face coverings on board all transit vehicles and inside all stations & facilities. Masks are also required on all outdoor train platforms & bus stops when distancing is not practicable. NJ TRANSIT requires all public-facing employees to wear face coverings at all times when performing their duties.