The company reconfigured merchandising machines at 12 stations all through the system to permit prospects to buy gadgets of, reminiscent of KN95 masks, bottled hand sanitizer, and gloves.
MTA’s Metro-North Railroad has reconfigured merchandising machines at 12 stations all through the system to permit prospects to buy gadgets of non-public protecting gear (PPE), reminiscent of KN95 masks, bottled hand sanitizer, and gloves. Free masks and hand sanitizer are nonetheless being distributed at stations and on trains for any rider that wants.
The transfer is the newest in a collection of measures Metro-North has taken to make sure buyer and worker security in the course of the pandemic. Metro-North Railroad continues with its most aggressive cleansing routine within the company’s historical past by every day disinfecting and cleansing trains vehicles no less than as soon as a day and stations no less than twice every day. Because the begin of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, Metro-North stations have been cleaned greater than 30,500 occasions and trains vehicles greater than 50,600 occasions. Metro-North has put in touchless hand sanitizer dispensers at stations for patrons and workers to entry. Masks are additionally saved on all trains within the occasion an individual boards with out one.
The merchandising machines are stocked by Canteen, a division of the Compass Group USA, and have been constructed by Vengo, a producer of retail merchandising machines. The merchandise vary from single use hand sanitizer for $zero.75 to premium KN95 masks for $9.99.
Metro-North Railroad is working with Canteen to determine extra areas so as to add extra merchandising machines at stations quickly, together with Metro-North’s West of Hudson stations.
The launch follows an announcement made on June 30 that the MTA is deploying a dozen merchandising machines at 10 subway stations as a part of a pilot program permitting prospects to purchase PPE, together with reusable face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes.