LIRR launches PPE vending machines at Penn Station
The MTA Long Island Rail Road announced it has reconfigured vending machines at two locations in Penn Station to allow customers to purchase items of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Officials say customers will be able to buy KN95 masks, bottled hand sanitizer and gloves at the machines, which are each located on the 7th Avenue side near the LIRR waiting room and the 8th Avenue side by the exit concourse.
Free masks and hand sanitizer are still being distributed at stations and on trains for any rider in need.
The move is the latest in a series of measures the LIRR has taken to ensure customer and employee safety during the pandemic.
The LIRR has continued its cleaning regimen of disinfecting trains cars at least once a day and stations at least twice daily since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March.
"We're doing everything we can to make sure that our customers feel safe as we fight this ongoing pandemic, continuously building on our aggressive cleaning efforts and other measures," says Phillip Eng, president of Long Island Rail Road.
The products range from single use hand sanitizer for $0.75 to premium KN95 masks for $9.99.
In the coming weeks, customers can also find PPE vending machines at Atlantic Terminal, Hicksville and Ronkonkoma locations.