Vending Machines Give Customers Easy Access to PPE as an Additional Safety Measure to Slow The Spread Of COVID-19

September 4, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — As an additional measure to protect customers and employees from the spread of COVID-19, NJ TRANSIT is introducing vending machines on a pilot basis to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as face masks, hand sanitizer, sanitized wipes and disposable gloves at Newark Penn Station and Hoboken Terminal.  The machines will also be installed at other select stations over the coming weeks.


“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 & CEO Kevin Corbett. “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.

Today, one PPE vending machine will be installed at Newark Penn Station and one machine will be installed at Hoboken Terminal. Face masks will be sold in several configurations, with a single 3-ply disposable costing $1 and a 10-pack of KN95 masks selling for $25. Reusable fashion masks will also be sold. Machines will accept cash or credit cards. The PPE machines are managed and stocked by a third-party vendor. They will be at the stations until the end of the year.

In the coming weeks, more PPE machines will be installed at Summit Station, Secaucus Junction, Metropark, Trenton Transit Center and New Brunswick Station. They will be stocked with the same PPE options and also remain through the end of the year.

Governor Phil Murphy’s Executive Order 165 requires all staff and customers to wear face coverings on board all transit vehicles and inside all stations and facilities. Masks are also required on train platforms and bus stops when distancing is not possible. Eating and drinking are strictly prohibited on all transit vehicles.

Customers are reminded that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over.  All customers on NJ TRANSIT vehicles are strongly advised to continue utilizing safe practices including:

  • Stay home if you feel sick
  • Be cognizant of distancing
  • Wash your hands
  • Stay safe


NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 925,000 weekday trips on 253 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines and through Access Link paratransit service. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 166 rail stations, 62 light rail stations and more than 19,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.

This document and others are available for translation on njtransit.com.