VIDEO: MTA receives shipment of over 1M PPE for frontline workers

Kimberly Dole
April 17, 2020 - 7:18 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The MTA on Friday received a second shipment of over personal protective equipment.

    Over one million new masks and 50,000 pairs of new gloves were sent to protect frontline workers across New York City Transit, MTA Bus Company, Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad, Bridges and Tunnels, Construction & Development and MTA PD.

    “We are relentless when it comes to securing and obtaining personal protective equipment for our employees, including masks and gloves to keep these heroes safe while they work to get doctors, nurses, police, transit colleagues and other essential workers to their jobs,” said Patrick J. Foye, MTA Chairman and CEO. “It’s no small feat to supply the largest transportation agency in North America, with 71,000 employees, in the middle of a worldwide shortage. We are laser-focused on making sure our employees are safe during the COVID-19 pandemic – heroes moving heroes deserve no less.”

    Earlier this week, the MTA received a shipment containing 750,000 new surgical masks, 360,000 new KN95 masks and 50,000 pairs of new gloves.

    Since March, the MTA has distributed over 90,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, 750,000 sanitizing wipes and 75,000 gallons of cleaning solution to its workers.

    On March 24, the MTA launched the “Temperature Brigade,” testing thousands of transit employees.

    Temperatures will also be checked and the MTA is also installing plexiglass barriers at work locations across all 28 bus depots and in 45 subway locations to further protect its employees.