PHOTOS: PPE vending machines installed at LIRR's Penn Station

Kimberly Dole
August 13, 2020 - 2:31 pm



NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The MTA on Thursday announced vending machines were placed at two locations in Penn Station to allow customers to purchase PPE items.

The machines are located on the 7th Avenue side near the LIRR waiting room and on the 8th Avenue side by the exit concourse.

Customers will be able to buy KN95 masks, bottled hand sanitizer, and gloves.


Free masks and hand sanitizer are still being distributed at stations and on trains.

To date, the MTA has distributed 2.2 million masks to customers on subways, buses, and railroads along with 750,000 bottles of hand sanitizer. Masks are also stored on all trains in the event a person boards without one.

"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," Phillip Eng, President of Long Island Rail Road said.


"These PPE vending machines are another way to assist our riders who may have lost or forgotten their masks. By wearing masks, and using our LIRR TrainTime app, that lets them know where they can find more space on a train, customers can be armed with the protection and information they need for a safe ride," he added.

The products range from single-use hand sanitizer for $0.75 to premium KN95 masks for $9.99.

PPE vending machines will be installed at the following Long Island Rail Road locations in the upcoming weeks: 

Atlantic Terminal



Earlier this week, the Metro-North Railroad installed PPE vending machines at 12 stations throughout the system.