MTA tests hand sanitizer dispensers at several subway stations across NYC

Hand sanitzer MTA
Photo credit NYC Transit System
By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — The MTA is testing hand sanitizer dispensers at several subway stations for possible use across the system.

Dispensers were added to the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center station in Brooklyn, Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue station in Queens, the Third Avenue-149th Street station in the Bronx and the Delancey Street-Essex Street station in lower Manhattan on Monday.

The devices are activated by a foot pedal will be evaluated at different places including station platforms and at entrances.

“Making hand sanitizer widely available is part of the Phase 1 reopening plan. Along with masks, and restoration of full service, the positioning of sanitizer dispensers where possible across the transit system is an important element of strategy designed to keep subway customers and employees safe," MTA Communications Director Tim Minton said.

Subway stations, trains, and buses are also being disinfected daily since March and will continue "until the pandemic ends," according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Technicians will monitor and refill the dispensers as city transit officials continue to coordinate service plans as the city gears up for Phase 1 of reopening on June 8.