Forgot your PPE? Mask vending machines are installed at Suburban Station

Face mask vending machine
Photo credit Courtesy of David Edelman
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Keys, wallet, phone — check. Face mask — whoops.

As commuters start to return to a semblance of their old routines, a New York company is making sure travelers always have access to the now-essential item.

“This is a convenient option. It's right in front of you. It's something you can see. It's a product that you can get on-demand,” he said. “New Yorkers especially appreciate that, and I think the people of Philadelphia will as well.”

As more places reopen and people return to work, there's a demand for PPE to go.

“A lot of times what was happening was people would leave the house and forget their masks,” he added. “The RapidMask2GO model satisfies that need when you're out in the world and you're in a pinch and you need that mask.”

The machines dispense KN95 masks as well as disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer. Edelman said the KN95 masks aren't medical-grade, but they are adequate for general use. 

The company is looking into expanding to other high-traffic Philadelphia locations.

The machines are being installed in the station Tuesday — just as SEPTA prepares to resume more Regional Rail schedules this week.