Face coverings are required in all Port Authority facilities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 among the traveling public. To support this important public health effort, agency staff distributed masks to passengers at the Midtown Bus Terminal, the George Washington Bridge Bus Station, and in key PATH stations on several days in recent weeks.
Altogether, employees have distributed close to 170,000 cloth masks to passengers during four rush-hour surges. The vast majority of passengers accepting masks were already wearing masks of their own, indicative of the greater than 90% compliance that has been observed throughout the Port Authority’s mass transit facilities. Additional mask giveaways are being planned for the coming weeks at Port Authority facilities to continue to promote the importance of wearing face coverings while in public and on mass transit.
The masks were provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation, via the Federal Emergency.