Vending machines typically have soda and snacks, and maybe a few amenities like lip balm or ibuprofen if it’s fancy. Now, however, PPE vending machines are popping up.
NJ Transit, the largest statewide public transportation system, is the latest to add PPE vending machines. The department announced a new pilot program for machines where riders can buy Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at Newark Penn Station and Hoboken Terminal. Options include face masks, hand sanitizer, sanitizer wipes and disposable gloves.
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As offices reopen and more workers start commuting again, transit authorities are trying to ensure that riders follow guidelines for masks. In the state of New Jersey, both riders and staffers are required to mask up in the stations and on public transportation. Face coverings are also required on platforms and bus stops.
Prices vary with the cheapest option being a single