Public transit riders being fined $50 for not wearing masks
AmNews Staff Reports | 9/13/2020, 7:29 p.m.
Not wearing a mask on public transit could cost you.
The MTA announced this week that all customers who refuse to wear a mask on public
transit will be subject to a $50 fine. The new measure follows Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive
order directing the MTA to develop a plan to bolster mask compliance across public transit.
MTA officials reiterated that the rule is to ensure that customers are adhering to the best
possible public health practices and to further improve upon current rates of mask usage, which
are already above 90% across New York City Transit subways and buses, the Long
Island Rail Road and Metro-North.
In July, the MTA also launched a pilot program adding free surgical mask dispensers in
buses to further protect customers while on board. Currently more than 360 buses across 15
routes are equipped with free mask dispensers.