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COVID NYC Update: Transit Agencies Collaborate to Create ‘Power of Masks’

New York City (WABC) – Transportation agencies in the region are collaborating to encourage passengers to wear face coverings.

The MTA participates with the Port Authority, NJ Transit, Amtrak and SEPTA in the joint effort.

The agencies are building a regional “mask force” to get more mask compliance and reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading to riders and workers.

“Together we can keep the New York / New Jersey area safe with the rise in coronavirus cases across the country,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick J. Foy. “Our agencies, individually and collectively, do everything in their power to protect public health. It is vitally important that every passenger in mass transit plays their part or role.”

More than 650 people have volunteered for MTA Mask Force since its inception.

A recent survey found that stealth compliance on MTA subways and buses exceeds 95%.

The Maritime Transport Authority said its police issued 10 summons to refuse to wear the mask, while Port Authority police issued five summons.

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