Face Mask Vending Machines Coming To BART

Margie Shafer
May 29, 2020 - 8:10 am

    Face mask vending machines are coming soon to a BART station near you.

    BART wants to make sure that all riders are able to use the system safely. 

    "If you’re in the BART system, it’s a given that you have to have your face mask on," BART General Manager Bob Powers told KCBS Radio.

    All riders are required to wear masks on trains and platforms.

    "We want to be able to put some vending machines in stations just in case you forgot your mask at home," BART Spokesperson Alicia Trost said. The agency is working to procure face mask vending machines.

    The machines have been spotted in parts of Asia and Europe and at the Las Vegas and Denver airports.

    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 08: A Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) passenger rides in an empty train car on April 08, 2020 in San Francisco, California.
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    "We also want people to know we have extra masks at the downtown San Francisco stations at the agent booths," Trost said. "And the every (BART) police officer has five extra masks that they can provide. Really, we are thinking long term now. That’s where the vending machines come up. We may not always be able to hand out free masks so lets make sure we have something at the station that’s affordable."

    BART officials say the mask requirement will likely be in effect for a long time, and they are working with other transit agencies to ensure that rules are consistent for riders.

    BART’s current ridership is about 10% of what it was in mid-March.