Note to Rail, Bus Customers: We’ve Got You Covered

By Scott Ladd, Media Relations Staff

Customers using PATH, the Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT) and the George Washington Bridge Bus Station are required to wear face coverings. And, while the vast majority of riders are indeed masking up, the Port Authority is again offering a helping hand when the need arises.

Starting today, PATH is launching the second round of its mask reinforcement and distribution program at Journal Square and will host similar mask giveaways at JSQ and the World Trade Center on September 10 and 17, respectively. The PABT and GWB station are scheduled to distribute face coverings once a week during the afternoon rush through the end of September, beginning next Thursday.

PATH’s Linda Doss provides face coverings to a JSQ customer

“Safety is our top priority,” said PATH GM Clarelle DeGraffe. “If we can help protect our customers and our staff, in addition to continuing to strongly encourage our riders to mask up themselves, we’re going to do it.”

Mask distribution is part of the Port Authority’s comprehensive strategy to protect and educate the traveling public and agency employees, while maintaining reliable service with a minimum of disruption during COVID-19. The agency has also implemented aggressive sanitizing and cleaning protocols at all facilities to ensure customer and staff safety.

Across all PA facilities, safety measures are publicized through a network of public signage, as well as digital and other messaging methods. Port Authority police are on hand to advise riders, reinforce agency policy, and provide masks when needed. The agency is following directives from the governors of New York and New Jersey on protocols to prevent and contain the spread of the virus.

PABT staff handing out masks in July

The remaining scheduled distribution dates are:

Assistant PATH Station Manager Rhonda Hendy and masking messages


Thursday, September 10 – 6:30 – 8:30 a.m., Journal Square Station

Thursday, September 17 – 4:30-6:30 p.m., World Trade Center Station

PABT/GWB Bus Station

Thursday, September 10 – 3-6 p.m.

Tuesday, September 15 – 3-6 p.m.

Wednesday September 23 – 3-6 p.m.

Tuesday, September 29 – 3-6 p.m.

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