CHICAGO — The CTA will soon install six vending machines stocked with masks, hand sanitizer and more at stations across the city.
The machines, approved at Wednesday’s transit board meeting, will be installed at the Belmont, Roosevelt and 79th Street Red Line stations; the Midway Orange Line station; the Jefferson Park Blue Line station and the Kedzie Green Line station.
Each will carry hand sanitizer, disposable face masks, sanitizing wipes and disposable gloves, with the items ranging in price from $3.75-$10, according to the agency.
“We understand the need for our customers to have a safe experience during their commutes,” CTA President Dorval Carter Jr. said in a statement. “The addition of these new vending machines is a reflection of our unwavering commitment to seek out tools and resources to help reassure our customers that we are doing everything we can to keep customers healthy during this ongoing pandemic.”
The CTA has distributed more than 14,000 free kits to customers containing a reusable cloth mask, hand sanitizer and healthy travel tips. More distribution events are planned for later this year.
Canteen, the current vendor for CTA’s food vending machines, will install and operate the machines. The company currently has similar machines in New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority stations.
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