PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Keys, wallet, phone — check. Face mask — whoops.
As commuters start to return to a semblance of their old routines, a New York company is making sure travelers always have access to the now-essential item.
If you left your face covering at home or on the train, just pop $3 into a RapidMask2GO vending machine — four are now being installed in Suburban Station — and you’ll get an individually-wrapped mask.
Company founder David Edelman said the first machine was installed in New York’s Lower East Side two months ago.
“This is a convenient option. It’s right in front of you. It’s something you can see. It’s a product that you can get on-demand,” he said. “New Yorkers especially appreciate that, and I think the people of Philadelphia will as well.”
As more places reopen and people return to work, there’s a demand for PPE-to-go.
“A lot of times what was happening was people would leave the house and forget their masks,” he added. “The RapidMask2GO model satisfies that need when you’re out in the world and you’re in a pinch and you need that mask.”
The machines dispense KN95 masks as well as disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer. Edelman said the KN95 masks aren’t medical-grade, but they are adequate for general use.
The company is looking into expanding to other high-traffic Philadelphia locations.
The machines are being installed in the station Tuesday — just as SEPTA prepares to resume more Regional Rail schedules this week.