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In a big win for the unions that represent city subway and bus workers and those employed by the commuter rail lines, transit riders who fail to comply with the state’s mask requirement are now subject to a $50 fine as of Sept. 14. The penalty for noncompliance covers the city bus and subways systems as well as Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road. The mask mandate was instituted by Mr. Cuomo back in April; enforcement will be the responsibility of the NYPD, the MTA Police Department, and MTA Bridge and Tunnel officers.
“Labor Day has come and gone. The volume is up,” Mr. Cuomo told reporters. “And I’ve asked the MTA to come up with an enforcement regimen so people know that not only are the cars clean and the stations clean, but riders will be acting appropriately.”
“This is an important step towards making the bus and subway system safer, and we are grateful that the Governor heard us on this issue,” Local 100 President Tony Utano said in a statement. “This is good news for both transit workers and riders. Anyone who doesn’t wear a mask, or some other face-covering, puts everyone at risk. We recognize that a fine could be a hardship for some. You know what’s harder? Going to a funeral because someone didn’t wear a mask on a bus or train.”