With employee and customer health and safety a top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today began installation of social distancing decals that are strategically placed on the sides of trains and inside buses near operator and conductor cabs. The decals will identify to riders where crew members are stationed so that they can remain an appropriate distance from those locations.
“Protecting our colleagues is just as crucial as protecting our customers,” said Sarah Meyer, Chief Customer Officer of New York City Transit. “Similar to the decals found on our platforms, the purpose is to promote social distancing and ensure that our operators and conductors are safe on duty. So remember: wear a mask while riding, and always properly social distance.”
“I think this is great. It brings attention to the fact that our train crews are out here working on these trains and just like everybody else, they need social distancing,” said Eric Loegel, a train operator and vice president at TWU Local 100, at the scene of a decal installation today.
The b-roll video above shows today’s subway decal installation at the Corona Maintenance Facility in Corona, Queens.