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Hand sanitizer dispensers built by NYC Transit appear in subway stations

Posted at 11:25 PM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 16:41:10-04

NEW YORK — MTA officials have been telling riders to wear masks and maintain some distance while crews have worked from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. each day to make sure all trains are disinfected.

There’s a lot happening behind the scenes and PIX11 News got an inside look at the Bedford Avenue Maintenance shop.

Plumbers, masons, welders and carpenters are ready to respond to problems and issues.

For 18 years, Cordell Etienne has worked with NYC Transit. His bosses wanted to design and build in-house sanitizer dispensers in order to get them installed efficiently and quickly.

He created the yellow sanitizer that now hangs in stations around the system. His colleagues have built about 500 by hand.

“It’s nice to see it out there. Family and friends see it. I feel good about it,” he said.

It starts with a piece of plywood and it’s estimated to cost about $50. They chose the design because it allowed for ease of operation.

The plan is to have one in every station. Riders may not be able to access it during every trip.

The MTA is also testing vending machines from private companies that sell N95 masks.

Other masks are supposed to be available for free at station booths.