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MTA to step up COVID-19 screening for transit-rail workers

Shown: MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick Foye being tested for COVID-19 during the launch of the agency's screening program.
Photo – MTA Flickr/Marc Hermann


The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) yesterday announced it will begin a new COVID-19 screening program for its front-line employees in New York City. 

The MTA will offer free, voluntary COVID-19 testing to front-line New York City Transit, Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad employees through November, MTA officials said in a press release.

The program complements free testing already available through the Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care in the New York City region.

Under the new program's initial phase, up to 2,000 front-line MTA employees will be screened per week.

The program will provide on-site testing at rotating field locations, including at subway and rail yards, and scheduled testing at medical assessment centers, occupational health services facilities and Northwell Health-GoHealth urgent care centers.

"This is exactly the type of screening program we have been asking for and it's a huge step forward in terms of protecting TWU Local 100 members from a possible second wave," said TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano . "We will closely monitor its implementation, but we're grateful our requests for testing and screening on such a scale have been heard."

The MTA is working with BioReference Laboratories and Quest Diagnostics to perform testing. 

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