“Masks up or pay up” – that is the message from the MTA for individuals utilizing mass transit.

The MTA is cracking down on what it believes is a rising problem – individuals not sporting masks on public transportation.

In a information convention Wednesday morning, the MTA introduced that commuters should put on a masks in any respect public transportation stations and features. Those that don’t might face a $50 effective.

This requirement has been in impact since Sept. 14, 2020. Now, MTA officers shall be out stepping up the enforcement and ensuring individuals are complying with the rule, stating that it’s a federal requirement on trains, buses and paratransit automobiles.

Up till this level, they are saying most individuals have complied and that intensive enforcement hasn’t been vital. In reality, officers say MTA law enforcement officials have had greater than 88,000 optimistic encounters with commuters.

In preparation for ramped up enforcement, MTA employees have been handing out masks to riders for the previous two weeks. When you do see somebody utilizing public transportation and never sporting a masks, MTA police say don’t confront them.

“Riders shouldn’t get into confrontations with different riders” says Patrick Warren, MTA chief security and safety officer. “That is one thing for the police and different safety forces to do.”

As a substitute, it is suggested to report it on-line or to an NYPD officer or sales space clerk. Free masks shall be obtainable at subway station cubicles and on board commuter railroad trains.