Metrolinx launches new vending machines dispensing face coverings and other safety products

Customers will be able to purchase items from vending machines at select GO and UP stations.

Running low on hand sanitizer as you head to GO or UP Express?

There’s a vending machine for that – and more.

Metrolinx has introduced new safety vending machines that dispense personal protective equipment, like face coverings and disposable gloves, to help keep travellers safe throughout their journey. The first two machines are located at Oakville GO Station and Union UP Express Station in the SkyWalk.

A vending machine sits along the pathway to UP Express.
Products of the times – A new vending machine awaits customers near the UP Express platform at Union Station. (Anne Marie Aikins photo)

They’re part of Metrolinx’s ‘Safety Never Stops’ program.

Customers can purchase several different products. There are disposable face coverings and reusable face coverings (for adults and kids), disposable gloves, hand sanitizers and touchless keychains, which means you don’t have to touch an elevator button ever again. These personal protective equipment vending machines also offer organic hypo-allergenic face coverings with a band to wear around the neck.

If you’re wondering about the pricing of these items, a ten pack of disposable face coverings will cost you $9.99, a travel size hand sanitizer bottle $3.49 and the touchless keychain goes for $6.99.

Image shows the front on the vending machine.
Face to face. A look at the new vending machines. (Matt Llewellyn photo)

All of the items within the vending machines are individually wrapped.

Customers can purchase the products through cashless payment options, including credit, debit, and mobile wallets.

Image shows a vending machine in a station lobby.
A vending machine now in service at Oakville GO station. (Matt Llewellyn photo)

These vending machines are being rolled out as a part of a pilot, and Metrolinx expects to introduce them at additional stations in the coming months.

Part of a larger level of safety.

Metrolinx has implemented more than 40 measures to help keep customers and staff safe.

This includes installing seat dividers on GO trains and buses and providing hand sanitizer dispensers on every GO bus and at every GO Transit and UP Express station. Metrolinx has also introduced health and safety kiosks at several GO stations to provide safety tools and information. Read more about safety measures here.

Face coverings are mandatory when travelling on GO and UP Express – and they are the best way to help stop the spread of germs.  So, if you see one of the new vending machines, you can add more face coverings to your ever-growing collection.

Story by Brandon Bernard, Metrolinx Communications Planning senior advisor