Free Employee On-Site COVID-19 Testing

MTA employees have access to free, voluntary on-site COVID-19 testing at several MTA workplace locations.

As part of MTA’s COVID response protocols, this on-site screening effort serves as an additional precautionary measure designed to monitor the health of essential employees, help stop the spread of the virus and maintain a safe work environment.

Tests will take approximately 5 minutes. Results will be available between 24-48 hours later under normal circumstances. Screening is voluntary, but highly recommended. All tests will be anonymous.

Help keep yourself, your colleagues, and your city safe. 

How the program will work 

The voluntary program began with essential workers at select Medical Assessment Centers (MACs), Occupational Health Services (OHS) facilities, bus depots, and railyards. The program expanded to other agencies and locations during the following weeks.

The office of Occupational Health Services (OHS) administers the screening program and offers tests to essential employees each week before their shift, but it can happen at any time during the workday. The screening should take about five minutes and will not interrupt the workday. 

All MTA employees also qualify for a free COVID-19 test by visiting your own physician or at any of the 52 Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care centers located throughout the New York region. 

If you are sick or symptomatic, stay home. Do not come to work.

Testing information can also be found at the New York State Department of Health, or by calling the New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-2065. 

Receiving test results 

You will only be notified if you test positive. All positive results will be reported to New York City and New York State as required by law.

If you test negative or want to check your results yourself:

  • For Quest Diagnostics: Visit the Quest website and select Register Now. Enter your registration key (NYMTA), then follow prompts to create a username and password. Results will appear under the Results section of the dashboard. You can also call Quest at 1-855-332-2533.
  • For MACs and OHS facilities: Visit the BioReference Labs portal. Select the Patient Portal button and complete the registration process. You can also email the lab at, or call 1-888-279-0967.

We will post the percentage of workers being tested and the percentage of those who test positive on a weekly basis.  

For more information about the program 

If you have any questions, check the FAQs on the main MTA Resource Center page. If you can't find what you're looking for there, call the COVID-19 Hotline at 646-252-1010, or speak with your manager.