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Subway and bus mask compliance statistics

We are providing more frequently updated data and statistics on different aspects of our transit system. This page provides recent subway and bus mask compliance statistics from our ongoing surveys.

Updated November 18, 2021

The safety of our customers and our workforce is our top priority. We are hopeful that increased transparency about the rate of mask compliance on our subway and bus systems will provide both reassurance and a measure to show how by all working together, we can improve mask compliance further to keep everyone safe.

Subway and bus mask compliance is measured in two-week alternating cycles. Results are based on observations of passengers between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. The subway survey estimates mask usage rates from a representative systemwide statistical sample, and the bus survey provides mask usage rates from observations at the 15 busiest bus stops per borough. We plan to update the page bi-weekly when the results of each cycle are available.

 

Chart plotting mask compliance statistics given on this page

Bus mask compliance

Survey Period

No. of observations

Mask worn correctly

Mask worn incorrectly

No mask

Total wearing a mask

11/1-11/12

46,632

80%

14%

6%

94%

10/4-10/15

38,063

78%

16%

6%

94%

9/7-9/17

51,633

81%

14%

6%

94%

8/9-8/20

38,462

79%

14%

7%

93%

7/12-7/23

43,815

77%

15%

8%

92%

6/14-6/25

50,756

84%

12%

4%

96%

5/17-5/28

31,970

89%

9%

2%

98%

4/19-4/30

53,978

91%

8%

1%

99%

3/22-4/2

96,800

92%

7%

1%

99%

2/22-3/5

103,852

93%

6%

1%

99%

1/25-2/12*

66,673

92%

7%

1%

99%

1/4-1/8

64,620

92%

7%

1%

99%

11/30-12/11/20

76,780

92%

7%

1%

99%

11/2-11/13/20

62,793

90%

8%

2%

98%

10/5-10/16/20

60,773

88%

10%

2%

98%

9/7-9/18/20

57,649

86%

11%

3%

97%

8/10-8/21/20

57,437

83%

13%

4%

96%

7/13-7/24/20**

47,945

N/A

N/A

4%

96%

Subway mask compliance

Survey Period

No. of observations

Mask worn correctly

Mask worn incorrectly

No mask

Total wearing a mask

10/18-10/29

170,073

77%

13%

10%

90%

9/20-10/1

173,715

77%

13%

10%

90%

8/23-9/3

133,027

74%

13%

13%

87%

7/26-8/6

118,824

72%

14%

14%

86%

6/28-7/9

160,624

71%

15%

14%

86%

6/1-6/11

154,036

83%

12%

5%

95%

5/3-5/14

142,489

88%

9%

2%

98%

4/5-4/16

129,952

90%

8%

2%

98%

3/8-3/19

65,905

88%

10%

2%

98%

2/1-2/19*

108,920

88%

9%

2%

98%

1/11-1/22

111,785

87%

10%

3%

97%

12/14-12/18

65,845

88%

9%

3%

97%

11/16-11/20

98,420

86%

11%

3%

97%

10/19-10/30

75,999

82%

14%

4%

96%

9/21-10/2

93,221

80%

14%

5%

95%

8/24-9/4

41,993

73%

18%

9%

91%

7/27-8/7

18,077

66%

22%

13%

87%

6/15-7/9**

124,345

N/A

N/A

9%

91%

Notes:

* Due to winter weather conditions impacting surveying, this sample cycle spans three weeks.

** Our mask compliance survey initially only recorded if passengers were wearing a mask or not.