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, 2020

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 on this page

Chart plotting mask compliance statistics on this page

Bus mask compliance

Survey Period

No. of observations

Mask worn correctly

Mask worn incorrectly

No mask

Total wearing a mask

11/2-11/13

62,793

90%

8%

2%

98%

10/5-10/16

60,773

88%

10%

2%

98%

9/7-9/18

57,168

86%

11%

3%

97%

8/10-8/21

57,437

83%

13%

4%

96%

7/13-7/24

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

10/19-10/30

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%

* Note: our mask compliance survey initially only recorded if passengers were wearing a mask or not.