MTA offers free COVID-19 tests at select New York subway stations this week


Press conference at the Grand Avenue depot on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 to announce the launch of the voluntary COVID-19 screening program for MTA employees in the field. State Senator Tim Kennedy. (Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit)

The MTA launched its free COVID-19 testing program Monday morning at Grand Central Terminal and the Times Square-42nd Street subway station, in hopes of helping the city fight the continuing rise in virus cases. related to the Omicron variant.

Free PCR testing is available daily (except New Years Day, January 1), seven days a week, at Times Square Station 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Grand Central Terminal from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

From this Thursday, December 30, the MTA will also offer free COVID-19 tests at five additional metro stations:

  • Penn Station (Manhattan), open Monday to Sunday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Broadway Junction (Brooklyn), open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • East 180th Street (Bronx), open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Roosevelt Avenue (Queens), open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Jamaica-179th Street (Queens), open Monday to Friday 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“The recent wave of COVID means we need to maximize the number of test sites, including in the transit system,” said MTA Chairman and Acting CEO Janno Lieber. “Thanks to Governor Hochul, all government agencies are joining forces to ensure that New Yorkers can get a vaccine, booster or test quickly and easily. “

As noted, the program mirrors the contextual immunization program the state launched in the subway system in May of this year, providing more than 37,000 New Yorkers with COVID-19 vaccines.

As of Monday morning, pop-up vaccination sites at Times Square and Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue stations began offering COVID-19 booster shots. For more information visit


Comments are closed.