Beginning the week of May 4, COVID-19 testing will be available daily in East Rutherford, N.J., to all NJ Transit employees. Through an agreement with Agile Urgent Care and Accurate Diagnostics Lab, NJ Transit employees will be accepted for appointment-only testing at the site, which opened on April 13 and is currently geared toward first responders and front line healthcare workers.
Online registration access for NJ Transit employees will be available beginning on May 3. NJ Transit is also working to expand access to similar testing sites in central and south Jersey.
This expansion of testing advances Principle 2 of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s “The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health.” With support from the Governor and working with SMART-TD Local 60 President Jerome Johnson and Amalgamated Transit Union New Jersey State Council President Orlando Riley, NJ Transit said it hopes the ability to facilitate access to testing for employees will lead to quicker identification of cases, quicker treatment for those testing positive, and immediate isolation to prevent spread.
“There has been no higher priority at NJ Transit than the health and safety of our incredibly dedicated employees,” said NJ Transit President and CEO Kevin Corbett. “Providing access to a dedicated COVID-19 testing site is just another layer of protection we’re adding to the many proactive measures we’ve taken since the onset of this pandemic. Our employees have continued to operate on the front lines of this crisis in order to keep essential personnel moving through the region, and we’re pleased to be able to facilitate access to testing that will ultimately lead to quicker treatment and slowing the spread of the virus.”
“The men and women of NJ Transit have been an essential part of our front line COVID-19 response efforts,” said Murphy. “With increased access to testing, we can ensure the health and safety of NJ Transit’s workforce and build public confidence in our mass-transit system, as our economy begins to reopen in the weeks ahead.”