The Coronavirus pandemic made the entire world screech to a halt, and Pennsylvania has been no different. Non-essential businesses, sit-down restaurants, and schools have been shut down since March, while SEPTA transit has been under extreme restrictions as a means to contain the worst of the virus. As the curve has gradually started to flatten, along with pressure from small businesses and the general public to reopen, SEPTA resumed normal schedules for bus, trolley, and subway lines this week.
On Monday, SEPTA announced that buses, trolleys, and subways would be operating on regular schedules, but people can expect things to look different than what they remember before the virus hit. For 40-foot buses, there will be a limit of 20 passengers, 30 passengers per articulated buses, 25 passengers per trolley, and 30 passengers for NHSL train. SEPTA is also strongly recommending customers to wear a face mask or cover their faces as they resume riding transit. In addition, SEPTA has installed shields as a means to protect drivers, and marked off seats to enforce social distancing.
While certain SEPTA transit is resuming normal schedules, regional rail lines will continue to run on the lifeline schedule for at least an additional three weeks.
As the state starts to reopen, remember to be safe and practice safe social distancing! For more information on new changes, be sure to visit the official Twitter Page or the SEPTA website.