Gov. Murphy lifts capacity limits on NJ Transit buses, trains

Governor Phil Murphy holds a coronavirus briefing in Newark .
Photo credit Edwin J. Torres/NJ Governor's Office
By KYW Newsradio 1060

At his regular coronavirus briefing Monday, Murphy said he was signing an executive order allowing NJ Transit to run at full capacity. He said the move would likely help during rush hours, but he didn't expect vehicles to fill up right away.

"Our ridership on NJ Transit, particularly on the rail side, is still down by 80-something percent. So by raising the capacities today I don't want folks to think we are snapping back to business as usual," Murphy said.

The governor emphasized that facemasks are still required.

"We expect social distancing and face coverings inside of buses and rail cars, period," Murphy said.

The governor said while New Jersey's virus transmission rate has dropped below 1.0 to 0.91, the state remains in Stage Two of COVID-19 restrictions. Part of the reason, Murphy said, was because the virus is raging in other U.S. states.​