SEPTA emphasizes new rules as full city service returns

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As SEPTA resumes a regular service schedule for city transit this week, the agency wants to make sure everyone is clear with the new rules.

As previously announced, buses, trolleys and the Norristown High Speed Line will enforce social distancing.

"SEPTA will be marking off seats as unavailable to discourage close contact," announced SEPTA General Manager Leslie Richards Friday. SEPTA will also mark yellow lines on vehicles 6 feet from operators, and drivers will have protective shields.

This is in addition to already announced limits on vehicle capacity.

Richards also said riders should load up their SETPA Key cards once again because fare collection will return. She hopes that measure will reduce the number of riders, particularly the region's vulnerable population.

"Requiring fare payment will decrease the number of people taking shelter on our system," she said.

Maintenance crews work daily to sanitize stations and vehicles.

Richards says SEPTA is doing its best to serve essential workers who need their service, but absenteeism continues to be a problem for employees. To that effect, she asked riders to respect operators by wearing masks or face coverings, on top of the new safety regulations.

"If you care about our employees, if you care about the people who are driving your buses, your subways, your trolleys, your trains, wear a mask," she advised. "The best way you can thank them is by wearing a mask."

Due to continued low ridership, Regional Rail service will remain on a limited schedule. A re-evaluation is set for June 1.