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Starting July 6, New Jersey Transit will operate a full weekday rail schedule to increase capacity to allow for physical distancing between riders on trains as ridership ticks up during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A state executive order requires the agency to limit rider occupancy to 50 percent of the stated maximum vehicle capacity on all trains and light-rail vehicles. Riders are also required to wear masks.
NJ Transit is monitoring compliance with the capacity restrictions and will adjust those limits if necessary, NJ Transit officials said in a press release.
“We’re pleased to announce the full restoration of our rail and light service. We’re doing it proactively while ridership is still only at approximately 20 percent of pre-COVID-19 levels,” said NJ Transit President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Corbett.
In the Philadelphia region, Port Authority Transit Corp. (PATCO) on June 29 will increase the frequency of weekday rush hour service with trains departing every 10 minutes instead of 15 minutes
PATCO’s ridership has increased to 18 percent of normal levels, up from 12 percent in early June and 8 percent from the start of the pandemic, agency officials said in a press release.
Meanwhile, Trinity Metro today began requiring its riders and employees to wear face masks while on board TEXRail commuter trains in Tarrant County, Texas.