SEPTA is cutting back on rides on the Regional Rail starting this Sunday.
Ridership has dropped a staggering 94 percent this week. The new schedule will allow people who truly need to use the train to get to their destinations. But SEPTA is asking for only those who really need public transit to use it.
“We are pleading with our customers – if you don’t have to ride, please don’t,” said SEPTA General Manager Leslie Richards. “We need to reserve space on our buses, trains and trolleys for those who need to get to essential jobs, or access life-sustaining services.”
This change is a further reduction from the adjustment made two weeks ago. Instead of operating on a Saturday schedule, service on most lines will run every two hours. The Airport Line will run once an hour.
Almost all of the rail lines will run everyday. The only exception is the Cynwyd Line, which will operate Monday through Friday.
Though there will be less trains overall, SEPTA will still monitor to make sure social distancing is a priority.
As a silver lining, the reduction in trips makes it easier for cleaning crews to sanitize all lines. SEPTA has stepped up its efforts the past few weeks to make taking public transit as safe as possible.
Additionally, SEPTA has created a map of essential services available here. Riders can plan out their trip around hospitals, grocery stores, and other key locations.
More information on the schedule adjustment is available here. SEPTA states it will continue to update the public through local news outlets and social media.