SEPTA will reduce Regional Rail to an "Essential Service Schedule" starting on Sunday, March 29. This follows previous Regional Rail schedule adjustments implemented last week aimed at providing essential service during the COVID-19 crisis. Service on Transit modes, including buses, subways and trolleys, will continue to operate on reduced Saturday schedules.
Based on sharp ridership reductions of 94 percent on Regional Rail this week, the Essential Service Schedule will allow SEPTA to continue to provide service for those who need to travel. It also allows SEPTA to follow stepped-up cleaning protocols aimed at providing a safe and healthy environment for customers and employees.
Regional Rail has been operating on a Saturday schedule for the last two weeks, and Transit services including subways, buses and trolleys moved to a similar level of service this week. Ridership is down significantly on all modes, however, the losses on Regional Rail have been larger than Transit. Transit ridership is down over 70 percent this week.
SEPTA will continue to closely monitor all services to try to ensure that there is enough space on-board vehicles for customers to practice social distancing.
Regional Rail schedules effective on Sunday are posted on the Regional Rail Service Plan for COVID-19 page on SEPTA's website, where schedules for each line are available for download.