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COVID-19 Service Updates

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SEPTA is working closely with our employees, unions and public health officials to monitor and address issues associated with COVID-19. We are proactively implementing measures to protect the safety of our customers and our employees.

Right now, the best thing everyone can do is to stay home. We ask that you only ride if traveling to an essential job or services.

We also ask that you practice common sense hygiene including washing your hands (often) for 20 seconds using soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed or unsanitized hands; cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or handkerchief when you cough or sneeze; clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

Consistent with new CDC guidelines, we urge all SEPTA riders [headed to essential jobs or services] to wear masks 😷 or other facial coverings 🧣 to protect fellow riders and operators. 

Lifeline Service

New Lifeline Service goes into effect on Thursday, April 9, 2020 across all modes that focuses on providing access for essential workers traveling to hospitals, grocery stores and other life-sustaining services. Below is a summary of the changes:

MARKET-FRANKFORD LINE: Select stations will be closed (Church, Tioga, Somerset, York-Dauphin, 2nd Street, 5th Street, 13th Street, 63rd Street and Millbourne). Service will operate on a Saturday schedule 7 days a week, except between 1:00 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. when service is suspended.

Cashiers will not accept cash - please purchase a Quick Trip at a Station Fare Kiosks.


BROAD STREET LINE/BROAD-RIDGE SPURSelect stations will be closed (Tasker-Morris, Lombard-South, Spring Garden, Fairmount, Susquehanna-Dauphin, Wyoming, Logan and Chinatown). Service will operate on a Saturday schedule 7 days a week, except between 1:00 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. when service is suspended.

Cashiers will not accept cash - please purchase a Quick Trip at a Station Fare Kiosk.


BUSES: Service will be limited to approximately 60 core routes. SEPTA prioritized routes that provide access to essential services, as well as those with connections to the Broad Street, Market-Frankford Lines and Regional Rail.

Rear door boarding remains in effect with vehicle capacity limits to encourage social distancing.


REGIONAL RAIL: Service on six lines will be suspended and two others shortened.

No service on the Chestnut Hill East, Chestnut Hill West, Cynwyd, Manayunk/Norristown, West Trenton and Wilmington Newark Lines.

Service on two additional lines will be truncated:

- Paoli/Thorndale: Service will only operate between Center City and Malvern

- Lansdale/Doylestown: Service only operate between Center City and Lansdale

Airport Line service will be reduced from hourly trips to every two hours.


TROLLEYS: Select stations in Center City and West Philadelphia will be closed (13th Street, 19th Street, 33rd Street and 36th Street). The Route 34 is suspended. The Route 101 Trolley will continue to operate with bus service, and the Route 102 remains suspended. Service will operate on a Saturday schedule 7 days a week.


NORRISTOWN HIGH SPEED LINENo additional changes with this new schedule. Service will operate on a Saturday schedule 7 days a week.


Click here for access to a Map of SEPTA Service and Essential Businesses and Hospitals.

Consistent with new CDC guidelines, we urge all SEPTA riders [headed to essential jobs or services] to wear masks 😷 or other facial coverings 🧣 to protect fellow riders and operators. 

Lifeline Service Map

This map shows all transit routes in and around Philadelphia that are running – with routes that are not running faded into the background. Please note, the colors do not denote frequency, but are provided as a visual aid. Please check schedules before using a SEPTA service during this crisis.

SEPTA is continually evaluating how to meet the needs of essential workers and essential trips with its currently available healthy employees. In response to customer feedback and our available number of operators, SEPTA is reintroducing the 110 bus route effective Thursday, April 16.

The Route 110 serves major corridors along Township Line Road (US 1), Sproul Road (PA 320) and Baltimore Pike.  It includes access to the Walmart at Marple Crossroads Shopping Center, Harlee Manor nursing home, Springfield Hospital, Media Borough, and the Granite Run area, including a more direct route to Riddle Hospital from portions of central Delaware County.

Transit Updates

New Lifeline Service goes into effect on Thursday, April 9, 2020 across all modes that focuses on providing access for essential workers traveling to hospitals, grocery stores and other life-sustaining services. See above.


Rear/Center Door Boarding - Effective Wednesday, April 1

Effective Wednesday, April 1, 2020, SEPTA will institute rear/center door boarding on buses, trolleys, and the Norristown High Speed Line. All customers will be asked to board and exit from the rear doors. Front-door boarding will be reserved for riders with disabilities. Rear-door boarding is being implemented to further promote social distancing on-board vehicles. To maintain a safe distance between operators and passengers, SEPTA is suspending on-board fare payment. To ensure there will be sufficient space on-board vehicles for customers to practice social distancing, SEPTA will limit the number of riders per-vehicle on buses, trolleys and the NHSL:

40 Foot Bus - 20 Passengers

Trolley - 25 Passengers

Norristown High Speed Line - 30 Passengers

Operators will keep track of the number of people on-board each vehicle. If a vehicle reaches the maximum number of passengers, service will be limited to drop-offs until there is sufficient space to allow new riders to board.



Trolley Routes 101 & 102 Service Alert - Effective Wednesday, April 1

In an effort to maximize available resources, SEPTA will convert the Route 101 Trolley to bus service, and suspend the Route 102 Trolley.

Riders can find bus alternatives (Routes 109 and 113) to the Route 102 on SEPTA’s website at https://www.septa.org/index.html. These adjustments follow service changes over the last two weeks that are aimed at preserving vital public transportation while also trying to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“During the COVID-19 crisis, SEPTA will remain focused on providing transportation for essential workers, and for customers who need access to health care, grocery stores and other life-sustaining services,” said SEPTA General Manager Leslie S. Richards. “For everyone’s health and safety, we ask that all others refrain from using SEPTA until further notice.”


Overnight Market-Frankford & Broad Street Line Service Adjustments - Effective Monday, March 30

Starting Monday, March 30, 2020, SEPTA will suspend overnight service on the Market-Frankford and Broad Street Lines between 1am until 4:30am to give crews additional time for cleaning amid the COVID-19 crisis.

SEPTA has been running overnight service on both lines all week, and ridership during these hours has been very low. Starting Monday morning, SEPTA will utilize this window for additional cleaning of vehicles and stations. This time could also be used for maintenance or track work as needed.

Service on the Market-Frankford and Broad Street Lines, as well as all buses, trolleys and the Norristown High Speed Line, remains on a Saturday schedule, seven-days a week. For schedule details, please visit http://septa.org/notice/modified-saturday-schedules.html.

SEPTA would also like to remind customers that service changes for Regional Rail go into effect on Sunday, March 29, 2020. SEPTA will move to a new “Essential Service Schedule,” which provides limited service on all lines. For schedule details, please visit https://www.septa.org/service/rail/midday-schedule.html.

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.

SEPTA would like to stress to riders that it is maintaining service to move riders who work in essential jobs, and to allow residents to use the system to access life-sustaining services, such as hospitals, pharmacies and grocery stores. SEPTA has a new map posted to its website aimed at providing information travelers who need to get to these services. Please see the map at  http://www.septa.org/notice/essential-business-map.html


Saturday Schedules - Effective March 22

In an effort to maintain a safe environment for customers and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, SEPTA will reduce service levels for all Transit service, including buses, the Market-Frankford Line, Broad Street Line, Trolleys and Norristown High Speed Line, starting Sunday, March 22.

Transit schedules will be similar to what SEPTA runs on a typical Saturday, and also consistent with changes that were put into place earlier this week on Regional Rail.

With these adjustments, SEPTA will run all services on Saturday schedules – seven days a week – until further notice. This will include 24 hour train operations on the Market-Frankford and Broad Street Lines, which provide critical services for essential workers and those who need to access medical care.

Schedules with Saturday service information are available here.

SEPTA has worked closely with its union leadership to ensure that service is available for customers who work in essential jobs or who need access to essential services, while also balancing the need to keep customers and workers safe.

Even with services operating on a reduced schedule, customers and workers will be able to continue practicing social distancing.

Ridership has declined approximately 60% on Transit modes and 80% on Regional Rail due to the closures of offices and businesses.

SEPTA has added extra cleaning and disinfecting at stations and on vehicles in recent weeks.

In addition, some employees who would normally operate buses and trains will now be repositioned at transportation centers and transit loops to further enhance these cleaning efforts.

“I am extremely proud of the hard work and dedication our workforce has shown during this unprecedented crisis,” said SEPTA General Manager Leslie S. Richards. “Everyone is pulling in the same direction, and that gives me great hope that we will ultimately pull through this very trying time.”

In addition to the schedule changes, starting on Friday, March 20, SEPTA will temporarily close outlying Regional Rail station ticket windows and waiting rooms. As with the service changes, this is being done in accordance with the health recommendations for social distancing. Please note: These closures to outlying ticket offices will not impact service – Regional Rail trains will continue to operate on all lines throughout the service area.

Fares will continue to be available for purchase at the five Center City Ticket Offices and the SEPTA Key Fare Kiosks at these stations.

Until further notice, all cash fares paid on board trains for travel from an outlying station will be at the reduced Weekend/Evening rate.

SEPTA will continue working in close cooperation with state, city and local health agencies during the COVID-19 crisis.

Regional Rail Updates

New Lifeline Service goes into effect on Thursday, April 9, 2020 across all modes that focuses on providing access for essential workers traveling to hospitals, grocery stores and other life-sustaining services. See above.


Essential Service Schedule - Effective March 29

SEPTA will reduce Regional Rail to an “Essential Service Schedule” starting on Sunday, March 29, 2020.

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% 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% 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.

“We are pleading with our customers – if you don’t have to ride, please don’t,” said SEPTA General Manager Leslie S. 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.”

Regional Rail schedules effective on Sunday are posted on SEPTA’s website at https://www.septa.org/. Here is a summary of the changes:

• Service on most lines will run every two hours

• Airport Line service will run every hour

• Twelve of the 13 Regional Rail lines will operate seven days a week; Cynwyd Line service will operate Monday through Friday

For customers who need to travel during this crisis, SEPTA has created an interactive Essential Services Map. This interactive tool maps the locations of hospitals, grocery stores and other essential services, and shows the SEPTA services that connect to them.

During the COVID-19 crisis, SEPTA will streamline its social media communications on Twitter through the @SEPTAPHILLY account. Please follow and look for updates.

In addition, SEPTA will continue to post the latest information on the web and in announcements to the local news media.


Enhanced Saturday Service - Effective March 17

Following Governor Wolf's announcement on Monday, March 16, 2020 concerning the situation with COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, SEPTA will operate the Severe Weather Plan for Regional Rail beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

Regional Rail will operate on an ENHANCED SATURDAY SCHEDULE SERVICE LEVEL PLAN including added service for the Cynwyd Line and Wilmington/Newark service ending in Newark.

 Click your line below for the modified Saturday timetable:

Station/Facility Updates

New Lifeline Service goes into effect on Thursday, April 9, 2020 across all modes that focuses on providing access for essential workers traveling to hospitals, grocery stores and other life-sustaining services. See above.


Jefferson & Suburban Stations - Effective April 2

The only open entrance at JEFFERSON STATION is 10th & Filbert. The only open entrances at SUBURBAN STATION are 17th & JFK and 15th & Market. More info @ septa.org. Sorry for any inconvenience.


Jefferson & Suburban Stations - Effective March 30

To better streamline traffic in/out of Suburban and Jefferson Stations - select entrances will close at 9pm effective Monday, March 30, 2020. This will also give crews the opportunity to clean these areas.

Credit Policy For SEPTA Passes

Please review the Credit Policy for SEPTA Transportation Passes for detailed information.