SEPTA will be completely suspending several lines on the Regional Rail, including the West Trenton line, in response to the coronavirus.
The West Trenton Line goes through Yardley, Woodbourne, Langhorne, Neshaminy, Trevose, and ends at Temple University. But it has been suspended indefinitely.
It’s part of a larger change as SEPTA is launching its Lifeline Services Schedule this Thursday due to workforce shortages. Three employees have passed away from COVID-19 and others are sicks.
To protect its workers, SEPTA is issuing masks to all employees. The authority is also requesting all riders to wear masks in accordance with CDC guidelines.
SEPTA General Manager Leslie Richards says the situation is similar to what other mass transit systems are seeing throughout the country.
“Our SEPTA employees have been incredible in ensuring we maintain essential service to provide access to hospitals, grocery stores and other life-sustaining services,” said SEPTA Richards.
Many stations on the Broad Street and Market-Frankford line will be closed. Half of all Trolley stations in Philadelphia will close. More information is front and center on the SEPTA website here.
For any trains and buses still operating, they will make fewer stops at essential locations only. This includes hospitals and grocery stores.
Additionally, SEPTA is lamenting a lack of compliance with its new rules for traveling only when necessary.
“If you are not traveling to an essential job or for urgent personal business like a medical appointment, you need to stay home and help us preserve service and space for those who need it most,” Richards said. “Unfortunately, too many people are not cooperating with this request, and they are putting the health and lives of our essential customers and employees at risk.”
In response, SEPTA police will “engage” customers to make sure they are using services for life-sustaining purposes only.
Riders who must use the train but no longer have access to the West Trenton Line can use the Warminster or Trenton lines instead.