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Is public transportation still operating normally at this time? What mitigation measures are NJ TRANSIT and private carriers adopting?

Last Updated: 05/19/2020

Effective Monday, April 13 at 8 pm, all NJ TRANSIT and private carriers are directed to limit capacity and to adapt additional mitigation measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Workers and riders must wear face coverings and workers must wear gloves when in contact with customers.

For the latest on NJ Transit service changes, visit: https://www.njtransit.com/sa/sa_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=TravelAlertsTo

For any feedback or complaints regarding NJ TRANSIT, including worries about overcrowding or inadequate social distancing, use this form.

PATH trains are operating on a modified schedule. For information and alerts on PATH service and train schedules, visit the Ride PATH APP or www.panyjy.gov/StayOnTrack.

Amtrak has implemented major service adjustments: https://www.amtrak.com/alert/service-adjustments-due-to-coronavirus.html

The New Jersey to New York, NY Waterway ferry service is running on a severely limited schedule. For the latest updates on routes, schedules, and cancellations, visit the NY Waterway Alerts page.

According to Executive Order No. 125, NJ TRANSIT and private carriers must adopt the following policies, although there are slight variations for different categories of private carriers and carriers should review the text of the Order:

  • Workers may limit occupancy by passengers at 50% of the stated maximum vehicle capacity on all trains, buses and light rail lines, and Access Link vehicles, in accordance with any guidelines instituted by NJ TRANSIT operational divisions or by private carriers, in consultation with NJ TRANSIT operational divisions where applicable;
  • Require infection control practices, such as coughing and sneezing etiquette, and proper tissue usage and disposal;
  • Arrange for contactless pay options across all modes of transportation wherever feasible. Such policies shall, wherever possible, consider populations that do not have access to internet service;
  • Arrange for back door entry on buses wherever feasible, and take seats out of service near the bus operator to allow for proper social distancing from the bus operator wherever feasible;
  • For NJ TRANSIT: Require frequent sanitization of high-touch areas in stations, like restrooms, waiting areas, credit card machines, and keypads;
  • Place conspicuous signage and throughout train cars, buses, light rail and Access Link vehicles alerting workers and customers to the required six feet of physical distance and for NJ TRANSIT, at stations;
  • Require workers and customers to wear cloth face coverings while on trains, buses, and light rail and Access Link vehicles except where doing so would inhibit that individual's health or where the individual is under two years of age, and require workers to wear gloves when in contact with customers. NJ TRANSIT and private carriers must provide, at their expense, such face coverings and gloves for their workers, to the extent supplies are available. If a customer refuses to wear a cloth face covering for non-medical reasons, then workers may decline entry to the individual. NJ TRANSIT operational divisions will institute guidelines to operators on this issue and where applicable, the carriers will consult with NJ TRANSIT operational divisions to institute guidelines to operate on this issue. Nothing in the stated policy should prevent workers or customers from wearing a surgical-grade mask or other more protective face covering if the individual is already in possession of such equipment, or if NJ TRANSIT or private carriers are otherwise required to provide such worker with more protective equipment due to the nature of the work involved. Where an individual declines to wear a face covering due to a medical condition that inhibits such usage, neither NJ TRANSIT, nor the carriers, nor any of workers shall require the individual to produce medical documentation verifying the stated condition.

Source: https://www.njtransit.com/var/var_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=COVID19ProtectionTo; https://www.panynj.gov/port-authority/en/alerts/coronavirus-updates.html; https://www.amtrak.com/alert/service-adjustments-due-to-coronavirus.html; https://www.nywaterway.com/AdvisoriesAlerts.aspx; Executive Order No. 125