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Is public transportation running? What mitigation measures are NJ TRANSIT and private carriers adopting?

Last Updated: 08/28/2020

NJ Transit has resumed full-service and is running a regular weekday schedule on its bus, rail, light rail, and Access Link services.

Workers and riders must wear face coverings on trains and in stations, and keep a social distance whenever possible. Additional safety requirements are outlined below.

To learn more about NJ Transit's plan to safely resume service, visit https://www.njtransit.com/recovery. 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 http://www.panynj.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 has resumed service on a modified schedule with additional health and safety measures. For the latest updates on routes, schedules, and cancellations, visit the NY Waterway Alerts page.

Under Executive Order No. 165 and Executive Order No. 181, 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:

  • Require workers and customers to wear face coverings. NJ TRANSIT and private carriers must provide, at their expense, such face coverings 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.
  • Policies may be adopted that require NJ TRANSIT and private carrier staff to wear gloves, in addition to regular hand hygiene. Where a business requires its staff to wear gloves while at the worksite, the business must provide such gloves to staff.
  • 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;

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. 165; Executive Order No. 181