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

Last Updated: 10/28/2020

Service Updates

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

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.

Mask Requirement

Under Executive Order No. 165 and Executive Order No. 192, all employees and riders must wear a face covering on trains, vehicles, and in stations, except when an individual is under two years of age. In addition, Executive Order No. 165 specifically prohibits eating, drinking and smoking on trains and vehicles.

Employees and riders who refuse to wear a face covering may be declined entry, except when doing so would violate State or federal law, employer internal operational guidelines, and provided the employer complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination where applicable.

Employers must provide face coverings to their employees.

For more details and exemptions, refer to Executive Order No. 165 and page 4 of Executive Order No. 192.

What To Expect

Under Executive Order No. 165, Executive Order No. 181, and Executive Order No. 192, 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 full text of the Orders. The following summary is not a replacement for fully complying with the terms of EO 165, EO 181, and EO 192:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Requirements to Protect Employees and Others

Employers must comply with the following requirements:

  • Require workers and customers to maintain at least six feet of distance from one another, to the maximum extent possible;
  • Require everyone to wear face masks, except when an employee is at their workstation at least six feet from others, or is alone in a walled space such as an office - Note: employers may be authorized to prevent individuals who refuse to wear a mask from entering the worksite, where such actions are consistent with state and federal law;
  • Provide face masks for their employees;
  • Provide approved sanitization materials for employees and visitors at no cost to those individuals;
  • Ensure that employees practice hand hygiene and provide employees with sufficient break time for that purpose;
  • Routinely clean and disinfect all high-touch areas in accordance with DOH and CDC guidelines;
  • Prior to each shift, conduct daily health checks, such as temperature screenings, visual symptom checking, self-assessment checklists, and/or health questionnaires, consistent with CDC guidance;
  • Do not allow sick employees to enter workplace and follow requirements of applicable leave laws;
  • Promptly notify employees of any known exposure to COVID-19 at the worksite;
  • Clean and disinfect the worksite in accordance with CDC guidelines when an employee at the site has been diagnosed with COVID-19 illness.

Detailed requirements and exemptions for certain employers can be found in the full text of Executive Order No. 192.

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; Executive Order No. 192