SEPTA Makes Schedule Changes Amid Pandemic Ridership Reduction

Staff shortages amid Coronavirus concerns caused SEPTA to cancel 14 scheduled regional rail departures during the morning rush hour on March 16, 2020.

The line most affected was the Paoli/Thorndale where four trains were canceled.

The Chestnut Hill East and Lansdale/Doylestown train canceled three trains, and the Chestnut Hill West line canceled two trains.

The Manayunk/Norristown line and Media Elwyn lines had one train affected.

The parking lot at the Lansdale Train Station was unusually empty during the afternoon rush hour. This is also true for trains heading outbound from the city.

“It’s not been very busy at all, quite frankly.  We thought it might be, but it’s not,” says Lisa Leachus waiting for her ride in the train station.

Courtney Eidle says the train platform at Temple University was empty. “The trains aren’t really full at all. There’s little students that got on at Temple. Not really anyone,” says the Temple University student.

However, riders are taking extra precautions while commuting to and from the city.

“We have sanitizer that we’ve been constantly putting on. Not trying to touch anything. Sitting down gently,” says Lisa Leachus.

SEPTA did not provide any more information regarding the cancellations or the staffing issue they are facing.

SEPTA is urging the public to check SEPTA for the latest updates for all service modes.

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