Posted Monday, June 29th, 2020
Beginning Monday, July 6, NJ TRANSIT will resume full weekday rail and light rail service in Morris County and across the state, providing added capacity to its current COVID-19 restricted schedules.
“It’s critical that we stay ahead of the demand to maximize the opportunity for social distancing while we ensure that we continue providing the cleanest and safest travel environment for our customers and employees,” said NJ Transit President & CEO Kevin Corbett.
NJ Transit also is focused on a “shared responsibility” approach that relies on customers, employers, and NJ Transit all doing their part.
The NJ Transit “Your Ride to Recovery” Guide focuses on six areas: Service, Cleanliness, Distancing, Communication, Protective Equipment & Public Safety and Screening & Testing .
Service: NJ Transit will continue to monitor ridership, aligning service to manage capacity in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 125. NJ Transit service levels will be guided by the latest health recommendations and policies. The agency is leveraging data, tools and regional information sources to monitor and identify projected trends in ridership and customer behavior.
Changes in service will be announced using all available communications channels and www.njtransit.com
Cleanliness: NJ Transit will employ enhanced cleaning efforts to disinfect vehicles every 24 hours. It will include cleaning and disinfecting stations, in particular frequent customer touchpoints such as ticket vending machines, handrails and door handles. Customers are asked to minimize contact with surfaces and touchpoints and use touchless payment through the NJ Transit mobile app.
Distancing: Customers are asked to remain cognizant of distancing throughout their journey whenever possible. In addition, customers are being asked to avoid loud talking or restrict phone conversations until after their trip, as these increase the expulsion range of droplets which may contain the virus.
Employers also can play a significant role to spread ridership more evenly over the entire service day by encouraging employees to work from home or stagger work hours and work days.
Personal Protective Equipment and Public Safety: NJ Transit will require all public-facing employees to wear face coverings. Customers are required to do the same while on public transit vehicles and in public spaces such as stairs, platforms and stations, regardless of physical distance.
Communication: NJ Transit is launching a “SAFE NJ” sign and message campaign, which will include easy-to-understand graphics and signs in stations and vehicles.
Testing: NJ Transit has made COVID-19 testing available to all employees. Customers who feel symptomatic should seek medical care, including scheduling a COVID-19 test, and should avoid riding mass transit.
The complete list of “Your Ride to Recovery” guidelines can be found at www.njtransit.com/recovery.
NJ Transit requires all riders to wear face coverings. CDC Guide on cloth face coverings.