As stores reopen, SEPTA asks employers to be flexible with commuting workers

Mike Dougherty
June 05, 2020 - 1:07 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — With Philly now in the "yellow" phase, SEPTA is ramping up cleaning efforts and requiring every mass transit passenger to wear a mask.

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Ridership has increased over the past week or so, and SEPTA General Manager Leslie Richards expects to see even more people return as stores and restaurants open again. 

“We are asking for help from everyone," Richards said. "From our riders, we are asking them to wear facial coverings on our system. And for employers, we are asking them to look at their start times, look at their end times, make sure that they are being as flexible as possible."

She says that means changing store hours or allowing workers who use SEPTA to come in late or leave early so they can catch the bus or train. Some seats will be blocked off for social distancing.

SEPTA says cleaning has always been important, and riders will notice even more cleaning at bus loops and on train platforms going forward.