By Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – SEPTA’s paratransit returned to full service, today. The snow storm forced SEPTA to cancel service for shopping or leisure trips but riders are making up for it today.

Paratransit normally provides about 6,000 rides a day for seniors and riders with disabilities, but the snow forced SEPTA to restrict rides to people who needed to get to work or medical appointments such as dialysis so service was reduced to about 2,000 people.

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Service operations director Warren Montague, says some riders are still skittish about the weather so when full service resumed, only about 5,000 people made reservations. He says they should expect some delays, “Our biggest challenge is getting in and out of small streets and people actually having their location shoveled and open pathways.”

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Montague says the weather normally keeps demand a little lower, until the spring, when reservations usually spike to about 6,500.

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Reported by Pat Loeb, KYW Newsradio