By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – SEPTA will soon be operating on a regular schedule for most transit services. These services are set to resume on Sunday, May 17.

Customers are advised to use SEPTA for essential travel only and are strongly encouraged to wear face masks and coverings.

“The health and safety of employees and customers remains SEPTA’s top priority, and this return-to-service plan is focused on enhancing measures we have put in place to reduce crowding and promote social distancing,” said SEPTA General Manager Leslie Richards. “While we are preparing for an eventual increase in ridership, service will continue to be available for essential travel only until further notice. If you do not need to get to work or access life-sustaining services, please do your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by staying off the system.”

Fare payment and front door entry will be restored and customers will be strongly encouraged to board through the front door and exit through the rear door.

Transit vehicles will have the following capacity limits:

  • 20 people will be allowed at a time on buses
  • 25 people allowed on per trolley
  • 30 people will be allowed on the Norristown High Speed Line

All lines will operate according to the spring schedule that went into effect in February. Delays and possible cancellations are expected as personnel return to work.

Regional Rail will continue to operate on a Lifeline schedule through the end of May.

The Broad Street Line and Market–Frankford Line will have increased service on both routes and only the current stations that are open will be served. As more personnel return to work, stations will reopen. There is no set date for this.

The following stations will remain open, and all others closed until further notice:

Market-Frankford Line: Frankford Transportation Center, Arrott Transportation Center, Erie-Torresdale, Allegheny, Huntingdon, Berks, Girard, Spring Garden, 8th Street, 11th Street, 15th Street, 30th Street, 34th Street, 40th Street, 46th Street, 56th Street, 60th Street and 69th Street Transportation Center.

Broad Street Line/Broad-Ridge Spur: Fern Rock Transportation Center, Olney Transportation Center, Hunting Park, Erie, Allegheny, North Philadelphia, Cecil B. Moore, Girard, 8th Street, Race-Vine, City Hall, Walnut/Locust, Ellsworth/Federal, Snyder, Oregon and NRG.

The Route 101 Trolley will operate as a bus, and the Route 102 Trolley will remain suspended.

The Southwest Connection Improvement Program begins May 10 and continues through May 30. The upcoming work will affect the Airport, Media/Elwyn and Wilmington/Newark Lines. To view the changes, click here.

To view complete schedules, click here.