SEPTA Capacity Limits Lifted

After a year of operating buses and trains with limited capacity, the limits are finally lifted. Passengers and riders can now board buses as normal without worrying about the capacity limits.

Social Distancing markers on SEPTA vehicles, courtesy of SEPTA.org

Starting April 15th, 2020, SEPTA buses, trains, and trolleys were operating with limited capacity. According to SEPTA, the limits were at follows:

  • Thirty-foot buses were to operate with 10 passengers or less
  • Forty-foot buses were to operate with 20 passengers or less
  • Sixty-foot articulated buses and NHSL cars were to operate with 30 passengers or less
  • Trolley cars were to operate with 25 passengers or less

Operators were previously instructed to go into drop-off only service if vehicles were above capacity. Buses and trains also had their seats specially marked to indicate where passengers could sit and where they could not sit due to the social distancing.

Now that these limits are lifted, buses trains, and trolleys can operate at full capacity. Customers are still mandated to wear a mask or face covering properly on ALL SEPTA vehicles and in their facilities.

About the author: DashTransit

I have been with Virtual Transportation Cente since it's conception as the "Dash Forums" back in 2008. Since then, I have been writing and doing YouTube side by side, focusing both on Transportation and Gaming. Most of my knowledge comes from SEPTA as I lived in Philadelphia for most of my life. As of 2021, I am on YouTube as DashTransit, Dash5155, and TheDashOfficial.

As for the name DashTransit itself, it actually stems from my YouTube channel.

DashTransit was originally called "njt5329" and the channel was just clips of buses. Mostly SEPTA and NJT. A Fujifilm Finepix was used in this era.

Starting in July 2011, the Canon SX130IS camera became the camera of the channel, bringing HD documentary-style videos much like my buddy (trainman1971) did for DVD for many years past. This is when the channel became known as "Transit Action Series"

In May 2012, the original Canon SX130IS retired, and then all videos were recorded off a mobile phone until eventually uploaded proved too difficult due to hardships IRL

Starting in 2017, I used a Canon SX200IS from Bastranz to reboot the channel that otherwise was dead for a whole year prior.

Between April 19th, 2019, and January 21st, 2021, all videos were recorded by a Canon SX710 HS camera. The channel was renamed DashTransit 4/19/19.

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