The changes will bring Regional Rail service to 75% of pre-COVID levels, up from approximately 65% currently.  - Photo: SEPTA

The changes will bring Regional Rail service to 75% of pre-COVID levels, up from approximately 65% currently. 

Photo: SEPTA

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is adding service to all Regional Rail lines under a schedule change that takes effect on Sunday, Dec. 19. The changes are designed to better accommodate current riders and add options for others who may return to in-person work and other activities in early 2022.

The changes will bring Regional Rail service to 75% of pre-COVID levels, up from approximately 65% currently.

Regional Rail ridership has returned gradually over the past year and is currently at about 40% of pre-pandemic levels.

"SEPTA has convenient and affordable options for travel to work, medical appointments, entertainment – and everywhere in-between,” said Leslie S. Richards, SEPTA CEO/GM. "We are focused on providing safe, efficient and reliable service for our customers as we continue to move through this recovery."

Schedules on SEPTA's transit modes, including buses, subways, and trolleys, have already returned to near pre-pandemic levels, according to the release. Transit ridership has also seen steady growth, and now stands at approximately 52% of pre-COVID levels.

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