Gov. Phil Murphy (D) has announced that NJ Transit vehicles, along with private carriers, must cut their capacity to 50 percent to keep social distancing guidelines in tact – with passengers now being required to wear face coverings.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“I’m signing an Executive Order directing NJ Transit and all private carriers to cut the capacity on all trains, buses, light rail vehicles, and para-transit vehicles to 50 percent of their maximum [capacity],” the governor during a presser this afternoon.
“This executive order also requires NJ Transit and the private carriers to supply their workers with gloves and face coverings. All riders are required to wear a face covering when traveling either on NJ TRANSIT or with a private carrier, unless they cannot for medical reasons.”
The order goes into effect on Monday, April 13th, at 8 p.m.
The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and NJ Transit bus service are staples in Hudson County, with service available in Bayonne, Jersey City, Hoboken, Secaucus, Union City, and North Bergen to name a few.
Murphy indicated that while social distancing appears to be flattening the curve during this week, he reemphasized that this is no time to start relenting.
“Remember that wars are not done overnight or by set dates: they’re won through perseverance and hard work and together we are doing that hard work … We’re not in the end zone folks, we cannot spike any footballs: we’re not even first and goal,” the governor stated.
Minutes ago, the New Jersey Department of Health announced that there are now 58,151 COVID-19 cases and 2,183 deaths statewide, including 6,851 cases in Hudson County and 183 fatalities – the third most in the state by county.