NJ to lift NJ Transit capacity limit, require face coverings

TRENTON, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- New Jersey will lift NJ Transit’s 50 percent capacity limit, but riders must wear face coverings in transit and at stations, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday.

During his COVID-19 briefing on Monday, Murphy said he would sign an executive order lifting capacity limits on NJ Transit and private-carrier buses, trains, light rail vehicles and Access Link vehicles. 

Face coverings will be required in all NJ Transit and private carrier indoor stations, he noted. Riders will also have to wear face coverings at outdoor stations where social distancing isn’t possible. The executive order will take effect at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15.

“We want to ensure people are able to get to their jobs and that the system continues operating as efficiently as possible,” he said, adding that the state is seeing “increases in ridership which are beginning to approach 50 percent of the stated maximum capacity of these vehicles.”

“As we do get back to work we anticipate that, at least at rush hour, that’s going to be a reality,” he said. “Make sure your mask covers both your nose and your mouth. And if a transit employee asks you to mask up, they’re doing their job.” 

Murphy reported 231 new COVID-19 cases and 22 new deaths on Monday, bringing the total number of positive cases in the state to 175,522 and the state’s death toll to 1,947. As of Sunday, 892 people in the state were hospitalized with COVID-19, 81 of whom were on ventilators, he said.