CHESCOBUS Passengers Must Wear Masks
May 6, 2020: ATTENTION: PASSENGERS MUST WEAR MASKS ON THE BUSES AT ALL TIMES (In keeping with the Governor’s “Universal Masking” requirements.) Thank you for your cooperation.
CHESCOBUS Urges Essential Trips Only
To adhere to Governor Wolf guidance to “stay at home” and temporary suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life, Chescobus has announced the temporary reduction of service and suspension of fare box collection.
Community members are strongly encouraged to ride the bus for essential trips only. Prior to boarding the bus, the driver has the right to ask the passenger of their destination in order to be compliant to guidance.
As the situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) changes daily, we continue to uphold the safety and security of our passengers and employees as one of our highest values. We are taking numerous steps in accordance to the Governor’s Office and PennDOT to reduce the spread of the virus.
Free Fares: During the period of guidance, beginning March 30 and until further notice, Chescobus routes Link and SCCOOT will suspend the collection of fares to limit passenger and driver interaction.
Route Reductions: Due to lower demand of the Evening Link, we eliminated the service on March 18. While our service is still running, we urge you to follow the directions of Governor’s orders and not travel unless absolutely necessary. Be advised SEPTA has reduced all transit service: www.septa.org .
Customer Service: The Transportation Management Association of Chester County is closed and staff are working remotely. However, in calling TMACC when prompted press 2 to reach Krapf Dispatch service for information about the bus. We encourage you to visit www.chescobus.org to stay up to date on our service.
Additional Precautions: All vehicles are being sanitized and disinfected with protocols as recommended by the CDC.
Social distancing includes on the bus.
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
Clean surfaces frequently.
If you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.
SEPTA's Phased Reopening to Begin May 17th
In an effort to improve conditions for employees and customers during the COVID-19 crisis, and prepare for the phased reopening of the region, SEPTA will return to regular transit schedules beginning Sunday, May 17.
This includes resuming service on most bus & trolley routes with front-door boarding & fare payment, and restoring regular weekday and weekend frequencies on the Market-Frankford, Broad Street & Norristown High Speed Lines.
Click here for full details on the Southwest Connection Project
SEPTA Moves to Reduced ‘Lifeline Service Schedule’ Effective Thursday, April 9
For Health and Safety, All Others Urged to Stay Home PHILADELPHIA (April 7, 2020) – Starting on Thursday, April 9, SEPTA will move to a new “Lifeline Service Schedule,” operating as much service as possible with our healthy and available employees, but with limited lines and routes.
SEPTA is now asking all riders to wear masks or other facial coverings, consistent with new CDC guidelines, to protect both riders and operators. SEPTA has started issuing masks to all frontline employees.
“Our SEPTA employees have been incredible in ensuring we maintain essential service to provide access to hospitals, grocery stores and other life-sustaining services,” said SEPTA General Manager Leslie S. Richards. “As this crisis continues, we are now experiencing what other transit agencies across the country already have – workforce shortages due to COVID-19-related absences.”
Access to stations will be limited, and SEPTA police will engage customers to ensure that they are traveling for essential purposes.
“If you are not traveling to an essential job or for urgent personal business like a medical appointment, you need to stay home and help us preserve service and space for those who need it most,” Richards said.
“Unfortunately, too many people are not cooperating with this request, and they are putting the health and lives of our essential customers and employees at risk.”
The new schedules that go into effect on Thursday are focused on providing access to hospitals, grocery stores and other life-sustaining services. The Lifeline Service schedule will provide core services for essential travel, control access to the system and further focus cleaning efforts to protect the health and safety of our customers and employees.
Buses, subways and trolleys that are in service will continue to follow Saturday schedules, and available Regional Rail service will run every two hours. Below is a summary of the changes, and customers should check for full details.
• Market-Frankford Line: Ten stations will be closed, with 18 remaining open. The closures will be at Church, Tioga, Somerset, York-Dauphin, 2nd Street, 5th Street, 13th Street, 56th Street, 63rd Street and Millbourne.
• Broad Street Line/Broad-Ridge Spur: Eight stations will close, with 16 remaining open. The closures will be at Tasker-Morris, Lombard-South, Spring Garden, Fairmount, SusquehannaDauphin, Wyoming , Logan and Chinatown.
• Buses and Trolleys: Service will be limited to approximately 60 core routes. SEPTA prioritized routes that provide access to essential services, as well as those with connections to the Broad (Continued) -2- Street, Market-Frankford Lines and Regional Rail. Approximately half of the Trolley stations in the Center City tunnel will be closed, including 13th Street, 19th Street, 33rd Street and 36th Street. The Route 101 Trolley will continue to operate with bus service, and the Route 102 remains suspended.
• Norristown High Speed Line: No additional changes with this new schedule.
• Regional Rail: Service on six lines will be suspended and two others shortened.
- No service on the Chestnut Hill East, Chestnut Hill West, Cynwyd, Manayunk/Norristown, West Trenton and Wilmington Newark Lines.
- Service on two additional lines will be truncated:
o Paoli/Thorndale: Service only between Center City and Malvern
o Lansdale/Doylestown: Service only between Center City and Lansdale
- Airport Line service will be reduced from hourly trips to every two hours.
Regional Rail Implementing “Essential Service Schedule” Starting Sunday, March 29
SEPTA will reduce Regional Rail to an "Essential Service Schedule" starting on Sunday, March 29. This follows previous Regional Rail schedule adjustments implemented last week aimed at providing essential service during the COVID-19 crisis. Service on Transit modes, including buses, subways and trolleys, will continue to operate on reduced Saturday schedules.
Based on sharp ridership reductions of 94 percent on Regional Rail this week, the Essential Service Schedule will allow SEPTA to continue to provide service for those who need to travel. It also allows SEPTA to follow stepped-up cleaning protocols aimed at providing a safe and healthy environment for customers and employees.
Regional Rail has been operating on a Saturday schedule for the last two weeks, and Transit services including subways, buses and trolleys moved to a similar level of service this week. Ridership is down significantly on all modes, however, the losses on Regional Rail have been larger than Transit. Transit ridership is down over 70 percent this week.
SEPTA will continue to closely monitor all services to try to ensure that there is enough space on-board vehicles for customers to practice social distancing.
Regional Rail schedules effective on Sunday are posted on the Regional Rail Service Plan for COVID-19 page on SEPTA's website, where schedules for each line are available for download.
Summary of changes taking effect on Sunday, March 29:
Service on most lines will run every two hours
Airport Line service will run every hour
Twelve of the 13 Regional Rail lines will operate seven days a week; Cynwyd Line service will operate Monday through Friday
Overnight Market-Frankford & Broad Street Line Service Changes Begin Monday, March 30
Starting Monday, March 30, SEPTA will suspend overnight service on the Market-Frankford and Broad Street Lines between 1:00 AM and 4:30 AM to give crews additional time for cleaning amid the COVID-19 crisis.
SEPTA has been running overnight service on both lines all week, and ridership during these hours has been very low. Starting Monday morning, SEPTA will utilize this window for additional cleaning of vehicles and stations. This time could also be used for maintenance or track work as needed.
Service on the Market-Frankford and Broad Street Lines, as well as all buses, trolleys and the Norristown High Speed Line, remains on a Saturday schedule, seven-days a week. For schedule details, please visit http://septa.org/notice/modified-saturday-schedules.html.
SEPTA would also like to remind customers that service changes for Regional Rail go into effect on Sunday, March 29. SEPTA will move to a new “Essential Service Schedule,” which provides limited service on all lines. For schedule details, please visit https://www.septa.org/service/rail/middayschedule.html.
SEPTA will continue to closely monitor all services to try to ensure that there is enough space on-board vehicles for customers to practice social distancing.
SEPTA would like to stress to riders that it is maintaining service to move riders who work in essential jobs, and to allow residents to use the system to access life-sustaining services, such as hospitals, pharmacies and grocery stores. SEPTA has a new map posted to its website aimed at providing information travelers who need to get to these services. Please see the map at http://www.septa.org/notice/essential-business-map.html
How to Create a Successful Work From Home Space
March 2020 | Cathy Colson | Pure Visibility
Hello fellow telecommuters! Whether you’re newly-minted or an old pro at this, there are definitely more of us today than a few weeks ago.
If you’re facing this for the first time, you may feel a bit disconnected or distracted, and if you’re used to WFH (working from home/work from home) from time to time, you may wonder if you can make it for the long haul. It will take some adjustment, but the good news is there are technical support systems available for remote collaboration that simply weren’t around even 10 years ago. We have the resources to make this work! In this post we are sharing our best tips and strategies to help you and your team make the adjustment to WFH and keep business running smoothly.
9 Working from Home Tips
Get up at the same time everyday.
Get ready for the day as normal.
Set regular hours (and stick to them).
Create a buffer between “work” and “home.”
Dedicate a work zone in your home.
Take frequent breaks.
Talk to people!
Don’t take work “home” with you.
7 Effective Ways to Work From Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak
March, 2020 | Lexie Sachs | Good Housekeeping Institute
As more and more companies implement work-from-home policies due to the spread of COVID-19, employees are now tasked with trying to be just as productive without their normal resources and routines. While working from home sounds like a luxury in theory, it's certainly no vacation and being productive is easier said than done.
Every job is different and the amount you're able to achieve will vary between career types, employers, and internal policies, but there are some key strategies to working from home when it comes to getting your tasks done efficiently (not to mention, staying sane and healthy while doing so!). Here are the best tips to working from home according to people who have successfully worked remotely for years and from our own Good Housekeeping editors and product experts who are working from home amid the coronavirus outbreak.
1. Stick with your routine
Just because you're not commuting and going into an office doesn't mean you should skip your weekday morning preparations. Wake up at your normal time, shower, and get dressed in real clothes (not pajamas!). It may sound trivial, but this helps you mentally prepare for the day ahead and get into the "I'm going to work" mindset.
It's also helpful to keep a set schedule. If you typical work nine-to-five hours, keep doing it at home. It's easy to lose track of time and if you can't stick to a typical work-life balance, you may find yourself getting easily burnt out.
2. Create a work space
Although it's tempting to stay in bed or head to your sofa, those who successfully work from home agree that you're best off setting up a station. If you don't have a desk, use your dining room table. Besides making you feel like you're at an "office," this helps you maintian good posture, avoid distractions, and leave your work behind at the end of the day.
3. ...but don't just sit there
Sitting all day isn't healthy even if you're at the office, but working from home means you skip your commute and have fewer reasons to get up from your chair throughout the day. You can invest in a standing desk if you prefer to work on your feet, but otherwise make sure to stand up regularly to stretch or move around.
If you've gained an extra hour or two from not commuting, it's a good opportunity to exercise, either by working out at home or going for a walk outside. A lunchtime walk can also help you feel like you're not stuck inside all day.
4. Get some fresh air
Since experts advise to limit contact with people who may be sick and many companies are urging employees to stay home, you're likely going to spend a lot of time indoors. Open your windows to let in as much natural daylight and fresh air as possible, and take short walks if you live in an unpopulated area — and be sure to wash your hands as soon as you return home.
5. Stay connected with your colleagues
If you work on a team, make sure to check in regularly just like you would in the office. Create to-do lists to keep yourself organized and focused, and share the status of your lists with your supervisor so they know you're on top of your work. Besides email and messaging programs like Slack, it's a good idea to set up regular check-ins via phone or video conferencing like Skype, FaceTime, or Zoom.
6. Fight the urge to multitask
This may seem like a convenient time to catch up on chores around the house, but it's easier than you'd expect to get distracted. Carolyn Forté, the Director of the Good Housekeeping Institute's Cleaning Lab, says now's not the time to straighten up or start a load of laundry. "There’s nothing wrong with taking a little break, but don’t let chores distract you from being productive. You wouldn’t be doing them if you were at work," Forté advises.
The same goes for other at-home distractions. If you meal prep or pack snacks ahead of time for the office, do the same at home so you don't get preoccupied in the kitchen. Chances are you don't watch TV at work either, so try not to leave it on, even if it's just background noise.
7. If you have kids, prepare for disruptions
It's difficult enough to get work done if you have children at home, but even harder with younger kids like babies and toddlers. Still, it's not impossible if you have plan ahead and have some flexibility. Here are tips from real parents who are mastering the work-from-home challenge:
Get help, if you can. It might not be the best choice for your family with the social distancing advisory, but if you have someone that can help out (e.g. a family member that can stay isolated with you), you'll be able to get the most amount of work done. If you co-parent, take turns between watching the kids and working. When you're working, hide in a separate room so your kids don't know you're there.
Mix up your hours. If your job allows for it – especially with companies being more lenient around COVID-19 – try to squeeze in work when your baby or toddler is asleep, like early morning, nap times, and at night. It's not ideal, but you'll be more productive if you have quiet time to yourself.
Explain the situation. It's a good idea to talk to your kids about coronavirus, especially older ones who can better understand the impact it'll have on your day-to-day life.
Try new activities. Fun toys and games that kids haven't played with before will keep them entertained longer. Time-consuming projects, like crafts, stickers, puzzles, and legos, are sure to buy you some time.
20 Tips on Working From Home
March, 2020 | Jill Duffy | PCMag.com
The global spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, is keeping people at home. Major conferences, including Mobile World Congress and Google I/O have been canceled to decrease the risk of infection. Some employers are encouraging or requiring people to work from home for an indeterminate amount of time. If you're new to the work-from-home lifestyle, whether due to coronavirus or because you've managed to find a remote-based job, you'll need to change some of your habits and routines to make working from home a success.
I've worked 100 percent remotely for more than five years, and I have some friends and colleagues who've done it, too. We all face unique challenges, not only because we have different personalities, but also due to our various lifestyles and the type of work we do. Still, many of the core issues we face as remote employees are the same.
Everyone who works remotely has to figure out when to work, where to work, and how to create boundaries between work and personal life. What about office equipment, career development, training opportunities, and building relationships with colleagues? Working remotely, especially when working from home most of the time, means figuring out these issues and others. Here are 20 tips for leading a better and more productive remote-working life, based on my experience and what I've learned from others.
1. Maintain Regular Hours
Set a schedule, and stick to it...most of the time. Having clear guidelines for when to work and when to call it a day helps many remote workers maintain work-life balance. That said, one of the benefits of remote work is flexibility, and sometimes you need to extend your day or start early to accommodate someone else's time zone. When you do, be sure to wrap up earlier than usual or sleep in a bit the next morning to make up for it.
Automatic time-tracking apps, such as RescueTime, let you check in on whether you're sticking to your schedule. They can also help you figure out what times of day you're most productive versus when you slack off. You can use that information to your advantage by reserving your hours of high focus for your most important tasks.
2. Create a Morning Routine
Deciding you'll sit down at your desk and start work at a certain time is one thing. Creating a routine that guides you into the chair is another. What in your morning routine indicates you're about to start work? It might be making a cup of coffee. It might be returning home after a jog. It might be getting dressed (wearing pajama pants to work is a perk for some, but a bad strategy for others). A routine can be more powerful than a clock at helping you get started each day.
I say "morning," but not everyone who works from home follows a nine-to-five schedule. Yours might be a "getting started" routine at another time of day.
3. Set Ground Rules With the People in Your Space
Set ground rules with other people in your home or who share your space for when you work. If you have children who come home from school while you're still working, they need clear rules about what they can and cannot do during that time. Additionally, just because you're home and can let service people into the house or take care of pets doesn't mean other family members should assume you will always do it. If that's how you choose to divide up the domestic labor, that's fine, but if you simply take it all on by default because you're home, you may feel taken advantage of, and your productivity may suffer.
4. Schedule Breaks
Know your company's policy on break times and take them. If you're self-employed, give yourself adequate time during the day to walk away from the computer screen and phone. A lunch hour and two 15-minute breaks seems to be the standard for full-time US employees.
5. Take Breaks in Their Entirety
Don't short-change yourself during breaks, especially your lunch hour. You can use an app, such as TimeOut for Mac and Smart Break for Windows, to lock yourself out of your computer for 60 minutes. Or you can just launch a simple clock or timer on the screen when you take a break. If you return to your desk after only 40 minutes, walk away for another 20.
6. Leave Home
You don't have to eat out every day, but try to leave your home or work space regularly. The same advice applies to people who work in traditional office settings, too. Leave the building at least once a day. Your body needs to move. Plus, the fresh air and natural light will do you good.
You don't have to go to crowded public spaces to get away from your solo workspace. Take a walk. Weed the garden. You get the picture.
7. Don't Hesitate to Ask for What You Need
If you're employed by a company or organization that supports your work-from-home setup, request the equipment you need as soon as you start working from home, or within a day or two when you realize you need something new. It's extremely important to set precedents early that you will ask for what you need to get your job done comfortably, including the right monitor, keyboard, mouse, chair, printer, software, and so forth. Organizations that are accustomed to remote employees often have a budget for home office equipment. Ask what it is and how often it's renewed. It also doesn't hurt to ask whether there's a loan agreement or who will pay for return shipping or disposal of outdated equipment.
If you're working from home unexpectedly due to coronavirus, ask for what you need within reason. You could be working from home for weeks on end and you should be comfortable, but ordering a new office chair and desk might be asking too much. Consider a mouse and keyboard, plus a back-supporting cushion instead.
8. Keep a Dedicated Office Space
In an ideal world, remote employees would have not only a dedicated office, but also two computers, one for work and one for personal use. It's more secure for the employer, and it lets you do all your NSFW activities in private. But not everyone has a separate office in their home, and keeping two machines isn't always realistic. Instead, dedicate a desk and some peripherals only for work use. For example, when your laptop is hooked up to the monitor and external keyboard, it's work time. When it's on your lap, that's personal time. You may want to go as far as partitioning your hard drive and creating a separate user account for work.
9. Maintain a Separate Phone Number
Set up a phone number that you only use for calls with colleagues and clients. It doesn't have to be a landline, second mobile phone, or even a SIM card. It can be a free VoIP service, such as Google Voice or a Skype number. Similar to some of the other tips, having a separate phone number helps you manage your work-life balance.
10. Use a VPN
Use a VPN whenever you're connected to a network that you don't control. That includes Wi-Fi at co-working spaces, cafes, libraries, and airports. Some organizations have their own VPNs that off-site employees need to access certain servers or websites that store information meant only for internal use. In those cases, you'll also need to use a VPN at home. In any case, it's a good idea to get into the habit of leaving your VPN connected as often as possible because it's always safer to have it on than not.
11. Socialize With Colleagues
Loneliness, disconnect, and isolation are common problems in remote work life, especially for extroverts. Companies with a remote work culture usually offer ways to socialize. For example, they might have chat channels where remote employees can talk about common interests, meetups for people in the same region, and in-person retreats. It's important to figure out how much interaction you need to feel connected and included. Even if you're highly introverted and don't like socializing, give a few interactive experiences a try so that you're familiar with them if you ever decide you want them. If you're not at a company with a strong remote culture, you may need to be more proactive about nurturing relationships.
12. "Show Up" to Meetings and Be Heard
Certainly, you'll take part in video conferences and conference calls, but it's a good idea to attend optional meetings sometimes, too. Be sure to speak up during the meeting so everyone knows you're on the call. A simple, "Thanks, everyone. Bye!" at the close of a meeting will go a long way toward making your presence known.
13. Get Face Time
If your employer is lax about getting you in a room with other employees, ask to have an annual or semi-annual trip in your contract. It could be for annual planning, training, or team building. Or, tack it onto some other business event, such as a yearly fiscal meeting, nearby conference, or office holiday party. Don't wait around for someone to invite you to the office or an event. Be proactive.
For those unexpectedly working from home who are also trying to reduce face-to-face contact, set up a video call with your colleagues or manager once a week to check in.
14. Take Sick Days
When you're not well, take the sick time you need. If sick days are part of your compensation package, take the time off that you need. Not taking it is like throwing away money. If you're a freelancer who doesn't have paid sick days, it can be very easy to fall into the opposite time-is-money trap and try to power through illnesses. Keep in mind that sometimes it's best to rest and get better so that you can be your most productive self in the long term.
15. Look for Training Opportunities
When you're not in an office with your fellow employees, you might miss out on training and skills development courses that are taught in person. Your company might even forget to add you to its online training courses. It can be tempting to regard this a dodged bullet, but you might be missing out on an opportunity to learn something useful. Speak up and make sure you're included.
In addition to top-down training, you can request online or in-person courses, training, and coaching if you need it. For people who work remotely 100% of the time, look for learning opportunities that are taught at the company's headquarters or your closest office. That way, you get training and face time with colleagues.
Working remotely requires you to overcommunicate. Tell everyone who needs to know about your schedule and availability often. When you finish a project or important task, say so. Overcommunicating doesn't necessarily mean you have to write a five-paragraph essay to explain your every move, but it does mean repeating yourself. Joke about how you must have mentioned your upcoming vacation six times already, then mention it again.
17. Be Positive
I like succinct and clear messages, but I know that the less face time I have with people, the less they know how to interpret my tone in writing. When you work remotely full-time, you must be positive, to the point where it may feel like you're being overly positive. Otherwise, you risk sounding like a jerk. It's unfortunate, but true. So embrace the exclamation point! Find your favorite emoji :D. You're going to need them.
18. Take Advantage of Your Perks
Every week, I bake a loaf of bread. Why? Because I work from home and I can. Plus, I enjoy it. When I worked in an office full-time, I struggled to find the time to pop something into the oven that often. Working remotely comes with unique perks. Take advantage of them. You deserve it.
19. Don't Be Too Hard on Yourself
The most successful remote employees have a reputation for being extremely disciplined. After all, it takes serious focus to do any full-time office job from an unconventional space. That said, everyone lets their attention drift sometimes. If you find yourself working one minute and booking flights for your upcoming vacation the next, don't reprimand yourself too harshly. Instead, ask yourself whether people in an office setting do the same thing. If the answer is yes, cut yourself some slack, then get back to work.
20. End Your Day With a Routine
Just as you should start your day with a routine, create a habit that signals the close of the workday. It might be a sign off on a business messaging app, an evening dog walk, or a 6 p.m. yoga class. Something as simple as shutting down your computer and turning on a favorite podcast will do. Whatever you choose, do it consistently to mark the end of working hours.
Make It Personal
Above all else, figure out what works best for you. Sometimes the answer is apparent, but other times you might need some inspiration from other people who are in the same boat. A supportive community of remote employees does exist, whether you find them in your organization's Slack channel or online through blogs or Twitter.
Best Telework Tips From Around the Country
The Coalition for Smarter Transportation (CoaST) has posted its own resource page on the best telework resources from around the country, from programs that have provided commuter assistance for many years. These tend to be from communities with robust telework communities, such as Seattle and Washington, DC. You can find links for materials from these programs at