Here’s the hot video going around on social media right now:
do riders know that they might be pulled off a SEPTA bus by 10 cops for not having a mask? pic.twitter.com/NnHXJC02E8
— Philly Transit Riders Union (@phillyTRU) April 10, 2020
There’s not much info on these incidents, specifically. For what it’s worth, three SEPTA employees have died from COVID-19, one a mechanic, one an AC specialist, and a third working in fueling, according to FOX 29. As a result, service was drawn back on Thursday and some stations were closed.
The guy in the second video didn’t receive a ticket, nor was he arrested, according to WHYY.
SEPTA’s new Lifeline schedule, which went into effect Thursday, closed several subway stops and ceased about half of the city’s bus and trolley routes. Along with the service reduction, SEPTA limited access to stations and asked riders to wear a face-covering that’s in accordance with CDC recommendations.
(Spokesperson Andrew) Busch confirmed Friday that the “request” has become a mandate and riders without a face covering can be restricted from boarding their vehicles.
SEPTA police officers are tasked with engaging riders at some stations and if a passenger is non-compliant on a bus, the police can remove them.
This is… quite the situation we have here. If we’re at the point where we’re physically removing people from buses, then why are they even running in the first place?