SEPTA makes limited number of masks available as riders are being urged to wear them

Masks offered for SEPTA riders at Suburban Station.
Photo credit Andrew Kramer/KYW Newsradio
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  Wearing a face mask still isn’t required for SEPTA riders, although the transit agency wants to see everyone cover their faces.

If you want to wear a face mask but don’t have one, SEPTA’s Carla Showell-Lee says they have you covered for the time being.

“A limited quantity of surgical masks will be made available on some of the vehicles including the buses, the Market-Frankford Line, the Broad Street Line and our 69th Street Line, 15th Street, Suburban and Jefferson stations. And they’re to protect the safety of our operators and riders,” she said. 

She says SEPTA frontline workers already were given what they need, and this is what’s left.

Inside the information center at Suburban Station, there’s a pile of masks on a table under a sign that says “Please Take Only One Mask.”

Showell-Lee says they still prefer riders bring their own. 

“This is a temporary initiative to allow riders time to secure their own facial coverings, that’s what we want them to do. Find a way to cover up your nose and mouth when you are on our system,” she added. 

Once this supply runs out, Showell-Lee says that’s it for now.

She says their decision to provide them has nothing to do with that viral video last week of a man without a mask being removed from a SEPTA bus.