Travel restrictions, mass transit changes in place for Wednesday

- Forecasters are tracking heavy snow for the area on Wednesday. Here's everything you need to know about how the storm will affect travel and mass transportation across the region:


Nite Owl bus service for the Market-Frankford and Broad Street Lines—SEPTA’s two busiest routes—will operate on Tuesday night. However, 24-hour train service will be in operation Wednesday night through Thursday morning on the Market-Frankford and Broad Street Lines. There will be no overnight Nite Owl bus service; trains will operate every 20 minutes through the night.

On Wednesday, March 21, SEPTA will activate its Regional Rail Severe Storm Service Plan. Lines will operate on a Saturday schedule with the exception of the following:

  • The Wilmington/Newark Line will run on an enhanced Saturday schedule, with service to Newark and Churchmans Crossing Stations.
  • Cynwyd Line service will not operate.

Snow could also impact the Norristown High Speed Line. The NHSL will operate every 20 minutes; however, snow accumulations near eight inches can cover the electrified third rail. In that case, service will most likely be suspended to avoid trapping vehicles.

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Starting at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, PennDOT will impose a ban on a ban on empty straight CDL-weighted trucks, tractors hauling double trailers, tractors hauling empty trailers, trailers pulled by passenger vehicles, pick-up trucks, motorcycles and recreational vehicles, or RVs, on:

  • Interstate 76 across the state, which includes the Schuylkill Expressway and the East-West Turnpike mainline
  • Interstates 276 and 476, a portion of the mainline Turnpike in southeastern Pa. and the entire Northeastern Extension
  • Interstate 176 (entire length)
  • Interstate 95 (entire length)
  • Interstate 78 (entire length)
  • Interstate 80 from the New Jersey line to the junction with Interstate 81
  • Interstate 81 from the Maryland line to the junction with Interstate 80
  • Interstate 99 (entire length)
  • Interstate 79 from the Turnpike to Interstate 80

A full ban on commercial vehicles will also be imposed on:

  • Interstate 70, from the Maryland line to the Turnpike
  • Interstate 83 (entire length)
  • Interstate 84 (entire length)
  • Interstate 380 (entire length)

Restrictions will remain in place as long as warranted through the storm. As conditions develop, speed restrictions and wider truck and vehicle bans will be considered on these routes.

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