Today Septa announces new Regional Rail schedules
An updated schedule for SEPTA’s Regional Rail is expected to post at 8:30 p.m. The schedule will go into effect Monday morning, and will reflect the addition of three locomotives and 18 passenger cars the transportation authority is leasing from Amtrak, NJ Transit and Maryland Area Regional Commuter Train Service.The newest schedule for SEPTA’s Regional Rail, which will go into effect Monday morning, has been posted. We’ll have more specifics shortly.
The additional vehicles are expected to relieve some of the delays and overcrowding created when SEPTA pulled 120 cars of the same model from service after finding flaws in load bearing beams. SEPTA is hopeful the additional cars will improve travel between Glenside and Center City, where overcrowded trains have been leaving customers on the platform; add more seats to the Trenton Line; and offer more trains on the Paoli/Thorndale Line.
Sunday afternoon, SEPTA put out a statement saying, “SEPTA continues to work with Amtrak, the federal government and members of the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation on the final details for the lease of rail equipment from Amtrak. This equipment, along with that from NJ Transit and MARC, would provide service enhancements for Regional Rail customers starting Monday morning
SEPTA hadn’t seen a quick fix for its regional rail issues, projecting that a majority of the fleet it has sidelined because of structural issues will remain down until at least Labor Day.ut the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority expected to add 1,700 seats Monday as transit officials close deals to lease three train sets from New Jersey and Maryland transit services and Amtrak
alternatives to Regional Rail stations and additional parking, much of it free
The rail system linking Philadelphia and its suburbs typically transports about 65,000 riders each way per day. With 13,000 fewer seats, the trains have been carrying about 35,000 to 40,000 people per day.
system status on all Septa routes
Weekend and holiday schedules will not change, because there are enough Regional Rail cars to service them.
Still, officials do not expect the problems to have a major impact on the Democratic National Convention which starts in two weeks.
Knueppel said the transit service should be able to handle the extra traffic during the July 25-28 convention because riders are expected to largely use the rail system during off-peak hours.
To get back and forth between downtown Philadelphia and the convention site, the Wells Fargo Center, delegates and others will be able to use the city’s subway system, rather than Regional Rail.
Convention committee spokesman Lee Whack said the committee has worked closely with SEPTA to secure additional travel opportunities along the Broad Street line, which runs from downtown Philadelphia to the Wells Fargo Center.
“They have committed to running an increased level of service and additional trains,” Whack said.
Philadelphia also has expanded other travel options for convention-goers by settling a dispute with the Uber ride-hailing company and permitting it to operate legally in the city through the rest of the summer.
SEPTA has not pinpointed the cause of cracks found in beams used to distribute the weight of the new rail cars to their axles.
Knueppel said the defect is costing SEPTA millions of dollars in leasing, employee overtime costs, weekly travel credits and refunds to monthly regional rail pass customers.
The agency’s legal team is reviewing its contract and warranty agreements with South Korea’s Hyundai-Rotem, the Silverliner V’s manufacturer.