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SEPTA Taking Proactive Approach In Battling Excessive Heat

Efforts Focus On Minimizing Disruptions For Customers Throughout Transit System

May 30, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - With temperatures expected to continue to climb into the 90s through this week, SEPTA is taking a number of steps to prevent heat-related disruptions to customers.

SEPTA officials are monitoring the system for potential infrastructure-related issues that can be caused by excessive heat, such as sagging overhead power lines and track expansion. Sudden change of temperature, such as the heat wave that has resulted in a dramatic change in the region's weather this week, can create these types of service complications throughout the transit system.

To help prevent these problems, SEPTA is slightly reducing the maximum speeds for some trains. SEPTA has also stationed personnel and equipment throughout its service area to allow for quick responses to any heat-related problems that may arise.

SEPTA will post updates about any service disruptions on its Website and on Twitter. This information will also be sent simultaneously to local news media outlets, and will be broadcast in announcements to customers at SEPTA stations. In addition, riders can call SEPTA Customer Service representatives for assistance at (215) 580-7800.