Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Serving Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties

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Creating a Regional Rail schedule requires much more than identifying a start time for a trip and calculating time points for each station stop. Timetables are built by culling data from the Control Center and daily operational reporting, crew observations, customer comments and feedback and scheduling the work runs for hundreds of Rail employees who deliver our daily service. Add to this, Amtrak integration issues and changing service conditions resulting from the many maintenance and construction projects now possible by our robust, Act 89 funded capital program. Put this together and you have a complex effort to mesh all these elements into a schedule to run service for 13 Regional Rail Lines.

Issues and Major Initiatives Impacting Current Schedules

  • Positive Train Control implementation
  • Dwell times due to increased ridership, especially at low-level platforms
  • Improved SEPTA/Amtrak schedule coordination
  • Capital project coordination management
  • More efficient fleet utilization

Since December of 2015, the Regional Rail Service Planning Department completed the re-pairing of the Airport Line, implemented major weekday and weekend service adjustments to address congestion and performance issues, trip time adjustments for Lines operating on Amtrak territory, and train run time adjustments required as part of the Positive Train Control implementation.

Schedule Changes

September 10, 2017

The September schedule change focused on service adjustments for the Paoli/Thorndale, Lansdale/Doylestown, Warminster, and Cynwyd Lines

January 14, 2018

The January 2018 schedule change included weekday adjustments to train departure times for all lines except Cynwyd. Significant adjustments to the Paoli/Thorndale, Trenton, and Wilmington/Newark Lines implemented to improve performance of SEPTA service operating on Amtrak territory.