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When customers choose to use Regional Rail or any SEPTA service, our goal is to provide the most pleasant travel experience possible. But that is not enough. We also need to provide a safe riding experience and environment. Safety is one of fundamental principles of the transit industry and SEPTA has committed to establish a safety first corporate culture for our employees and customers.

Customer Safety Programs

The annual Make the Safe Choice Customer Safety Day was held on May 17, 2017. This year's program highlighted the theme Respect the Train with SEPTA employees out at Regional Rail, Market Frankford, and Broad Street Line Stations talking to customers about the importance of safety on and around the SEPTA system. A special event was also held at Primos Station.

Make the Safety Choice 2017 Customer Safety Day

Make the Safety Choice 2017 Customer Safety Day

Make the Safety Choice 2017 Customer Safety Day

  • Make the Safe Choice established as a safety awareness and education program for customers
    • Conduct annual systemwide Customer Safety Day campaign centered around specific themes
    • Collateral materials support outreach efforts
      • SEPTA meet greet with Customers at stations
      • Brochures
      • Video
      • Children's Games/Educational programming
      • Carcards
  • System Safety regularly conducts Safety Blitz programs at Stations focused around safety issues relevant to location and riders
  • Safety microsite on - repository for important safety tips and information
  • Safety signage installed at stations with issues related to trespassing in active track area and directional guides for crossing at designated areas

Employee Safety Programs

  • Regular and on-going safety training for EmployeesNever too Busy for Safety Employee Safety Program
    • Tool box talks
    • Safety Briefings for Special projects and construction

  • Never Too Busy For Safety - Companion safety awareness program for SEPTA employees
    • Special companywide safety days held twice a year where all work locations gather their employees to talk about general safety issues and topics of specific importance to the activities taking place at that site
    • Regular safety meetings (Location Safety Committee)
    • Elevated Joint Health and Safety Committee to address unresolved safety concerns
    • SEPTA is partnering with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen (BLET), International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on a Confidential Close Call Reporting System (C3RS) that provides a voluntary, non-punitive approach for employees to report certain incidents and close call events that pose the risk of more serious consequences
    • Next Employee Safety Day - February 21, 2018

Positive Train Control

On Monday, May 1, 2017, we reached an important milestone in our safety program when we activated our equipment on the Paoli/Thorndale, Trenton, and Wilmington/Newark Regional Rail Lines and begin operation under Amtrak's Positive Train Control system. With this completed the last piece of our Positive Train Control program work is now focused on the boundary locations between the two systems - where SEPTA service abuts Amtrak. Working with partners at Amtrak, anticipate completing this final phase of PTC in first half of 2018.

At the end of May, SEPTA was awarded a $5.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to support implementation and maintenance of PTC on the Media/Elwyn Line for a project to restore service between Elwyn and Wawa.


A PTC compliant system can:

  • Regulate train separation
  • Avoid train-to-train collisions at track crossover locations
  • Enforce line speed continuously including temporary speed restrictions
  • Protect rail worker wayside safety zones
  • Regulate grade crossings that are out of service
  • Prevent a train from running over a mainline switch set in the wrong position

SEPTA is proud to be one of just a few customer Rail systems in the United States to have PTC operating in revenue service. We greatly appreciate your support and cooperation as we've worked to bring this important safety system to our Regional Rail network and we ask for the continued patience of our customers as PTC is introduced on their Line.

Regional Rail Lines Operating Under PTC

Warminster Line 04.18.16
Fox Chase Line 05.23.16
Lansdale/Doylestown Line 06.13.16
(Doylestown to Glenside)
Chestnut Hill East Line 07.25.16
Manayunk/Norristown Line 08.15.16
Chestnut Hill West Line 08.22.16
Media/Elwyn Line 09.26.16
Airport Line 10.10.16
West Trenton Line 10.24.16
Cynwyd Line 11.21.16
Main Line Corridor (Glenside/Fern Rock) 12.12.16
Main Line Corridor (Fern Rock to 30th Street) 01.09.17
Paoli/Thorndale 05.01.17
Trenton 05.01.17
Wilmington/Newark 05.01.17