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Positive Train Control Update

Thursday, April 7, 2016

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has given SEPTA written authorization to commence Provisional Revenue Service Operations for our Positive Train Control (PTC) system.

As reported in previous updates, our plan is to launch the PTC program on the Warminster Regional Rail Line. Now with FRA approval, we will implement PTC Revenue Service Operations on this Line on Monday, April 18, 2016, beginning with the first scheduled train.

SEPTA has a strong commitment to safety and the introduction of the Advanced Civil Speed Enforcement System (ACSES) as a PTC compliant system on our Regional Rail network is an important milestone in our on-going efforts on behalf of our customers, employees, and neighbors.

We are the first commuter railroad operation in the country to implement ACSES and an important part of our PTC rollout program will be continuing to work cooperatively with Amtrak regarding the operations of our trains, under ACSES, on their PTC equipped lines.

Getting to this point has taken an extensive and intensive period of testing to ensure that every aspect of the system meets the guidelines established by the FRA and our own reliability requirements for this critical safety system.

To fully prepare for the April 18th service day, we will operate shuttle buses in place of Warminster Line service on Sunday, April 17, 2016 in order to conduct one last round of checks and testing of the PTC system and our Rail equipment.

We ask for your full cooperation and support as we rollout this vital safety improvement.

Previous Positive Train Control Updates

March 18, 2016 Positive Train Control Update

February 26, 2016 Positive Train Control Update

February 19, 2016 Positive Train Control Update

January 2016 Positive Train Control Update

November 2015 Positive Train Control Update

June 2015 Positive Train Control Update