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Accessibility | Silverliner V

The Silverliner V rail cars will meet or exceed all ADAAG requirements. The design of these cars respond directly to continuous input from the regional disability community, with whom SEPTA works closely with when procuring new customer equipment.

Five years of ongoing consultation with the Advisory Committee for Accessible Transportation (SAC), representing the disabled community in our service region, helped develop the specifications for the Silverliner V. SEPTA and the SAC worked hand-in-hand reviewing draft specs, receiving production updates, and previewing of the test cars to determine the usability and accessibility.


Train cars, door openings, and wheelchair berths are sized to accommodate ADAAG Common Wheelchair (30" x 48")

Entrances located along the car, rather than at the ends, permit quick boarding and exiting by all, ambulatory or wheelchair users, and accommodate boarding from full high level platforms, low level platforms, and mini-highs

Audio and visual door closing alerts are provided

Accessible path into rail cars is marked on each car exterior with the International Symbol of Accessibility (wheelchair symbol)

Each car features priority seating for persons with disabilities, appropriately identified.

Two wheelchair berths are provided in each car, next to doors for easy access. At the request of the disability community, wheelchair spaces are located side by side so friends can ride together

Skidproof vehicle floors safely accommodate wheelchairs even when wet. The material used was field-tested by the disability community

Wheelchair areas feature passenger assistance intercom buttons for communication during emergencies

Larger windows and in-car and external lighting give added light and enhanced visibility, as well as meeting the needs of riders with low vision

Cars feature automated, electronic audio and visual line, destination and station announcements and displays inside and outside cars. External speakers announce rail line and destination to customers waiting on the platform. These systems are synchronized using GPS.

In the engineer's cab and each car, diagnostic terminals governing car and train systems (ex. door openers, automated station announcements, HVAC) will log any malfunctions, display a fault light to alert crew members, and facilitate trouble-shooting and repair

At the request of the disability community, SEPTA uses bright yellow in our vehicles and facili-ties to alert and guide customers. Each new Silverliner car features glow-in-the-dark yellow striping down each side of the aisle to guide riders to emergency exits and yellow will be used to give visual cues throughout cars

Formatting of signage, notice boards and system information meets all ADA requirements

SEPTA's on-going effort to maintain an accessible Regional Rail system includes ADA training for crew members, undercover accessibility monitoring, aggressive maintenance of station elevators, and customer communications accessible to all of our riding public.