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SEPTA Announces New Regional Rail Schedules

Effective Sunday, January 24; Wilmington/Newark Line Extended

January 20, 2021

SEPTA is advising customers that some changes are being made to select Regional Rail schedules starting next week. These updates will impact the Chestnut Hill East, Fox Chase, Lansdale/Doylestown, Manayunk/Norristown, Trenton, and Wilmington/Newark Lines.

New timetables will go into effect on Sunday, January 24, 2021. Below are some highlights of the upcoming service adjustments:

  • Wilmington/Newark
    SEPTA will reintroduce service to Churchman's Crossing Station and Newark Station beginning on Monday, January 25, 2021. These train extensions are sponsored by the state of Delaware and will provide public transit options during the closure and reconstruction of Interstate 95 between February 2021 and calendar year 2023. Restore the Corridor Wilmington is a significant DelDOT transportation project along the I-95 corridor in Wilmington that will make the repairs needed to extend highway and bridge life for an additional 30 years.

  • Manayunk/Norristown
    Some trains on the Manayunk/Norristown Line will be cancelled or depart earlier or later than normal due to the following projects:
    • High level station platform construction work will continue at Conshohocken Station as part of the Conshohocken Station Improvement Program. This project includes the construction of a new, fully ADA accessible station with additional parking, bike facilities, and passenger shelters.

    • Construction work for the Norristown Slope Stabilization Project will begin between Miquon Station and Spring Mill Station. This project will help prevent substantial erosion and track washouts, which can cause service delays and/or suspensions.

  • Fox Chase
    Two trains will be added to the Fox Chase Line to provide additional service for essential workers at the Fox Chase Cancer Center and Temple University Hospital – Jeanes Campus.

  • Chestnut Hill East
    Six trains will be cancelled on the Chestnut Hill East Line to allow crews to continue to perform overhead wire catenary replacement work.

The Manayunk/Norristown Line and Chestnut Hill East Line schedules also give SEPTA the ability to deploy additional resources to maintain and reconstruct the railroad right-of-way.

The Chestnut Hill West Line and Cynwyd Line will remain suspended, while all other Regional Rail schedules will remain in effect.

As of January 24, 2021, SEPTA will be operating 463 weekday trains and 218 weekend trains, which is approximately 57% of pre-pandemic Regional Rail service levels. Ridership on Regional Rail is approximately 15% of pre-pandemic levels. Additional Regional Rail service changes are planned for March 2021.

Customers are encouraged to check the schedules for their commutes at https://www.septa.org/media/rail-preview.html, or look for the schedule change alert on the official SEPTA app.

In addition to the schedule information posted online, SEPTA will continue to share real-time service updates on Twitter @SEPTA.

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