[27], In addition, unlike all other U.S. railroad commuter agencies which are a state agency operated as a leg of its corresponding Department of Transportation, SEPTA is not a state agency and is beholden primarily to the five local governments which comprise it. Service on most lines operates from 5:30 a.m. to midnight. SEPTA announced it added two regional rail lines back into service over the weekend and trains will run more frequently. 2. [8] The cost for all 120 cars is $274 million, and they were constructed in facilities located in South Philadelphia and South Korea by Hyundai Rotem. Shop.SEPTA.org is no longer available. The Arrow II are used as part of work trains, such as catenary inspection and leaf removal. At the time, the Silverliner V cars represent one-third of SEPTA's regional rail fleet.[10]. SEPTA has four major yards and facilities for the storage and maintenance of regional rail trains: SEPTA was created to prevent passenger railroads and other mass transit services from disappearing or shrinking in the region. [46] On the first day of the strike, Governor Tom Corbett asked President Barack Obama to appoint a presidential emergency board to attempt to end the labor dispute and force employees back to work. It does not include historical ownership or former commuter passenger rail stations of SEPTA, Reading Railroad, Pennsylvania Railroad, or any of their predecessors. In 2009, it was down 1% of this high, but by fiscal year 2013 ridership reached a new high of over 36 million. [14] The railroad strike lasted 108 days, and service did not resume until July 3, 1983, when the last holdout union agreed to a contract to settle from the other rail unions.[16]. This experimental Fox Chase Rapid Transit Line caused a rift in unions within the organization, adding to the March 1983 strike that lasted 108 days. The SEPTA Regional Rail system (reporting marks SEPA, SPAX) is a commuter rail network owned by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and serving the Philadelphia Metropolitan area. The Arrow II car is nearly identical to that of the Silverliner IV, but lacks the distinctive dynamic brake roof "hump" on the car, and has a "diamond" pantograph instead of the "V" pantograph used on the Silverliner. All current SEPTA equipment is compatible with the power supplies on both the ex-PRR (Amtrak-supplied) and ex-Reading (SEPTA-supplied) sides of the system; the "phase break" is at the northern entrance to the Center City commuter tunnel between Jefferson Station and Temple University Station. On the same date, service levels increased on all lines except the Chestnut Hill West and Cynwyd lines. Back to previous page. The diesel equipment was maintained at the Reading Company/Conrail owned Reading Shops, in Reading, PA. R2 – Marcus Hook was extended to Wilmington and Newark, R5 – Paoli was extended to Downingtown and Parkesburg, then later cut back to Downingtown, and later re-extended to Thorndale, This page was last edited on 25 January 2021, at 20:52. Our Regional Rail Control Center can "see" all of the trains traveling on SEPTA territory in real time, so the status information posted on TrainView is … Departing Arriving. The announcement came Monday, a day when staff callouts, some due to child care issues in the wake of school closures, led the agency to cancel 12 Regional Rail trips. You will need to have a Key Card and register it. The ACS-64 locomotives for push-pull trains arrived in 2018 and replaced AEM-7 and ALP-44 locomotives. The continuing effects of COVID-19 on the Philadelphia region has forced SEPTA to adjust expectations for the return of regional rail riders and for restoring more train service. Operations are handled by the SEPTA Railroad Division.[3]. Scroll to the right to see additional times . The only difference between SEPTA and its railroad and transit predecessors is that SEPTA eliminates services to avoid rebuilding assets, while its predecessors (PRR, Reading and Conrail) kept service running while deferring maintenance. The SEPTA Regional Rail system (reporting marks SEPA, SPAX) is a commuter rail network owned by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and serving the Philadelphia Metropolitan area. For the Accessible Transit Schedule, tab or click the link to navigate to the schedule. * All Connecting Services are SEPTA Bus, Trolley or High Speed Rail unless otherwise noted MFL = Market-Frankford Line BSL = Broad Street Line BRS = Broad-Ridge Spur Customer Service: 215-580-7800 TDD/TTY: 215-580-7853 www.septa.org LANSDALE / DOYLESTOWN LINE C. 30th Street Station. SEPTA is making a number of changes starting Monday on the Regional Rails to accommodate some much-needed reconstruction work. The first digit represents the origin/terminal. [19] Such a tunnel would improve the connectivity of the network. The first digit represents the origin/terminal. The success of the PSIC subsidy program resulted in its expanding throughout the five-county suburban area under the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Compact (SEPACT) in 1962. SEPTA retired the Silverliner II and Silverliner III cars in June 2012 and replaced them with the Silverliner V model. Paper tickets will continue to be accepted through the valid date stamped on the back and valid for 180 days from the purchase date. In 2016, the Regional Rail system had an average of 132,000 daily riders. Conrail provided commuter rail services under contract to SEPTA until January 1, 1983, when SEPTA assumed operations. To gradually accommodate Regional Rail riders to the new system, SEPTA Key turnstiles were put in place at the main stations months ago; then passengers were asked to start entering through the turnstiles and present their tickets there. Allentown–Bethlehem service ended in 1979,[16] Bethlehem-Quakertown service ended July 1, 1981, and Quakertown–Lansdale service ended July 27, 1981. Effective June 28, 2020. Find a Travel Alternate. Please visit www.SEPTAKey.org to purchase passes (Daily, Weekly and Monthly). Each train number has four digits (or three of the first digit is a zero). The transition from Conrail to SEPTA, overseen by General Manager David L. Gunn (who later became President of the New York City Transit Authority and Amtrak), was a turbulent one. In 1967, the PRR took delivery of the St. Louis-built Silverliner III cars, which featured left-hand side controls (railroad cars traditionally have right-hand side controls) and flush toilets (since removed), and were used primarily for Harrisburg-Philadelphia service. [16] The judge who heard the case, while agreeing that SEPTA probably would not be able initially to operate a full schedule, ordered the agency to keep as much train service running as possible. Each PRR line was once paired with a Reading branch and numbered from R1 to R8 (except for R4), so that one route number described two lines, one on the PRR side and one on the Reading side. [16][34][35] Other Reading lines only came as far into the city as the Fern Rock Transportation Center, where riders had to transfer to the Broad Street Line. Station Name Parameter; 9th Street Station: 9th St: 30th Street Station: 30th Street Station: 49th Street: 49th St: Airport Terminal A: Airport Terminal A: Airport Terminal B ISEPTAPHILLY.com is a great tool for planning one's travels throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. Paper tickets will continue to be accepted through the valid date stamped on the back and valid for 180 days from the purchase date. This factor is regularly influenced by the changing political winds at the state capital in Harrisburg. The era was defined by crippling strikes, engineer shortages, drastic service cuts and an abundance of mismanagement. New Britain is a FLAG STOP. West Trenton Line Regional Rail Schedule. When the suburbs expanded into what had been fields and pastures, the trip to the station required an automobile, leading commuters to remain in their cars and drive all the way into the city as a matter of convenience. The conversion was meant to increase efficiency and reduce the number of tracks needed. The text HTML schedules are times only; they do not contain many service notes printed in the PDF and paper versions of our schedules. SEPTA Regional Rail Train Numbering. Our Regional Rail Control Center can "see" all of the trains traveling on SEPTA territory in real time, so the status information on TrainView will also be real time. This decline of ridership was the result of a drawn-out strike by the railroad unions, the discontinuing of service to over 60 stations, the increase in fares during a period of decreasing gasoline prices, and the unfamiliarity of SEPTA's management in operating a commuter railroad. While Regional Rail ridership has increased about 50 percent since 2000, it accounts for just 10.62 percent of all SEPTA riders during the past decade (and just 11.5 percent of ridership in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016 — just before the Silverliner V fiasco). The SEPTA Key is expanding to fully integrate all Regional Rail riders by the beginning of November, meaning no more weekly and monthly "legacy" trailpasses. "[16] The viaduct was shut down completely from April 5 to October 3, 1992, and from May 2 to September 4, 1993, with the R6 Norristown, R7 Chestnut Hill East, and R8 Fox Chase lines suspended. In 2006, SEPTA started negotiations with Wawa Food Markets to purchase land in Wawa, Pennsylvania to build a new Park-and-Ride facility for a planned restoration of service between Elwyn and Wawa on the Media/Elwyn Line, which previously ran to West Chester. SEPTA will reduce Regional Rail service by 25% for the next two weeks and reductions are coming to city train and bus lines, too. SEPTA's railroad reporting mark SEPA is the official mark for their revenue equipment, though it is rarely seen on external markings. It is the fifth-busiest commuter railroad in the United States, and the busiest outside of the New York and Chicagometropolitan areas. The original plan for the system was made by University of Pennsylvania professor Vukan Vuchic, based on the S-Bahn commuter rail systems in Germany. The card replaced tokens, paper tickets, and paper passes. In 2002, SEPTA announced the building of 104 new Silverliner V cars to replace the Silverliner II and Silverliner III. [16], The unions then surprised SEPTA on March 15, 1983 by going on strike, still without contracts, in an action timed to coincide with an expected City Transit Division strike. The new schedules focus on weekday service improvements and are designed to improve service reliability, on-time performance and to support a track rehabilitation project along the Lansdale/DoylestownLine. [29] R3 West Chester service was truncated to Elwyn on September 19, 1986, due to unsatisfactory track beyond. SEPTA Regional Rail lines will begin some much-needed reconstruction work. The Reading filed for bankruptcy in 1971. [14] In 1990, R5 service was extended from Downingtown to Coatesville and Parkesburg. At the airport, a new bridge carries it over Interstate 95 and into the airport terminals between the baggage claim in arrivals and the check-in counters in departures. A total of 400 workers walked off the job. The Paoli/Thorndale line will only operate between Center City and Malvern, while the Lansdale/Doylestown line will only operate between Center City and Lansdale. PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Changes impacting several SEPTA Regional Rail lines are now in effect. Timetables are available in two formats - PDF and text HTML. But for many riders who get their weekly and monthly passes through … [37], The following chart shows SEPTA Regional Rail ridership from 1979–2019:[38][full citation needed][39][40][41][42][43][44], On June 14, 2014, a strike shut down SEPTA's Regional Rail service after negotiations failed between SEPTA and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Faced with the possible loss of commuter service, local business interests, politicians, and the railroad unions in Philadelphia pushed for limited government subsidization. Ridership on Regional Rail is approximately 15% of pre-pandemic levels. Accessible; Horizontal Layout; Reverse Trip; Destination Codes; Schedules; Sunday | to Doylestown. An additional consideration was avoiding crossovers on the trunk lines. Of the 13 branches, seven were originally owned and operated by the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) (later Penn Central), and six by the Reading Company. Trenton Line Regional Rail Schedule. [30] Service to Cynwyd ended altogether in 1988, but fierce political pressure brought resumed service. [28] Nonetheless, the results of decades of deferred maintenance on the Reading Viaduct between the Center City Commuter Connection and Wayne Junction continued to threaten the right-of-way. Regional Rail ridership subsequently declined in 1982 after SEPTA ceased operating diesel service. Starting in 1915, both companies electrified their busiest lines to improve the efficiency of their passenger service. Service from Cynwyd was extended to a new high-level station at Ivy Ridge in 1980, and the 52nd Street Station closed in the same year. The closure of these lines has made it increasingly difficult for Philadelphians in the Northwest to commute to and from Center City, and often means overcrowding on the Route 23 bus … Six lines are affected. State and local officials, commuters, and general observers were quick to brand SEPTA as the most inept of all the major transit agencies, though getting a handle on what exactly was the cause of its ills was historically difficult. In 2000, ridership started a slight decline due to the slow economy, but in 2003 ridership started increasing again. In late 2014, and the beginning of early 2015, SEPTA began the "Rebuilding for the Future" campaign that will replace all deteriorated rolling stock and rail lines with new, modernized, equipment, including ACS-64 locomotives, bi-level cars, and better signaling. SEPTA also uses push-pull equipment: coaches built by Bombardier, hauled by ACS-64 electric locomotives similar to those used by Amtrak. [16] The rail unions had hoped that with both the railroads and City Transit shut down, the unions could extract whatever settlement they desired. With the launch of the SEPTA Key Card Travel Wallet feature for Regional Rail, the sale of paper tickets, single trip, and 10 trip strips ended October 2, 2020. The average weekday passenger counts have not increased at the same rate as the total annual passenger counts, which may mean that weekend ridership is increasing. PSIC subsidized trains to Manayunk on the PRR's Schuylkill Branch[16] to Shawmont on the Reading Norristown line, to Fox Chase on the Reading Newtown line, and as far as Torresdale on the PRR's northeast corridor to New York City. [22] Vuchic recommended seven lines:[23]. Besides making transfers difficult, this led to congestion and reduced capacity. Trains will only stop to pick up passengers who are visible on the platform. Saturday and Sunday Regional Rail service will not change as part of the March 10 schedule change. Nonetheless, the number of subway trains needed to carry both regular Broad Street Line riders, as well as passengers transferring to the subway because of RailWorks, exceeded the capacity of the above-ground, two-track, stub-end Fern Rock terminus. Reading began electrified operation in 1931 to West Trenton, Hatboro (extended to Warminster in 1974) and Doylestown; and in 1933 to Chestnut Hill East and Norristown. In 1992, the bridge was in such poor condition that the bridge inspector actually saw the structure sag every time a train passed over the bridge; further inspection revealed that the bridge was in imminent danger of collapsing. It then sharply declined by half after SEPTA assumed operations in 1983, hitting a new low of just under 13 million passengers. This series of 14 videos covers rides on all lines of the SEPTA Regional Rail system. There are 154 active stations on the Regional Rail system (as of 2016), including 51 in the city of Philadelphia, 42 in Montgomery County, 29 in Delaware County, 16 in Bucks County, 10 in Chester County, and six outside the state of Pennsylvania (two in New Jersey and four in Delaware). For the Accessible Transit Schedule, tab or click the link to navigate to the schedule. On July 2, 2016, SEPTA announced all 120 Silverliner V cars were being removed from service due to a "serious structural defect." The Center City Commuter Connection opened in November 1984 to unite the two systems, turning the two terminal stations (Reading Terminal having been replaced by Jefferson station) into through-stations. C. Suburban Station. The SEPTA Regional Rail system is a commuter rail network serving the Philadelphia Metropolitan area. Six lines are affected. Maps. West Trenton service previously ran to Newark Penn Station; this was cut back to West Trenton on July 1, 1981, with replacement New Jersey Transit connecting service continuing until December 1982. Service to Reading Terminal ended on November 6, 1984 in anticipation of the opening of the Center City Commuter Connection, which opened on November 12, 1984. Regional Rail Conductor Engineer (Former Employee) - Philadelphia, PA - July 22, 2019 I worked as an assistant conductor for a year. Stops and their schedule times are listed in the columns. [16], Over the following year, SEPTA undertook a 10-month, $354 million (equivalent to $645 million in 2021) project to overhaul the viaduct, labeled "RailWorks. The SEPTA Key card is a smart card that can be used for fares and passes on SEPTA's transit services and Regional Rail. Paper tickets will continue to be accepted through the valid date stamped on the back and valid for 180 days from the purchase date. The city government had historically been Democratic, the four suburban counties Republican until 2019, when all four suburban counties elected Democratic leadership. Train Number. The SEPTA Regional Rail system (reporting marks SEPA, SPAX) is a commuter rail network owned by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and serving the Philadelphia Metropolitan area. The PRR lines terminated at Suburban Station; the Reading lines at Reading Terminal. Both the R3 and R4 would short turn at Wayne Junction or Suburban Station (as would some R7 trains), which cut against the diametrical principle. time of day, origin/terminal, and day of the week. With insufficient operating funds and a desire to avoid maintaining deteriorating lines, SEPTA cut various services throughout the 1980s. Photo credit SEPTA. "[33], DVARP said that SEPTA purposely truncated service and that while other commuter railroad counterparts "in North America expand their rail services, SEPTA is the only one continuing to cut and cut and cut. [45][46] As a result of the strike, SEPTA planned to add additional capacity on bus, subway, and trolley routes along with the Norristown High Speed Line during off-peak hours. Lansdale/Doylestown Line Regional Rail Schedule. SEPTA suspended six Regional Rail lines and adjusted some routes when it implemented its Lifeline Service Schedule in April, as the region was in the thick of the pandemic. [16] During peak hours, SEPTA ran several diesel trains from the Reading side branches, along non-electrified Conrail trackage, to 30th Street Station. Heretofore the Pennsylvania and Reading trains had terminated in their respective terminals. Maps shared with officials showing possible Regional Rail cuts can't be found on SEPTA's website. [16] Ending a major line involved hearings before the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC), the predecessor to the Surface Transportation Board, which moved at a glacial pace and was capricious in the matter of approval, requiring one railroad to continue operating a local train on a route covered by four other trains while allowing another to discontinue a well-patronized train that had no competing lines. As of 2012, all cars have a blended red-and-blue SEPTA window logo and "ditch lights" that flash at grade crossings and when "deadheading" through stations, as required by Amtrak for operations on the Northeast and Keystone Corridors. This would reduce congestion at the downtown stations, as very few trains would terminate or originate at them, and reduce the number of potential passenger transfers as each train reached more destinations. Times for SEPTA in all directions `` Blueliner '' and PRR-era Pioneer III/Silverliner I coachers retired. 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