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. Saturday and Sunday Regional Rail service will not change as part of the March 10 schedule change. [16] The rail unions had hoped that with both the railroads and City Transit shut down, the unions could extract whatever settlement they desired. [30] Service to Cynwyd ended altogether in 1988, but fierce political pressure brought resumed service. New SEPTA Regional Rail schedules will go into effect on Sunday, March10, 2019. Additional information: WARMINSTER LINE has 13 stations and the total trip duration for this route is approximately 36 minutes. Photo credit SEPTA. 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. Ordered in March 2017 with options for 10 more cars. "[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. Most inbound trains from one line continue on as outbound trains on another line. [16] In 1958, the city enacted the Philadelphia Passenger Service Improvement Corporation (PSIC), which consisted of a partnership with the Reading and PRR to subsidize service on both Chestnut Hill branches. [14] In 1990, R5 service was extended from Downingtown to Coatesville and Parkesburg. A total of 400 workers walked off the job. Key Cards and products can also be purchased from machines located at every subway/elevated … 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. Williams questioned why there has never been any massive public push to force SEPTA to "clean up its act." 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. [29] R3 West Chester service was truncated to Elwyn on September 19, 1986, due to unsatisfactory track beyond. If SEPTA was trying to get the most ridership bang for its capital buck, Regional Rail would not be the way to go. SEPTA Regional Rail train - this particular one is an R2 Newark (Delaware) train stopped at the Prospect Park-Moore station, in Prospect Park, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, south of Philadelphia. [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. Service on most lines operates from 5:30 a.m. to midnight. In 1990, the Reading-era "Blueliner" and PRR-era Pioneer III/Silverliner I coachers were retired. [16], By the late 1950s, commuter service had become a drag on profitability for the PRR and Reading, like most railroads of the era. Stops and their schedule times are listed in the columns. Photo credit SEPTA. This series of 14 videos covers rides on all lines of the SEPTA Regional Rail system. [46] A short time after 7 p.m. on June 14, President Obama signed an executive order forcing workers to return and continue negotiations through the presidential emergency board. 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 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. Copyright SEPTA | All rights Reserved, 1234 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, Service to Philadelphia International Airport, Clickable Regional Rail & Rail Transit Map, Train Suspended Or Significantly Delayed? SEPTA's creation provided government subsidies to such operations and thus kept them from closing down. 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. Ever-growing use of the SEPTA Key is in full swing on Regional Rail trains. Service to Chestnut Hill West was picked up by the R8. Commuter service requires large amounts of equipment, large numbers of employees to operate equipment and station sites, and large amounts of maintenance on track that see extremely heavy usage for only six hours a day, five days a week. You will need to have a Key Card and register it. In 2009, it was down 1% of this high, but by fiscal year 2013 ridership reached a new high of over 36 million. West Chester/Elwyn to Wayne Junction/Suburban Station, Bryn Mawr to Wayne Junction/Suburban Station. Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Serving Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties In later years, SEPTA became more flexible in order to cope with differences in ridership on various lines. PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)-- SEPTA is making a number of changes starting today on the regional rails that could affect your trip. 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. 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. [16] This resulted in limited service after January 1, 1983 on all the Reading lines and the heavily patronized PRR Paoli line. [49] Wilmington/Newark Line service as far as Wilmington resumed on May 10, 2020 as part of the Southwest Connection Improvement Program, while service was suspended along the Media/Elwyn Line on the same date. SEPTA Developers Real Time Data Static Data Beta. Operations are handled by the SEPTA Railroad Division.[3]. SEPTA uses a mixed fleet of General Electric and Hyundai Rotem "Silverliner" electric multiple unit (EMU) cars, used on all Regional Rail lines. Please visit www.SEPTAKey.org to purchase passes (Daily, Weekly and Monthly). With insufficient operating funds and a desire to avoid maintaining deteriorating lines, SEPTA cut various services throughout the 1980s. Some of these trains operate on SEPTA controlled track and some on Amtrak territory. Six lines are affected. 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. Regional Rail ridership subsequently declined in 1982 after SEPTA ceased operating diesel service. Regional Rail service will begin operating Lifeline Service on April 9, 2020. SEPTA Regional Rail service resumed on June 15. 3. The era was defined by crippling strikes, engineer shortages, drastic service cuts and an abundance of mismanagement. [50] The West Trenton Line and Paoli/Thorndale Line service to Thorndale resumed on June 15, 2020. The PRR lines terminated at Suburban Station; the Reading lines at Reading Terminal. Allentown–Bethlehem service ended in 1979,[16] Bethlehem-Quakertown service ended July 1, 1981, and Quakertown–Lansdale service ended July 27, 1981. 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. They used an overhead catenary trolley wire energized at 11,000 volts single-phase alternating current at 25 Hertz (Hz). Riders instead will be required to pay their fares using the SEPTA Key Travel Wallet. [16] This was not enough to reverse the deterioration of the railroad infrastructure. [16] SEPTA, however, settled with the transit union shortly before its strike deadline, a move that rail unions took as a betrayal. [32], SEPTA management was criticized for the cuts. Accessible; Horizontal Layout; Reverse Trip; Destination Codes; Schedules; Sunday | to Doylestown. 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. Regional Rail; Market-Frankford Line; Broad Street Line; Trolley Lines; Norristown High Speed Line; Buses; CCT Connect; Google Transit. The rail lines below will CONTINUE IN OPERATION following the schedules in effect, except as noted below: When the Philadelphia suburbs were small towns, people lived close enough to a train station to walk to and from the trains. [2], The core of the Regional Rail system is the Center City Commuter Connection, a tunnel linking three Center City stations: the above-ground upper level of 30th Street Station, the underground Suburban Station, and Jefferson Station (formerly Market East Station). 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. Heretofore the Pennsylvania and Reading trains had terminated in their respective terminals. You will need to have a Key Card and register it. [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. [28] This line runs along Amtrak's NEC, then crosses over onto Reading tracks that pass close to the airport. 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. Ridership on Regional Rail is approximately 15% of pre-pandemic levels. In 1966 SEPTA had contracts with the PRR and Reading to continue commuter rail services in the Philadelphia region. Train Number. 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. In December 1984, a temporary bridge opened, allowing service to resume north of Market East Station. Quick Links. [16], A lawyer who regularly commuted from Newtown on the Fox Chase Rapid Transit line filed a class action lawsuit against SEPTA to force the agency to keep trains running. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has issued a combined Final Environmental Impact Statement/Record of Decision (FEIS/ROD) permitting Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to continue design and construction of the 3.5-mile, five-station King of Prussia (Pa.) Rail extension of the Norristown High Speed Line (NHSL). [16] Even with the unions' offers to continue working, SEPTA insisted that a brief shutdown of service would still be necessary, arguing that it would not know until the eleventh hour how many Conrail employees would actually come to work for SEPTA. Service to these lines has since been restored, with the exception of the Chestnut Hill West and Cynwyd lines.. A current listing of who currently owns the regional rail stations to which SEPTA service is currently operated. The ACS-64 locomotives for push-pull trains arrived in 2018 and replaced AEM-7 and ALP-44 locomotives. Construction is under way on a $177.9 million project that will enable SEPTA to restore service on the Media/Elwyn Regional Rail Line from its current terminus at Elwyn Station to Wawa. 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. [citation needed], At a later time, R1 was applied to the former Reading side, shared with the R2 and R5 lines to Glenside, and R3 to Jenkintown, and R1-Airport trains ran to Glenside rather than becoming R3 trains to West Trenton. SEPTA adjusting service on six regional rail lines PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- SEPTA is making a number of changes starting today on the regional rails that could affect your trip. The connection converted Suburban Station into a through-station and rerouted Reading trains down a steep incline and into a tunnel that turns sharply west near the new Market East Station (now Jefferson Station). Starting in 1915, both companies electrified their busiest lines to improve the efficiency of their passenger service. "[29], On November 16, 1984, the Columbia Avenue (now Cecil B. Moore Avenue) bridge near old Temple University Station was found to be unsafe, putting all four tracks out of service north of Market East Station. But for many riders who get their weekly and monthly passes through … [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]. [15] The PRR electrified the Paoli line in 1915, the Chestnut Hill West line in 1918, and the Media/West Chester and Wilmington lines in 1928. In 2016, the Regional Rail system had an average of 132,000 daily riders. A mild recession in 1992–1994 also dampened ridership, but a booming economy in the late 1990s helped increase ridership to near the peak level of 1980. [25] This connection was never built, leading (among other factors) to the following changes: One of the assumptions in this plan was that ridership would increase after the connection was open. [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. While recent rises in oil prices have resulted in increased rail ridership for daily commuters, many off-peak trains run with few riders. It is the fifth-busiest commuter railroad in the United States, and the busiest outside of the New York and Chicago metropolitan areas. Both railroads continued electrifying lines into the 1930s, replacing trains pulled by steam locomotives with electric multiple unit cars and locomotives. SEPTA to increase regional rail service beginning on Monday. The site is full of ideas for places to visit - all accessible by SEPTA, lists of discounts for SEPTA pass holders and links to SEPTA schedules, maps and a trip planner. This city would be the first in the world to do that. Trenton Line Regional Rail Schedule. [14] On April 28, 1985, the Airport Line opened, providing service from Suburban Station via 30th Street Station to Philadelphia International Airport. This was ultimately deemed more confusing than helpful, so on July 25, 2010, SEPTA dropped the R-number and color-coded route designators and changed dispatching patterns so fewer trains follow both sides of the same route.[4]. Now Zone 1 and 2 riders will officially be using the turnstiles, tapping their Key cards to “wake up” the Key for the ride. [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. Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Serving Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties Timetables are available in two formats - PDF and text HTML. Schedules. Similarly designed cars were purchased in 1963 as Silverliner II units. [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. Fares. Instead, ridership dropped after the 1983 strike. The bulk of the fleet are Silverliner IV coaches built by General Electric in Erie with carshells from Avco and Canadian Vickers; these were delivered in 1973–76, before the formation of Conrail. "[27] Williams later commented that "unfortunately, there does not seem to be any group out there influential enough to bring shame on SEPTA, and SEPTA just may be beyond shaming anyway."[27]. Between 1979 and 1983, diesel locomotives were phased out. It was a very fast paced job that took a lot to get used to. The Amtrak system was originally built by the PRR between 1915 and 1938. The conversion was meant to increase efficiency and reduce the number of tracks needed. [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. 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. With the opening of the tunnel, Pennsylvania trains would run through the tunnel on to matched Reading lines, and vice versa. [24] To correct this, Vuchich proposed the construction of a connection in the Swampoodle neighborhood between the ex-Pennsylvania Chestnut Hill West Line and the ex-Reading trunk line west of Wayne Junction as part of Stage 2, moving the Chestnut Hill West line to the "Reading" side. On the same date, service levels increased on all lines except the Chestnut Hill West and Cynwyd lines. And lastly, the Airport line will operate only every two hours. He concluded that the crisis within SEPTA "merely reflects the broader problems of local provincialism and petty political squabbles which are so rampant within the region. The system has 13 branches and more than 150 active stations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, its suburbs and satellite towns and cities. The push-pull equipment is used primarily for peak express service because it accelerates slower than EMU equipment, making it less suitable for local service with close station spacing and frequent stops and starts. [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. [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. This browser does not have Javascript enabled. However, on November 10, 1996, R5 service to Parkesburg was truncated to Downingtown. SEPTA warns that it will have to eliminate Regional Rail lines in the next decade without sustainable funding. SEPTA has a new perk for passengers ages 65 and older, offering free Regional Rail rides for senior citizens.. RELATED STORIES; Art installation to bring colorful, SEPTA … R6 Ivy Ridge service was truncated to Cynwyd on May 17, 1986, due to concerns about the Manayunk Bridge over the Schuylkill River. It is the fifth-busiest commuter railroad in the United States, and the busiest outside of the New York and Chicagometropolitan areas. On the Regional Rail, SEPTA is suspending the Chestnut Hill East, Chestnut Hill West, Cynwyd, Manayunk/Norristown, West Trenton and Wilmington Newark lines. [28] The tunnel, first proposed in the 1950s, is an underground connection between PRR and Reading lines; previously, PRR commuter trains terminated at Suburban Station and Reading at Reading Terminal. The system on the former PRR side is owned and operated by Amtrak, part of the electrification of the Northeast Corridor. Paper tickets will continue to be accepted through the valid date stamped on the back and valid for 180 days from the purchase date. SPAX can be seen on non-revenue work equipment, including boxcars, diesel locomotives, and other rolling stock. Numbers were assigned to the Pennsylvania lines in order from south (Airport) to northeast (Trenton); the Reading line matches were chosen to balance ridership, the physical characteristics of the lines, and the location of yards. As of March 2013, all 120 cars have been delivered, and are in service. 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). 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. 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. At the time, the Silverliner V cars represent one-third of SEPTA's regional rail fleet.[10]. Pairing up the rail lines based on ridership is less relevant today than it was when the system was implemented. The death knell for any resumption of diesel service was the Center City Commuter Connection tunnel project, which lacks the necessary ventilation for exhaust-producing locomotives.[18]. From a train's number (published in the timetable), you can figure out the line, direction, approx. 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. Find a Travel Alternate. Some of these trains operate on SEPTA controlled track and some on Amtrak territory. While the agency has spent most of its 50-year history staggering from crisis to crisis, the 1980s were a particularly low point. [21], As part of the tunnel project SEPTA implemented a diametrical mode of operation. [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. Please enable Javascript in the browser settings, or use these links to plan a trip: Civil Rights Notices | The notable exception was the line to Newtown, the Reading's only suburban route not electrified. Shop.SEPTA.org is no longer available. The first digit represents the origin/terminal. Still, the subsidies could not save the big railroads. The first digit represents the origin/terminal. 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. Service to Pottsville via Reading and Norristown, also ended July 27, 1981. Vukan Vuchic, the transit expert and University of Pennsylvania professor who designed the former R-numbering system for SEPTA, said he had never seen a city the size of Philadelphia "cut transit services quite as drastically as SEPTA. 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. Back to previous page. 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. PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)-- SEPTA is making a number of changes starting today on the regional rails that could affect your trip.Six lines are affected. [14] SEPTA attempted to impose lower transit (bus and subway driver's) pay scales and work rules, which was met by resistance by the BLE (an experiment was already in place on the diesel-only Fox Chase Rapid Transit Line, which used City Transit Division employees instead of traditional railroad employees as a bargaining chip). [16] Full service was gradually restored over the next several weeks. To better view this picture, just click directly on it. SEPTA is making a number of changes starting Monday on the Regional Rails to accommodate some much-needed reconstruction work. Please visit www.SEPTAKey.org to purchase passes (Daily, Weekly and Monthly). The SEPTA Key card is a smart card that can be used for fares and passes on SEPTA's transit services and Regional Rail. As of January 24, 2021, SEPTA will be operating 463 weekday trains and 218 weekend trains, which is approximately 57 percent of pre-pandemic Regional Rail service levels. Trains will only stop to pick up passengers who are visible on the platform. 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 electrification on the Reading side is owned by SEPTA. After the original service patterns were introduced, the following termini changed:[citation needed], On July 25, 2010, the R-numbering system was dropped and each branch was named after its primary outer terminals. 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 … The services were phased out due to a number of reasons that included lack of ridership, a lack of funding outside the five-county area, withdrawal of Conrail as a contract carrier, a small pool of aging equipment that needed replacement, and a lack of SEPTA-owned diesel maintenance infrastructure. SEPTA’s spring 2020 Regional Rail schedules take effect Sunday, impacting some weekday departure times on a majority of lines in an effort to “improve service reliability and on-time performance,” according to the transportation authority.Train adjustments could range from a … This factor is regularly influenced by the changing political winds at the state capital in Harrisburg. 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