SEPTA

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Serving Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties

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SEPTA PTC Strategy


SEPTA was one of the early transit systems to mobilize their PTC installation efforts, thanks in large measure to the SEPTA Board's commitment, even during a time when capital funding availability was at an historical low, to approve the recommendation from staff to make PTC implementation a priority. With this support the Authority moved quickly to develop a comprehensive work strategy; assemble a dedicated project team (SEPTA and Consultants); and garner the full support of individuals from across the organization to get the work done.

Completing the installation of PTC for a system as complex and widespread as SEPTA was, and continues to be, a hard and challenging project. First it required significant changes to four individual systems – Signals, Communications, Vehicles, and the Control Center – and then involved the full integration each of these components to function in perfect unison. To achieve this, SEPTA took the following measures:

  • In-house forces completed Automatic Train Control (ATC) construction efforts – doubled effort to two branch lines at a time
  • 3rd Party Contractor performed labor intensive trenching work for ATC
  • Modified In-House Fiber Optic Cable Installation Program
  • Hired Consultant to do Preliminary Design
  • Hired 3rd Party Contractor for Final Design and Construction
  • Performed branch line modernization efforts simultaneously with PTC


Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 October 2008
PTC Design Consultant Solicitation Issued May 2009
PTC Design Commenced November 2009
220Mhz Spectrum Purchased July 2010
PTC Implementation Plan Filed October 2010
Electronic Data Survey Contract Issued May 2011
PTC Design Completed August 2011
PTC Contract Notice-To-Proceed Issued April 2012
Commence Wayside Installations April 2013
PTC Wayside Factory Acceptance Test September 2013
Vehicle Equip. Factory Acceptance Test October 2013
Passage of Pennsylvania Act 89 Transit Funding Legislation
November 2013
Vehicle Prototype Test Track Constructed February 2014
Commence Vehicle Installations April 2014
Complete Wayside Installations (C&S) October 2014
Commence Employee Training
March 2015
Remote Control Center Installed August 2015
Complete Vehicle Installations October 2015
PTC Safety Plan Filed
October 2015
Complete Employee Training February 2016