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Regional Rail Service Improvement Program

Regional Rail Service Improvement Program

NEW Program Updates: June 2017

On-Time Performance: May, April, March, February, and January Monthly On-Time
Performance Reports. MORE

Hiring & Training: Updates to engineer training and promotions. MORE

Communications: Service Emergency Response Team Project and Real Time Vehicle Location (RTVL) Project updates. MORE

Planning & Scheduling: April 2017 Regional Rail schedule changes now in effect. MORE

Fleet Upgrades: Updates on Locomotive upgrades and Frazer Shop and Yard improvements. MORE

Safety: The next Make the Safe Choice Customer Safety Day is May 17, 2017 and updates to Positive Train Control. MORE

Message to Customers

Four straight years of record breaking ridership (Fiscal Years 2013 - 2016) has demonstrated that SEPTA Regional Rail service is a segment of our business that is attractive to the region. With this growth has come great pressure on our stations, vehicles, infrastructure, and personnel and we face real challenges that impact overall customer satisfaction and loyalty:

  • Refining schedules to address travel demand, on-time performance, construction projects, and expanding markets
  • Improving real time communications
  • Maintaining a state of good repair for stations and infrastructure
  • Personnel allocation and training
  • Introducing new technology
  • Renewing and improving the service fleet
  • Redefining our partnerships with other regional train operations (Amtrak and the freight carriers)

Recent challenges including issues with the Silverliner V fleet, the onset of Slippery Rail season, the recent Transit Service Interruption, and the continued implementation of Positive Train Control individually and collectively have impacted Regional Rail performance and service. But the goal is to find solutions for specific events while building a comprehensive improvement plan that balances safety, service, and on-time performance.

We introduced this microsite to keep you updated on our work program and the steps being taken to improve and strengthen our Regional Rail operations.