SEPTA

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

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INFRASTRUCTURE

SEPTA was created in 1964 and in 1984, the region's commuter rail lines came under the SEPTA umbrella. As part of this transition, the Authority inherited the assets of these Rail systems, much of which dated from the 19th century. Failures due to the age of this equipment have the potential to cause service delays and could, in the more pivotal instances - major substations and interlockings - bring Regional Rail to a standstill. For decades the challenge has been to modernize and replace critical infrastructure in the face of significant underfunding for capital investment. Passage of State Act 89, along with funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), including special grants through the Emergency Relief Program for Resiliency initiatives now makes it possible to prioritize and increase the number of state of good repair and system upgrade projects.


Switch/Track Reliability

  • Coordinated efforts to improve track reliability by focusing on tie replacement work, switch maintenance/replacement, and tree cutting
    • Additional resources allocated to establish another dedicated Switch/Track Gang
      • 6 track workers/1 foreman
    • Crew moves across system completing projects
  • No track slow orders currently in place except where maintenance or improvement projects are taking place
    • Work Program:
      • Three (3) critical switching locations - Wayne, Hunt, & Schuylkill - identified as having the greatest number of failures
        • Remedial work completed
        • Priority to complete upgrade/replacement
        • 44% reduction in failures achieved just with initial repairs
  • Tie work recently completed for West Trenton Line
    • Project on-going to complete Mainline tie work between Fern Rock to Jenkintown


Communications & Signal Systems

  • Fiber Optics installed across entire rail network for improved communications infrastructure
  • Final stages of implementation for Positive Train Control
    • In-house and 3rd party forces involved in the cutover of this state-of-the art signal system


Signal Bridge


Catenary Replacement Work

Reconfigured program to address catenary reliability problems on the West Trenton Line. Forces working day and night to complete work.

188 Miles of Catenary have been replaced out of 255.5 total miles.

  • In house SEPTA Forces: Replaced 147 Miles
  • Contractor Forces: Replaced 39 Miles


Substation Rehabilitation

Substation Rehabilitation

Amtrak Substation 1A
Replaced with new 30th St. Substation


Rehabilitated Lenni Substation

Railroad Substations
Completed: 6
Under Construction:
5
In Design:
7


Bridges & Viaducts

Crum Creek Viaduct Replacement


  • Additional bridge and viaduct replacement work completed for Cobbs, Darby, and Ridley Creek Viaducts and Chestnut Hill West Bridge 0.35
    • Slow orders removed from all of these locations


High-Level Platforms

  • High-Level Platforms important for customer travel and operational efficiencies
    • Establishes ADA access and compliance
    • Shortens dwell times at stations and improves overall travel time for customers


9th Street High-Level Platform

Projects Completed:

  • Fortuna


Projects Currently Under Construction

  • Yardley, Exton, Levittown, Bala, Wynnefield and Secane


Projects In Design:

  • Conshohocken, Lawndale, Ardmore, Villanova, Jenkintown, and Noble


Resiliency

  • Improvement work being undertaken to harden core infrastructure and power systems vulnerable in severe weather conditions. FTA grant funding became available as a result of the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 passed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Regional Rail projects include:
    • Railroad Signal Power Reinforcement - reinforce signal power across Regional Rail network by replacing non-insulated cable and aging power distribution systems vulnerable to extreme weather
    • Jenkintown Area Flood Mitigation Project - study and implement improvements to the hydrologic conditions at Jenkintown, a key Regional Rail network hub
    • Manayunk/Norristown Line Shoreline Stabilization Project - stabilize 2.45 miles of flood-prone railroad right of way adjacent to the Schuylkill River
    • Railroad Embankment & Slope Stabilization Projects - stabilize and harden soil and rocks slopes at railroad cuts serving Media/Elwyn, Airport, Lansdale/Doylestown, Warminster, and West Trenton Lines