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

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PLANNING & SCHEDULING

Creating a Regional Rail schedule requires much more than identifying a start time for a trip and calculating time points for each station stop. Timetables are built by culling data from the Control Center and daily operational reporting, crew observations, customer comments and feedback and scheduling the work runs for hundreds of Rail employees who deliver our daily service. Add to this, Amtrak integration issues and changing service conditions resulting from the many maintenance and construction projects now possible by our robust, Act 89 funded capital program. Put this together and you have a complex effort to mesh all these elements into a schedule to run service for 13 Regional Rail Lines.


Issues and Major Initiatives Impacting Current Schedules

  • Positive Train Control implementation
  • Dwell times due to increased ridership, especially at low-level platforms
  • Improved SEPTA/Amtrak schedule coordination
  • Capital project coordination management
  • More efficient fleet utilization


Positive Train Control (PTC) is a critical initiative designed to enhance the safety of the system. SEPTA is proud to be one of the first major commuter rail operators in the nation to have this signal safety equipment installed but there are some operational impacts with this system.

Major Schedule Changes to Date

April 23, 2017 Schedule Change

The April 23rd schedule changes focus on weekend service adjustments and time adjustments on SEPTA services operating on Amtrak lines to support the final implementation phase of Positive Train Control (May 1, 2017).


January 29, 2017 Schedule Change

The January 29th schedule change expanded on the weekday adjustments made in December 2016 and focused on addressing congestion, the continued implementation of Positive Train Control, and train run times.