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When customers choose to use Regional Rail or any SEPTA service, our goal is to provide the most pleasant travel experience possible. But that is not enough. We also need to provide a safe riding experience and environment. Safety is one of fundamental principles of the transit industry and SEPTA has committed to establish a safety first corporate culture for our employees and customers.

Customer Safety Programs

  • Established Make the Safe Choice safety program for customers
    • Conduct annual systemwide Customer Safety Day campaign centered around specific themes
    • Collateral materials support outreach efforts
      • SEPTA meet greet with Customers at stations
      • Brochures
      • Video
      • Children's Games/Educational programming
      • Carcards
  • System Safety regularly conducts Safety Blitz programs at Stations focused around safety issues relevant to location and riders
  • Safety microsite on - repository for important safety tips and information
  • Safety signage installed at stations with issues related to trespassing in active track area and directional guides for crossing at designated areas

Employee Safety Programs

  • Regular and on-going safety training for EmployeesNever too Busy for Safety Employee Safety Program
    • Tool box talks
    • Safety Briefings for Special projects and construction

  • Never Too Busy For Safety - Companion safety awareness program for SEPTA employees
    • Special companywide safety days held twice a year where all work locations gather their employees to talk about general safety issues and topics of specific importance to the activities taking place at that site
    • Regular safety meetings (Location Safety Committee)
    • Elevated Joint Health and Safety Committee to address unresolved safety concerns
    • SEPTA is partnering with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen (BLET), International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on a Confidential Close Call Reporting System (C3RS) that provides a voluntary, non-punitive approach for employees to report certain incidents and close call events that pose the risk of more serious consequences

Positive Train Control

In response to a number of very serious crashes involving commuter and freight carrier rail, the federal government passed the U.S Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, with a mandate that many freight lines and all intercity and commuter rail systems install Positive Train Control (PTC) on their systems. They set a deadline of 2015 when this work had to be completed, which was later extended to 2018. Positive Train Control is the next generation of signal safety equipment that works to further reduce the chance of human error.

We are proud to say that SEPTA is one of just a few customer Rail systems in the United States to have PTC operating in revenue service. This potentially lifesaving safety signal system is currently in operation across much of SEPTA controlled operating territory. We have been working closely with Amtrak to test and formulate our plan for the 3 lines - Paoli/Thorndale, Trenton, and Wilmington/Newark - that operate exclusively on their right of way complete to begin operating with PTC in the first half of 2017.


A PTC compliant system can:

  • Regulate train separation
  • Avoid train-to-train collisions at track crossover locations
  • Enforce line speed continuously including temporary speed restrictions
  • Protect rail worker wayside safety zones
  • Regulate grade crossings that are out of service
  • Prevent a train from running over a mainline switch set in the wrong position

Regional Rail Lines Operating Under PTC

Warminster Line 04.18.16
Fox Chase Line 05.23.16
Lansdale/Doylestown Line 06.13.16
(Doylestown to Glenside)
Chestnut Hill East Line 07.25.16
Manayunk/Norristown Line 08.15.16
Chestnut Hill West Line 08.22.16
Media/Elwyn Line 09.26.16
Airport Line 10.10.16
West Trenton Line 10.24.16
Cynwyd Line 11.21.16
Main Line Corridor (Glenside/Fern Rock) 12.12.16
Main Line Corridor (Fern Rock to 30th Street) 01.09.17