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Positive Train Control Update

June 10, 2016

On Monday, June 13th Regional Rail service between Doylestown Station and Glenside will begin operating under the Positive Train Control (PTC) signal system, making the Lansdale/Doylestown the third line to have this important safety feature.

As with the Warminster and Fox Chase Lines, our Rail Transportation staff, train crews, vehicle and signal personnel, and the Control Center have been working together to get everything ready and we're prepared to respond to any operation and system adjustments needed.

Following Lansdale/Doylestown Line, the plan is to activate PTC on the Chestnut Hill East Line on Monday, June 27th. We also are working closely with Amtrak and anticipate operating our vehicles, under their PTC system, on the Paoli/Thorndale, Wilmington/Newark, and Trenton Regional Rail Lines in July.

The goal for making this strategic investment is to enhance safety on our Regional Rail system by being able to:

  • 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


Safety is a top business priority for SEPTA and one of the fundamental principles guiding the transit industry today. We are proud to be at the forefront of a nationwide effort to meet a federal mandate to install PTC on our Regional Rail network.

We greatly appreciate your support and cooperation as we've worked to bring this important safety system to our Regional Rail network and we ask for the continued patience of our customers as PTC is introduced on their Line.

Previous Positive Train Control Updates

Positive Train Control (PTC) System Set to Launch on Fox Chase Line

May 12, 2016 Positive Train Control Update

April 28, 2016 Positive Train Control Update

March 18, 2016 Positive Train Control Update

February 26, 2016 Positive Train Control Update

February 19, 2016 Positive Train Control Update

January 2016 Positive Train Control Update

November 2015 Positive Train Control Update

June 2015 Positive Train Control Update