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Positive Train Control Update

August 17, 2016

We reached another milestone in our Positive Train Control (PTC) rollout with Regional Rail Line number 5 -- the Manayunk/Norristown Line - going into operation on Monday, August 15. That number will almost immediately grow to 6 when the Chestnut Hill West Line begins service with this important safety system on Monday, August 22.

While we continue to coordinate closely with Amtrak on testing and preparations to operate our vehicles, under their PTC system, on the Paoli/Thorndale, Trenton, and Wilmington/Newark Regional Rail Lines SEPTA Engineering and Operations staffs are working to develop the sequencing for the launch of the remaining Lines.
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

We greatly appreciate your support and cooperation as we work 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.

Regional Rail Lines Operating Under PTC

1. Warminster Line 04.18.16

2. Fox Chase Line 05.23.16

3. Lansdale/Doylestown Line 06.13.16

  • (Doylestown to Glenside)

4. Chestnut Hill East Line 07.25.16

5. Manyunk/Norristown Line 08.15.16

6. Chestnut Hill West Line 08.22.16

Previous Positive Train Control Updates

July 21 Positive Train Control Update

June Positive Train Control Update

Service Between Doylestown and Glenside Stations Operating Under PTC

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