Program Information

SOUTHWEST CONNECTION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

Project Extended Through Saturday, June 27, 2020

The Southwest Connection Improvement Program, extended through Saturday, June 27, 2020, will rebuild the mainline infrastructure on the Media/Elwyn Line between 30th Street Station and the Arsenal Interlocking, just below Penn Medicine Station, portions of which date more than 80 years. This track area also supports Wilmington/Newark and Airport Line services making it a critical rail connection for Southwest Philadelphia, Center City, Delaware County, and the economic vitality of the region. A special construction Regional Rail timetable will be in effect for the Wilmington Line Service; the Airport Line will operate as a Shuttle Bus service with a special construction schedule; and service on the Media/Elwyn Line will temporarily be suspended.

Overall Program Scope

  • Reconfigure and replace the existing Arsenal Interlocking (area of switches)

  • Remove the existing Walnut Interlocking and realign rail

  • Create a new Interlocking and turn back track near Penn Medicine Station

  • Replace the overhead contact system and the Overhead Catenary System structures

  • Repair/Upgrade retaining walls and structural elements inside Walnut St Tunnel

  • Repair drainage structures

Southwest Connection Improvement Program Area

SCHEDULED WORK FOR 2020
Work Taking Place During the May Outage
  • Penndot Tunnel work

  • SEPTA Bridge Inspection

  • Overhead wire work

  • Tree trimming

  • Interlocking work

What You Need To Know About Changes In Service
AIRPORT REGIONAL RAIL LINE

NO TRAIN SERVICE - SHUTTLE BUSES WILL SUBSTITUTE

  • Buses will operate following a special Southwest Connection Airport Line Schedule
    • Service operates every 2 hours

    • Buses will make stops at Airport Terminals, Eastwick, and 30th Street (under canopy at Station)

    • For travel to Penn Medicine Station, please use the Circulator or LUCY Bus Services at 30th Street Station

    • Connect at 30th Street for continuing Regional Rail service to Center City and outlying Stations

    • Outbound/Southbound arrival times at 30th Street Station (from Warminster Line):
      • 5:29 a.m., 5:59 a.m., and then every two hours through 11:29 p.m.


    • Inbound/northbound departure times from Terminal A:
      • 6:11 a.m., and 7:11 a.m., then every two hours through 10:11 p.m.; and 11:41 p.m. and 12:11 a.m.


Special Airport Line Schedule

MEDIA/ELWYN REGIONAL RAIL LINE

No Train Service During Outage

  • Travel alternates - Bus Routes 108, 109,110, 117/Trolley Routes 101, 10,11,36/Market Frankford Line or connect to the Wilmington Line. For travel alternates schedules, please click here

WILMINGTON REGIONAL RAIL LINE

Service Resumes

  • Service will operate following the Essential Service Schedule
    • Service will operate to/from Lower Level at Amtrak 30th Street Station
      • Additional train added to the schedule departing Lower Level at 11:30 p.m.
  • Train service will only operate as far as Wilmington Station
    • Trains will NOT stop at Penn Medicine Station - for retur travel use the Circulator or LUCY Bus Services at 30th Street Station
TO ACCESS THE PENN MEDICINE STATION AREA

Circulator Bus

    OPERATES BETWEEN 30TH STREET AND PENN MEDICINE STATIONS
  • Circulator Stops: 33rd & Spruce/JFK Blvd above 30th Street
    • Circulator Bus departs 30th Street at ;45 & :15 after the hour and at :15 and :45 after the hour from 33rd & Spruce
    • Circulator Bus departs at :15 after the hour and at :45 after the hour from both 30th Street and 33rd & Spruce beginning Saturday, May 30, 2020

  • All customers traveling to Penn Medicine Station, including Fox Chase, Warminster, and Wilmington Line riders will exit at 30th Street and connect with the Circulator Bus

  • Extra LUCY service, departing at :00 & :30 from 30th St & 33rd & Spruce also available, 7 days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for connections to/from University City destinations
  • Extra LUCY service, departing at :00 & :30 from 30th St & 33rd & Spruce will be discontinued beginning Saturday, May 30, 2020
  • LUCY Green/Gold Adjustments - Saturday, Sunday, Monday, May 23-25 & Saturday, May 30, 2020
    • Extra LUCY Green/Gold service departing at :00 and :30 from 30th Street & 33rd & Spruce will NOT operate on the dates noted above
TEMPORARY CHANGES TO OTHER REGIONAL RAIL SCHEDULES DURING SOUTHWEST CONNECTION
WHERE TO FIND SERVICE INFORMATION
  • Transportation Staff will be out to provide assistance and answer service and project questions.

  • Look for paper special construction timetables for Wilmington and Airport Lines

  • Look for project information, and construction schedule posters at stations

Service Information Available on the SEPTA App during the Southwest Connection Work
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