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SEPTA Regional Rail Contingency Plan For Silverliner V Defect Issue

TMA News, Transit News | July 4th, 2016

SEPTA has announced that defects were discovered on its fleet of Silverliner V Railroad cars, which prompted the immediate removal of the 120 Silverliner V cars from service. These 120 cars represent approximately 1/3 of the Regional Rail fleet and account for approximately 13,000 available seats for SEPTA customers. Since these cars make multiple trips during the morning and evening peak periods the impact to SEPTA customers is substantial.

SEPTA is posting Regional Rail interim weekday schedule enhancements on its website at http://www.septa.org/service/contingency.html

With the absence of the Silverliner V cars from the fleet all trains will remain very crowded. Based on the reduced seating capacity and out of a concern for the safe travel of customers, some trains may not be able to stop to pick up additional riders at some stations. Given these conditions, SEPTA is asking customers to consider using SEPTA transit services as an alternate to Regional Rail. Alternate travel options are posted at: http://www.septa.org/service/contingency.html

SEPTA did announce on August 3 timeline for the return of Silverliner V rail cars. 

Please use the SEPTA TrainView page as well for a status report for all Regional Rail trains on the system. You can also use use the SEPTA Next To Arrive (NTA) tool to look up train times: http://app.septa.org/nta/

Starting Monday, August 1, 2016, during PM travel hours (3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.) all fares will be collected or validated, before customers go to the platform area at Temple, Jefferson, Suburban, 30th, & University City Regional Rail Stations. Fare Collection personnel will be stationed by each stairway. Once the fare has been validated or collected, customers will be able to proceed directly to the train platform and all stairways will be open. More info on this available here: http://www.septa.org/service/contingency.html#fares

TMA Bucks will provide any SEPTA updates as we receive them on our Twitter account: @tmabucks

Rushbus service update information has been posted here and updates are available on Twitter: @rushbus

We also encourage those who are able to telecommute to do so. DVRPC has information on working from home here.

We also recommend commuters look into car pooling and to check out the DVRPC Share-A-Ride program. If traveling on Interstate 95 please check out 95Revive.com for up-to-date travel advisories.