A modified interim Regional Rail schedule went into effect Tuesday as SEPTA continues to make repairs to return its Silverliner V fleet to service. The new schedules impact the following regional rail lines:
- West Trenton
The changes to the schedule include the return of trains to the entire Media/Elwyn line after the completion of the Crum Creek Viaduct Replacement Project.
SEPTA will also start their Weekday Supplemental Express Bus Service Tuesday. Express buses will operate from limited Regional Rail stations between 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. CLICK HERE to view the new Interim Weekday Regional Rail schedule and the Express Bus Service.
SEPTA has been on a modified schedule since they pulled more than 100 coaches from service just before the Fourth of July weekend after defects were found in the suspension systems of its Silverliner V fleet. Inspectors had found a fractured beam on one car and fatigue cracks on almost all other Silverliner V cars. The beams are being replaced.
The agency reports $2.5 million in lost revenue in July, and it has incurred additional costs in leased equipment from Maryland and New Jersey transit services and Amtrak.
The rail system linking Philadelphia and its suburbs has seen between a 10 and 20 percent drop in ridership compared to last year. Riders experienced delayed and packed trains when the faulty cars were removed from service.