SEPTA Taking Extra Care to Keep Fleet Running This Winter

SEPTA is taking a proactive approach to ensure its bus and rail fleets keep running through the dredges of the winter season.

The transit authority plans to do preventive maintenance on buses three times more often this winter. That maintenance will include ensuring air compressors that operate bus components stay clean and clear of snow and other moisture.

"We're gonna change the filters, clean these components, make sure they're all functioning property to avoid [problems] from happening in the future," said Mike Wright, SEPTA bus maintenance officer.

Last winter, SEPTA had issues with buses breaking down due to the persistent snow and ice that blanketed the area for months.

Buses typically undergo maintenance every 3,000 miles, but officials waited longer last year causing problems.

On the rails, SEPTA said it has added new engine motors to rail and trolley cars. Harsh weather can cause the motors to lose power over time, officials said.

"Really it was a teaching moment for us," said SEPTA Motor Shop Maintenance Director Donnell Copeland. "So in the event that we do have a winter like we did last year, we'll be able to get through it."

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