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Positive Train Control Update

May 2017

On Monday, May 1, 2017, we will reach an important milestone in our safety program when we activate our equipment on the Paoli/Thorndale, Trenton, and Wilmington/Newark Regional Rail Lines and begin operation under Amtrak's Positive Train Control system. With this completed the last piece of our Positive Train Control program work will be focused on the boundary locations between the two systems - where SEPTA service abuts Amtrak.

WHY PTC IS SO IMPORTANT TO SAFETY IN AND AROUND OUR SYSTEM

  • A PTC compliant system can:

  • 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


SEPTA is proud to be one of just a few customer Rail systems in the United States to have PTC operating in revenue service. We greatly appreciate your support and cooperation as we've worked 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

Warminster Line 04.18.16
Fox Chase Line 05.23.16
Lansdale/Doylestown Line 06.13.16
(Doylestown to Glenside)
Chestnut Hill East Line 07.25.16
Manayunk/Norristown Line 08.15.16
Chestnut Hill West Line 08.22.16
Media/Elwyn Line 09.26.16
Airport Line 10.10.16
West Trenton Line 10.24.16
Cynwyd Line 11.21.16
Main Line Corridor (Glenside/Fern Rock) 12.12.16
Main Line Corridor (Fern Rock/30th Street) 1.09.17
Paoli/Thorndale 05.01.17
Trenton 05.01.17
Wilmington/Newark 05.01.17

Previous Positive Train Control Updates

October 2016 - January 2017 Positive Train Control Updates

August - October Positive Train Control Updates

August 17 Positive Train Control Update

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