On Monday, May 1, 2017, SEPTA reached an important milestone in our safety program when we activated our equipment on the Paoli/Thorndale, Trenton, and Wilmington/Newark Regional Rail Lines and began 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 commuter 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
For more info, including a video overview of SEPTA's PTC program, click here.