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Southwest Connection Improvement Program

July 1, 2022

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SEPTA is continuing its Southwest Connection Improvement Program to improve and upgrade critical mainline Regional Rail infrastructure between 30th Street Station and just past Penn Medicine Station. Work will be performed on weekends in July and August, beginning on Saturday and Sunday, July 9 – 10, 2022, along with a full week of work from Monday, August 15 – Friday, August 19, 2022.

To allow SEPTA crews to work safely during these periods, service on the Airport, Media/Elwyn and Wilmington/Newark Regional Rail Lines will be adjusted and travel times will be extended. Complete service and project information, including special Regional Rail timetables, is available here.

Work is scheduled for the following dates:

  • Saturday and Sunday: July 9 - 10, July 16 - 17, July 23 - 24, August 6 - 7, August 13 - 14, August 20

  • Monday – Friday: Monday, August 15 - Friday, August 19

Service Highlights During Construction Periods:

Penn Medicine Station – No Train Service to Penn Medicine Station

  • Media/Elwyn customers can access Penn Medicine Station via the shuttle bus

  • The Airport Line will not stop at Penn Medicine Station

  • All customers traveling to Penn Medicine Station (including Fox Chase, Warminster, and Wilmington Line riders) will exit at 30th Street and connect with the Circulator Bus or LUCY

Media/Elwyn Line – Service will shuttle bus between 49th Street and 30th Street. Train service will operate between Elwyn and 49th Street Stations following a special construction timetable.

Airport Line – Hourly train service will operate between the Airport, Eastwick and Amtrak Main terminal.  All trains will arrive/depart 30th Street from Amtrak Main terminal Lower-Level platform.

Wilmington/Newark Line – Service will operate between Newark and 30th Street. Train service will operate between Newark and 30th Street Stations following a special construction timetable.  Service will operate to/from Lower Level at Amtrak 30th Street Station.

About the Project:

The Southwest Connection Improvement Program helps with SEPTA’s overall efforts to improve Regional Rail service for customers and preserve it for future generations. Since 2018, the project has been broken up into phases during the summer months in an effort to minimize the disruption to passengers.  For more details on the Southwest Connection Improvement Program, please visit https://www.septa.org/southwestconnection/

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