Public transport timetable tweaked in Glenside area

April 29, 2017 by  

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has made alterations to its schedule, which took effect as of last Sunday.

The changes include adjustments to service that runs during the week as well as on the weekends, and includes those trains that operate over Amtrak lines. SEPTA runs trains through Glenside, and the changes are necessary to allow the final phase of Positive Train Control to be implemented.

The Federal Railroad Administration has mandated that railroad operators install positive train control (PTC) on their equipment to make travel safer. PTC is a safety measure that can stop derailments, train-to-train crashes, and unauthorized movement of trains. In California, Metrolink uses various types of technology to send audio and visual information that is continually updated to train crews to warn them when a train has to be slowed or stopped. If the engineer fails to heed the warning, the train’s onboard computers will stop it automatically.

The changes mean trains will run earlier or later than in the past. Weekend schedule changes are especially ‘significant’, in SEPTA’s words, on the Chestnut Hill East Line, the West Trenton Line, the Lansdale/Doylestown Line, the Media/Elwyn Line, and the Paoli/Thorndale Line.

By working with a flyer printing company to create a handout, riders in areas undergoing changes can pick up in the station showing the revised train times or other changes.

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