SEPTA adds rail cars to give alternatives to those driving through I-95 construction

John McDevitt
September 29, 2019 - 9:46 am
SEPTA Regional Rail train

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — SEPTA is offering alternatives to those driving through I-95 reconstruction, which is adding to traffic congestion on the interstate north of Center City and in Bucks County. Starting Monday, SEPTA is increasing capacity and trips on two of its Regional Rail lines.

SEPTA has leased five rail coach cars from Baltimore to add capacity on its Trenton and West Trenton Regional Rail lines.   

"Which cover approximately the same geographic area that the I-95 corridor in the Northeast and into Bucks County covers," said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch. 

"So we have added those coach cars those will be put on to normal trains that will be running," he continued. "So they are mixed in with SEPTA cars. That gives us a lot more space for passengers on several trains in the morning and then in also in the afternoon. And on the West Trenton line, we are able to add capacity there as well and also some additional trips on the West Trenton line."

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Nearly 1,900 seats will be add all together.

The transportation authority is asking those who normally drive to and from work on that I-95 corridor to give Regional Rails a try.