SEPTA shakes up schedules with eye toward regional rail service improvement

Tim Jimenez
December 17, 2018 - 7:35 am
FILE -- The first of SEPTA's new Regional Rail locomotives are going into service

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GLENSIDE, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — SEPTA regional rail riders have new schedules to keep track of, as the transit agency looks to get more trains to run on time.

Newly released train schedules, which went into effect on Sunday, show changes for most of the regional rail lines on weekdays. Some trains are running earlier than they used to; others are later. The difference ranged from a few minutes on some lines to up to 20 minutes for one morning train on the Chestnut Hill West Line.

The most significant changes are for the Chestnut Hill West, Chestnut Hill East, Fox Chase, Lansdale/Doylestown and Trenton lines.

"6:15 before. Now it’s 6:08. So that’s seven minutes,” said Norman Alexander, a regular of the Lansdale/Doylestown line, who catches the train at the Glenside station. “Gotta get up earlier. Gotta get it moving earlier, anyway.”

This wasn’t easy to do, he said. “We watched the [Eagles] game, so everybody’s tired this morning!”

SEPTA says the schedule changes are part of its Regional Rail Service Improvement Program, with a goal to "improve on-time performance and service reliability."

"I think it’s a good thing, because it needs to be done," said Elaine Rackus at the Glenside station. "Quite often they’re quite late and some of them are really, really late. So, if if works, I’m happy."

There are changes for afternoon and evening service as well. The schedules are on septa.org and are also posted at the regional rail stations.