SEPTA posts new regional train schedules

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Philadelphia area’s transit agency has announced its reworked train schedules.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority posted the new regional rail interim schedules on its website Sunday night. They take effect Monday.

SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch says trains leased from Amtrak and transit services in New Jersey and Maryland will add 1,700 seats and be used in high ridership areas.

SEPTA sidelined 120 Silverliner V cars, a third of the coaches in its regional rail system, July 1 after defects were found in the suspension systems.

The rail system linking Philadelphia and its suburbs typically transports about 65,000 commuters each way per day, but fewer seats have significantly reduced ridership.

Busch says the leased trains will be used through July, into August “and possibly beyond.”

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