Policy Committee examines defective SEPTA train cars and affected services

PHILADELPHIA, July 19 – The House Democratic Policy Committee today heard from SEPTA and other interested parties about defective SEPTA train cars and affected services, at a hearing convened at the request of state Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery.

“Since SEPTA’s announcement a few weeks ago that it was taking the defective cars out of service, travelers have been affected by modified schedules and crowded trains,” Boyle said. “I called this meeting to determine SEPTA’s long-term plan to improve this situation. I am hopeful that their plans will reduce delays and inconvenience for local transit riders.”

At the hearing, SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey Knueppel gave a presentation explaining the current situation and outlining the agency’s latest plans. He said the agency has expanded service, including an extended rush hour, leased four trains to provide additional seating capacity (up to 2,420 seats) and increased parking options. He said they are continuing to work on optimizing railroad schedule operation and developing express bus service to supplement rail service.

With regard to the defective train cars, Kneuppel said SEPTA is working on two replacement options for the broken train cars. He expects service to continue to be impacted through at least August as they work on fixing the problem.

Held at CORA Services in Northeast Philadelphia, other participants included: William Shanahan, director of government relations and grants administration, Delaware River Port Authority; and Matt Mitchell, vice president, Delaware Valley Association of Rail Passengers.