COMMUTER RAILROAD SERVICE IMPROVEMENTS FOR A METROPOLITAN AREA--SEPACT I

The objectives were to: (1) produce transportation findings applicable to other metropolitan areas faced with similar problems; (2) demonstrate the effectiveness of improved service and reduced fares in reversing the ridership decline on commuter railroads; (3) relieve traffic congestion on parts of the regions's highway network; (4) demonstrate the efficiency of a regional approach to common problems. Sepact I encompassed a combined program of improved service and reduced fares on the Reading Company's North Penn-Hatboro lines and that portion to and from Levittown, of the Pennsylvania Railroad's Philadelphia--New York mainline. The program ran for three years and cost approximately 4.7 million dollars. The program included increased service, fare reductions, new equipment, parking improvements, bus-train transfers, and promotion, publicity and information. The project planning and implementation point out the allocation of responsibilities and special problems affecting the demonstration project. The demonstration helped the southeastern Pennsylvania region retain and improve service on a significant portion of its vital commuter rail network, and brought tangible benefits to commuters in a large portion of the Philadelphia market area.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

    2028 PSFS Building, 12 South 12th Street
    Philadelphia, PA  USA  19107
  • Publication Date: 1969-4

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00044193
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 15 1974 12:00AM