Philadelphia: Septa steps back from the brink

Even though it is one of the country's most extensive urban and suburban rail networks and serves the United States' fifth largest city, Philadelphia's South Eastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (Septa) has been close to the brink of collapse. This article takes a look at how the regional transport authority plans to reinvigorate its rail assets with new sources of funding finally coming on stream. These plans include reducing its overall energy consumption, by, among other things, implementation of wayside energy storage systems; modernizing power infrastructure on its commuter rail lines; bridge rehabilitation; acquiring a fleet of new electric multiple unit (EMU) cars; expansion of its parking facilities; and planning for potential future line extensions.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Maps; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 26-28, 30-31
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  • Accession Number: 01532992
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 5 2014 2:37PM