The 323-mi regional rail network operated by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority plays a vital role in linking Philadelphia and its four suburban counties. With the opening of the Center City Commuter Connection in 1984, the stub-end rail lines operated by the former Pennsylvania Railroad and Reading Company were all through-routed into a truly regional service network. This is the largest unified regional rail network in North America. A line to Philadelphia International Airport opened in 1985, providing direct service to the new Pennsylvania Convention Center in downtown Philadelphia. The formation of the regional rail system is explained, along with the serious problems that contributed to ridership declines. Future route extensions are discussed, as is the transit authority's search for more practical and economical methods of operating rail service.


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Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 107-112
  • Monograph Title: Public transportation: bus, rail, ridesharing, paratransit services, and transit security
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00667626
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309055105
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 7 1994 12:00AM