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SEPTA Announces Regional Rail Service Adjustments for Upcoming Work

Final Phase of Southwest Connection Improvement Program to Complete Infrastructure Rebuild

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SEPTA will finish rebuilding a critical portion of Regional Rail infrastructure in the University City area as the final phase of the Southwest Connection Improvement Program (SCIP) gets underway. Work and related service adjustments will start Saturday, July 22.


SCIP will require major service adjustments that will impact customers who use the Airport, Media/Wawa and Wilmington/Newark Lines. The work is expected to be completed by Saturday, August 26.

Penn Medicine Station will be closed for the duration of the project, and there will be no train service on the Media/Wawa Line from Monday, July 24 through Friday, July 28. SCIP will rebuild the mainline infrastructure on the Media/Wawa Line between 30th Street Station and the Arsenal Interlocking, just below Penn Medicine Station, portions of which date more than 80 years. This track area also supports Wilmington/Newark and Airport Line services, making it a critical rail connection for Southwest Philadelphia, Center City, Delaware County, and the economic vitality of the region. Upcoming Work Highlights

  • Interlocking signal systems maintenance

  • Bridge inspections

  • Rail replacements

  • Tunnel repairs

Service changes that will be in effect:

  • No train service to or from Penn Medicine Station

    • Shuttle buses will provide service between 33rd & Spruce and William H. Gray 30th St Station


Media/Wawa Line

  • Adjusted schedules will be in effect

  • On weekdays, shuttle buses will provide service between 49th St Station, 33rd & Spruce, and William H. Gray 30th St Station

  • On weekends, shuttle buses will provide service between Swarthmore Station, 33rd & Spruce, and William H. Gray 30th St Station

  • No train service from July 24 through 28

Wilmington/Newark Line

  • Adjusted schedules will be in effect

  • No train service to or from Suburban, Jefferson, or Temple University Stations

  • All trains will arrive/depart William H. Gray 30th St Station from Amtrak Main Terminal lower-level platform

Airport Line

  • Adjusted schedules will be in effect

  • On weekdays, hourly train service from all Airport Terminals, Eastwick, and William H. Gray 30th St Station

  • On weekends, shuttle buses will provide service between all Airport Terminals, Eastwick, and William H. Gray 30th St Station

  • No train service to or from Suburban, Jefferson, or Temple University Stations

SCIP helps with SEPTA’s overall efforts to improve Regional Rail service for customers and preserve it for future generations. Since 2018, the project has been broken up into phases during the summer months in an effort to minimize the disruption to passengers.

In addition to the schedule information posted online, SEPTA will continue to post real-time service updates at septa.org and on Twitter @SEPTA.

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