New SEPTA Regional Rail Line Schedules Go Into Effect Sunday, Dec. 16

New SEPTA Regional Rail schedules will go into effect on Sunday, Dec. 16. The new schedules will focus on weekday service improvements and are designed to improve ontime performance and service reliability. Saturday and Sunday Regional Rail service will not change as part of the Dec. 16 schedule change.

The Dec. 16 schedule change includes adjustments to train departure times for all Regional Rail Lines except for Cynwyd, Media/Elwyn and Wilmington/Newark. Significant adjustments were made to train departure times and service patterns on the Chestnut Hill East, Chestnut Hill West, Fox Chase, Lansdale/Doylestown and Trenton Lines. This is part of SEPTA’s ongoing efforts to fine tune Regional Rail schedules to best serve customer needs. Customers should refer to the timetables with the Dec. 16 effective date for specific service information. Printed schedules are available at Center City stations and can be downloaded at http://www.septa.org/schedules/upcoming-rail.html. Customers can also look for signage posted at stations for additional service and boarding information.

SEPTA encourages Regional Rail passengers with iPhone or Android devices to sign up for the SEPTA App. Current Android and iPhone app users can receive the latest version of the Regional Rail schedules by updating the SEPTA App on Sun. Dec. 16. To update the iPhone app, users should tap “Settings” and then “Update” to get the new schedules. Riders using the SEPTA app for Android devices should visit the Google Play Store for updated schedules. The “Next to Arrive” feature at http://app.septa.org/nta/ provides personalized schedule information for customer trips and also delivers real-time train status information to a customer’s cell phone.

Highlights of the Dec. 16 schedule change are as follows:

For most lines, select trains will depart from stations earlier or later than previously scheduled.

Airport

Changes include adjustments to select train departure times. Inbound train #452 which departs from Airport Terminal E & F at 5:37 p.m. will no longer stop at Melrose Park and Elkins Park Stations. As an alternative, customers traveling to Melrose Park and Elkins Park stations can transfer in Center City to Warminster Line Train #7450 which departs from Suburban Station at 6:11 p.m. Outbound Train #471 departing from Suburban Station at 9:55 p.m. has been renumbered to Train #8471. This train will now originate from Wayne Junction Station instead of Glenside Station.

Chestnut Hill East

Train #6713 which departs from Chestnut Hill East at 7:17 a.m. has been renumbered to Train #715 and will now operate continuing service to Trenton Line Stations and Trenton Transit Center. Train #731 will now depart from Chestnut Hill East Station at 10:29 a.m. and will depart up to 14 minutes later at all stations. Train #777 will now depart from Chestnut Hill East Station at 11:12 p.m. and will operate 10 minutes earlier at all stations.

Chestnut Hill West

Changes include adjustments to departure times for select trains. Inbound Train #9820 will now depart from Chestnut Hill West at 7:58 a.m. and will depart 17-20 minutes earlier at all stations. Train #8754 will be replaced by Train #8246. This train will depart from Chestnut Hill West Station at 3:52 p.m. with continuing service to Manayunk/Norristown Line Stations. Outbound Train #809 will now depart from Suburban Station at 7:00 a.m. and will operate nine minutes earlier at all stations.

Train #4861 will depart from Suburban Station at 9:58 p.m. and will operate eight minutes later at all stations. The final train of the service day, outbound Train #867 departing from Suburban Station at 11:52 p.m. will now depart three minutes earlier between Queen Lane and Chestnut Hill West stations. This train will now depart from Queen Lane Station at 12:08 p.m.

Fox Chase

Changes include adjustments to select train departure times. Inbound train #809 will now depart at 6:27 a.m. and operate nine minutes earlier at all stations. Train #861 will be replaced by Train #8471 and will depart from Fox Chase at 9:20 p.m. with continuing service to the Airport. Outbound Train #6842 which departs from Suburban Station at 4:08 p.m. will no longer stop at Wayne Junction Station.

Glenside Combined

Changes include adjustments to service at Melrose Park and Elkins Park Stations. Customers should refer to the Dec. 16 timetable for complete service information.

Lansdale/Doylestown

Changes include adjustments to train times including late night service with departures that are earlier than previously scheduled on select inbound and outbound trains. Customers should refer to the Dec. 16 timetable for complete service information. Outbound trains #564, #568, #580, #584, #592 and #594 will have adjusted “D Stop” times at 9th St., Fortuna and Colmar Stations. D Stops occur when trains stop to discharge or pick up passengers but may depart ahead of schedule. Outbound train #580 will no longer make stops at Wayne Junction and Fern Rock Transportation Center.

Paoli/Thorndale Line

Changes were made to select weekday train departure times. As part of the Dec. 16 Regional Rail schedule change, the schedule for SEPTA Bus Routes 204, 205 and 206 will change on Monday, Dec. 17.

Trenton:

Changes include adjustments to train times with select outbound trains departing earlier than previously scheduled. Inbound train #9700 has been renumbered to Train #728 and will now operate continuing service to Chestnut Hill East stations. Inbound train #1760 has been renumbered to Train #7450 and will now operate continuing service to Warminster Line stations. Outbound train #731 will now depart from Suburban Station at 11:07 a.m. and will operate 14 minutes later at all stations. Outbound train #777 will now depart from Suburban Station at 11:47 p.m. and will operate up to 10 minutes earlier at all stations.

Warminster

Changes include adjustments to train departure times and the return of full service for select midday trains. Inbound train #471 will be replaced by Train #4861 and will depart from Glenside Station at 9:26 p.m. with continuing service to Chestnut Hill West Stations. This train will not stop at University City Station. Outbound train #452 will no longer stop at Melrose Park and Elkins Park Stations. Outbound Train #2450 departing from Suburban Station at 6:16 p.m. has been renumbered to #7450 and will no longer originate from University City Station. Train #7450 will originate from 30th Street Station and depart at 6:06 p.m. with added stops at Melrose Park and Elkins Park stations.

West Trenton

The updated West Trenton Line schedule with the Dec. 16 effective date reflects recent changes to service due to catenary construction. This includes adjustments to midday, weekday train departure times from Center City between 9:05 a.m. and 2:05 p.m. Customers should check System Status or follow @SEPTA_WTR regularly for the latest service information. Outbound Train #394 departing from Suburban Station at 10:14 p.m. will arrive at West Trenton Station 10 minutes later at 11:39 p.m.

Customers can also stay connected by following their Regional Rail Lines on Twitter: www.septa.org/alert/twitter. SEPTA customer service representatives are available at 215-580-7800.