As the region braces for significant snowfall, SEPTA is preparing to make service changes that promote safety throughout the transit system.
With the peak of the winter storm expected Sunday evening into Tuesday morning, SEPTA will take the following proactive steps to preserve service for customers:
- The Market-Frankford (MFL) and Broad Street (BSL) Lines will continue to operate Owl buses overnight Sunday into Monday. If customers must travel during the inclement weather, their best bet is to take the MFL and BSL. These lines are SEPTA’s workhorses, and the Authority will do everything possible to keep this service available for riders.
- The City Trolley Tunnel will remain open overnight Sunday into Monday. SEPTA has been closing the tunnel during overnight hours since December to allow time for crews to perform maintenance work and deep cleanings at stations. This will provide an option for service that is out of the elements.
- At this time, there will be no changes to Norristown High Speed Line or Regional Rail schedules. However, delays and trip cancellations are possible. Regional Rail continues to operate on a limited schedule due to COVID-19, with hourly service on most lines.
- Bus detours and cancellations are expected as road conditions deteriorate. SEPTA will focus on keeping priority routes open to preserve access to essential jobs and services.
Storms like this one are particularly challenging for SEPTA. The heavy snow, ice, and strong winds of a nor’easter can bring down overhead power lines and trees along Regional Rail and trolley lines. It can also create difficult operating conditions on roadways for buses, particularly in hilly areas and neighborhoods with narrow streets.