PHILADELPHIA – As Winter Storm Jonas winds down, SEPTA is working toward restoring service on bus, trolley and rail lines that have been suspended since 4 a.m. Saturday.
“There are number of challenges resulting from the storm, which has delivered snowfall totals that exceeded forecasted amounts,” said SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey D. Knueppel. The snow has pushed the expected 4 a.m. start time to 10 a.m. for many of our services, and even longer for certain routes and lines.
“The storm’s high winds are creating significant snow drifts that are covering track areas, impacting the operation of third rail power, switches and other key equipment. We are continuing to run pilot trains to clear tracks, and have crews dispatched throughout the system to address infrastructure needs,” Knueppel added. “With the Snow Emergency still in place, we are working in close cooperation with the City of Philadelphia, as well as the counties, municipal governments and our other partners throughout the region on efforts to clear snow and ice from roadways critical to our operation.”
Below is an update on the status of SEPTA’s services for Sunday:
Market Frankford & Broad Street Lines
Service has been running on or close to normal schedules, and is expected to continue overnight and into Sunday.
Service is expected to resume Sunday morning. Customers should expect delays.
Service is expected to run Sunday morning on the Route 101 Trolley, between 69th Street and Media. The Route 102 is expected to return later on Sunday.
Norristown High-Speed Line
Snow clearing operations with a jet engine are continuing tonight between 69th Street and Bryn Mawr. Once this is cleared, the jet engine will be deployed to clear the remaining portion of the line. We will give a more detailed update at 8 a.m. Sunday.
Service will be restored on a route-by-route basis starting 10 a.m. Sunday morning, with a focus on priority routes that feed customers to the Broad Street and Market-Frankford Lines. Priority City Routes include 14, 18, 21, 33, 42, 52, 56, 58, 59, 60, and 66. Priority Suburban Routes include 93, 99, 104, 108, 109, 110, 113, 124 and 125. Detours are likely where service is running. For route-specific details, visit the System Status section on the SEPTA website at http://www.septa.org/realtime/status/system-status.shtml.
High winds, and resulting snow drifts, have resulted in problems with switches on both SEPTA and Amtrak lines. Service restoration will be based on conditions as we move through tonight and into the morning. We will give a more detailed update at 8 a.m. Sunday.