PHILADELPHIA -Due to the activation of a new signal system and the physical separation of CSX freight and SEPTA passenger operations, shuttle buses will replace all train service on Monday, August 24, 2015 between Woodbourne and West Trenton Stations on the Authority’s West Trenton Regional Rail Line.
The West Trenton Separation Project clears the way for SEPTA to fully implement Positive Train Control (PTC), the next generation of signal safety equipment that works to further reduce the chance of human error along the line. Separation of the six-mile section of track shared by SEPTA and CSX Transportation between the Authority’s Woodbourne and West Trenton stations will also help to alleviate rush hour train congestion in this area. Both SEPTA and CSX have experienced sustained growth along this section of track. SEPTA West Trenton ridership has increased by more than 60 percent over the last decade. CSX Transportation operates some 25 trains through the area daily, moving goods throughout the Greater Philadelphia region linking into the freight company’s national north-south network. Passengers can visit www.septa.org for PTC project updates.
Passengers traveling inbound to Center City will board shuttle buses at West Trenton and Yardley Stations before transferring to trains at Woodbourne Station to complete their commutes.
Trains traveling outbound towards West Trenton will travel as far as Woodbourne Station where passengers will need to transfer to shuttle buses to complete their trips.
All shuttle bus and train departure/arrival times will differ from regularly scheduled times and some trains will terminate at Neshaminy Falls Station. Due to the supplemental schedule, customers should anticipate some delays and add additional time onto their commutes as necessary.
Specific West Trenton Regional Rail Line service for Monday, August 24, 2015 is available at http://www.septa.org/alert/pdf/2015-08-wtr-weekday-shuttle.pdf Shuttle buses will board at or near the train station. Signage posted at stations and the downloadable online schedule will list bus departure times and boarding location information.
Passengers can also contact SEPTA Customer Service representatives at (215) 580-7800 for service information or follow @SEPTA_WTR on Twitter for West Trenton Line updates.