Philadelphia, PA: Progress on SEPTA‘s new multi-level regional rail cars from CRRC was finally revealed to the public.
For years, fans and riders have been left in the dark about these new cars. Rumors even circulated that this order was cancelled due to declining ridership on the regional rail. However, after years of delays from labor issues to parts issues to COVID compliance issues, we now have an actual idea as to what these CRRC cars will officially look like.
Thanks to this Facebook Post from the Beijing Youth Group, we get a glimpse into the SEPTA regional rail future.
As you can see, these cars will take inspiration from SEPTA‘s existing Silverliner V cars with the interior color setup as well as the color scheme and steel finish.
CRRC has also considerably been picking up on MBTA‘s Orange and Red Line car deliveries, with quite a few cars entering service over the past month. Despite them having been removed from service twice due to on-going safety issues.
This reveal shows not only the progress of the cars, but the fact that a full car is near completion. SEPTA‘s new multi-level (or double decker for those who see it that way) cars from CRRC were due to be fully in service by 2020, but now will begin entering service starting in 2023.