Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority – SEPTA

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

Introduction

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, or SEPTA for short, operates bus, trolley, trackless trolley, subway/rapid transit, and commuter rail service in the southeastern part of Pennsylvania. With service to Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Delaware County, and Chester County in PA, as well as Delaware and New Jersey, SEPTA is the largest transportation agency in Pennsylvania and the 5th largest in the United States overall.

Routes and Service.

SEPTA Operates over a hundred bus routes, thirteen commuter rail routes (under SEPTA Regional Rail), eight trolley/light rail routes, three trackless trolley routes, three subway/rapid transit routes, and one interurban routes. The route rundown can be identified easily.

City Transit Division routes are routes that operate within the city of Philadelphia. Most bus and trolley routes, as well as all three subway/rapid transit lines, operate within this division. All three trackless trolley lines also operate within this division. Route numbers for bus and trolley routes in this division typically lie within numbers 1-89. Exceptions to this include routes G, H, J, K, L, R, XH, and Boulevard Direct. All of the routes designated with a single letter or a double letter (XH) are simply carryovers from the old Philadelphia Transit Company (PTC) designator system where letters represented bus routes and numbers represented trolleys. Obviously, that system has since become obsolete as the only trolley routes in the city transit division today are routes 10, 11, 13, 15, 34, and 36. The Boulevard Direct is a new bus route meant to operate as a rapid transit line hence being named as such. More on the City Transit Division can be found on Wikipedia. 

Suburban Transit Division routes are routes that operate in Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties. Routes 90-99, 124-125, and 131 operate in Montgomery County. Routes 101-123, 126, and Norristown High-Speed Line operate in Delaware County, and Routes 127-130 and 133 operate in Bucks County. There are a few routes that cross counties such as route 92 which operates in Chester and Montgomery County, route 106 which serves Delaware and Chester County, and so on. For more details on the suburban transit division, it’s best if you look at the Wikipedia article on that topic

With Regional Rail, it’s more straightforward. With the exception of the Airport Line, ALL regional rail routes operate from the City of Philadelphia to one of the many suburbs. There are 13 regional rail lines in total, and all of them serve 30th Street Station, and Suburban Station in Center City, Philadelphia. 

Bus Fleet

SEPTA’s Bus Fleet consists of mostly New Flyer Buses, with less than a quarter of the fleet being NovaBus Built, and a small fleet of buses built by Proterra. The best way to learn details and specifics on SEPTA’s fleet such as depot assignments, exact delivery dates, as well as use an active bus tracking system, it’s best to go on Philadelphia Transit Vehicles.

YearMake/ModelImageEngine/TransmissionFleet NumbersNotes
2005-
2006
New Flyer D40LFIMG_0018.jpgCummins ISL
ZF Ecomat 592-6HP
8000-8119
2007-
2008
New Flyer E40LFRIMG_0115.JPGCummins QSB800-837Electric Trolley Bus
2008-
2009
New Flyer DE40LFIMG_0972.JPGCummins ISL
Allison Ep40
8120-8339
2010-
2011
New Flyer DE40LFRIMG_0005.jpgCummins ISL9
Allison H-40 EP
8340-8559
2014-
2015
NovaBus LFS
40102
IMG_0048.jpgCummins ISL9
Allison H-40 EP
8600-8689*
8676, 8678, 8682, 8684-8689 Wrapped in Boulevard Direct Livery
2014-
2016
NovaBus LFS Artic
62102
IMG_2644.jpgCummins ISL9
Allison H-50 EP
7300-7484Currently being overhauled and refitted with the new Clever Devices system for onboard announcements and displays
2016New Flyer MD30
“MiDi”
 IMG_0050.jpgCummins ISB
Allison B300R6
4600-46344601-4617, and 4633 in LUCY Livery
2016-
2022
New Flyer XDE40
“Xcelsior”
IMG_0002~0.jpgCummins L9
Allison H-40 EP
3000-3524– First buses to be delivered with Clever Devices
2017-
2019
Proterra Catalyst
BE40
IMG_2649.jpgElectric Bus900-924– First self-propelled Electric Buses in service
– Currently Sidelined due to issues

Trolley and Light Rail

SEPTA operates a diverse fleet of trolley cars being either built from Kawasaki or being a rebuilt PCC car. These cars operate on routes 10, 11, 13, 15, 34, 36, 101, and 102. 

YearsMake/ModelImageFleet Numbers
1947-
1948
St. Louis Car Co/
Brookville PCC-II
IMG_1181.jpg2320-2337*
1980-
1981
Kawasaki 
Double Ended LRV
“Series 100”
IMG_1038.JPG101-128
1980-
1981
Kawasaki
Single-Ended LRV
“Series 9000”
2017-12-09_006_28229_282048x153629.jpg9000-9111

Notes:
Following Rebuilds between 2002 and 2004 by Brookville, these cars were renumbered into the 23xx series and designated as “PCC-IIs”

Subway/Elevated Rapid Transit and Inter-Urban Rail

SEPTA also operates subway and rapid transit lines within Philadelphia. For the most part, these cars always operate in trains consisting of either single cars or married pairs. Trains that operate on the Broad Street Line and Broad-Ridge Spur are often mixed, as these are the only two lines that share tracks in the entire system.

YearsMake/ModelImageFleet NumbersUsed on Lines
1981-
1983
Kawasaki B-IV2017-04-16_013_282048x153629.jpg
Single Cars: 501-576
Married Paris: 651-699
Broad Street Line
Broad-Ridge Spur
1993-
1995
ABB-N52017-04-01_072_282048x153629.jpg130-155
(all single cars)
Norristown High-Speed Line
1995-
1999
ADTranz
M4
2017-04-01_006_282048x153629.jpg1001-1032
1035-1220
(All married pairs)
Market Frankford Line
“A” Train (Discontinued)
“B” Train (Discontinued)

Regional Rail

Similar to the rapid transit side, commuter trains with SEPTA, also known as SEPTA Regional rail trains, often are mixed together in operation. Due to there being such a diverse array of rail vehicles, some different cars do not mix. However, all similar car types are often mixed between Married pairs and single cars for EMUs. All Push-Pull trains operate with one locomotive, one cab car, and a mix of trailer cars. For more information is needed on these consists, use Philadelphia Transit Vehicles.

YearsMake/ModelImageFleet Numbers
1973-
1976
General Electric
Silverliner IV
2017-04-16_012_282048x153629.jpgMarried Cars: 101–188,
304–399, 417–460 Single Cars: 276–303, 400–416  
1987Bombardier
Comet II
N/ACab Cars: 2401-2408
Trailer Cars: 2501-2525
1999Bombardier
“Shoreliner III”
N/A2550-2559 (All trailers)
2010-
2013
Hyundai-Rotem
Silverliner V
2017-06-08_006_281280x96029.jpgSingle Cars: 701-738
Married Cars: 801-882
2018Siemens
ACS-64
4mp_IMG_2340.JPG900-914

Sources:
Philadelphia Transit Vehicles

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