SEPTA’s Trains Are About to Get A Lot Taller

Bi-level coaches considered for regional rail.

PlanPhilly reports: “In an attempt to increase passenger capacity, SEPTA is in the early stages of considering bi-level coaches. With an upstairs and a downstairs, these coaches could transport anywhere from 120 to 170 passengers. Most important to SEPTA, they would provide an efficient remedy to booming regional rail ridership. Silverliner Vs can seat 109 passengers.”

The obvious question: How would it fit? “SEPTA is conducting a clearance study, and while that study is not complete, solutions to low clearance might include ‘slick design’ of the coaches, moving the catenary wires or lowering portions of the track. Knueppel said it does not appear that increasing clearances in this way would require very expensive projects.”



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  • matthew brandley

    While the cummuter tunnel is a hinderance I do believe that it couold be done. Most likely the lowering of the track bed. But ould this be a economicaly feasable move? Its a castly project either way you ook at it with probable massive costs over runs due to union goons being involved and goverment mandates aka epa studies ect. .Just deal with what they hav and get rid of the bomber sets that keep breaking down, the sl4 and we will all be good to go. Just dont go with HYundia Rhoteam again