SEPTA will make changes to its schedule, due to work in the University City area as part of the Southwest Connection Improvement Program. The program will affect the Wilmington/Newark Line.
The work is scheduled to take place from Sunday, May 10, 2020 through Saturday, May 30, 2020 and will require major service adjustments.
The Southwest Connection Improvement Program will rebuild the mainline infrastructure on the Media/Elwyn Line between 30th Street Station and the Arsenal Interlocking, just below Penn Medicine Station, portions of which are more than 80 years old.
The track area also supports Wilmington/Newark and Airport Line services, making it a critical rail connection for the region. Service to Newark has been suspended.
The Southwest Connection Improvement Program has been broken up into phases in an effort to minimize the disruption to passengers. Phases one and two were completed during the summers of 2018 and 2019, and the work starting May 10 represents the start of the third and final phase that will continue into Sunday.
- Overhead wire work
- Tree trimming
- Interlocking work
- PennDOT tunnel work
- SEPTA bridge inspection
The Wilmington Line will be restored May 10. A special construction Regional Rail timetable will be in effect for the Wilmington Line. Trains will operate from Wilmington Station to Amtrak 30th Street Station.