By Tim Jimenez
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — SEPTA hopes to ease the rough ride on this second week of reduced service on the regional rails. They’re now using equipment leased from other transit agencies and have new interim weekday schedules out.
Few problems early, but as the morning rush peaked, the commute got a bit tougher.
“Trains that are just about as crowded as they’ve been last week.”
A few of them bypassed the Jenkintown station. There were delays as well.
Some issues remained even after SEPTA added 18 rail cars and three locomotives to the regional rails.
The equipment leased from Amtrak, New Jersey Transit and MARC out of Maryland, led to the creation of new interim weekday schedules, which Melissa was looking at on her phone.
“I hope that it helps but it doesn’t seem like a couple of trains…I don’t known if it’s gonna help that much.”
SEPTA says the leased equipment gives them 1,700 seats they didn’t have last week. Still, that’s only 13 percent of the total number of seats they’ve lost due to the Silverliner V defect.