By Kristen Johanson


By Kristen Johanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — This week may bring some relief to commuters enduring the SEPTA regional rail saga.

Two weeks ago, the transit agency pulled a third of it’s rail fleet from the tracks because of a structural defect found in some of the newer Silverliner passenger cars.

The combination of adding leased cars and continuing to improve SEPTA’s regional rail schedule could alleviate some overcrowding during the rush hour commute, especially the heavily traveled lines.

SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern says they hope to have the Regional Rail headache get better with each passing week.

“They are looking at the trains everyday. They are seeing patterns where people are getting on, what time the really peak trains were and seeing where they can make adjustments to best serve our customers during this situation.”

Lines affected: the Lansdale-Doylestown, Manayunk-Norristown, Paoli-Thorndale, Warminster and the Glenside Combined.

Riders should continue to monitor the SEPTA website for schedule updates each week.

Additional passenger cars borrowed from area transit agencies will be added to the rails later this week.