SEPTA Silverliners Coming Back Online

Beginning August 21st, SEPTA will begin returning 120 Silverliner V rail cars back into service. About 10 a week will return until November 6th, according to a SEPT estimate. During July inspections, a third of SEPTA’s fleet was taken offline due to fatigue cracks found in equalizer beams in 115 of 120 V rail cars. As could be expected, chaos ensued at many overcrowded SEPTA stations.

From the Lower Gwynedd Patch:

“We sincerely regret the inconvenience to customers resulting from the recent rail car shortage,” said SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey D. Knueppel in a statement. “A fast, but exhaustive, investigation has produced valuable information on how to create a new and improved design for these equalizer beams. SEPTA can now look forward to restoring full service starting later this summer.”