How to get around in Delco this week

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NEWS - By Alex Rose [email protected]­tu­ry­media.com @arosedelco on Twit­ter

SEPTA has be­gun the next phase of an on-go­ing, mul­ti­year in­fra­struc­ture project on its Route 101/102 (Me­dia/Sharon Hill) trol­ley lines, which will re­quire buses to sub­sti­tute trol­leys on week­ends.

“The work we are do­ing on the Me­dia and Sharon Hill lines will al­low us to bet­ter serve our Delaware County cus­tomers,” said SEPTA Gen­eral Man­ager Jef­frey Knuep­pel in a re­lease. “This ex­ten­sive in­fra­struc­ture work can­not be com­pleted while trol­leys are op­er­at­ing or dur­ing the short night-owl win­dows.”

Weather per­mit­ting, buses will be used in place of trol­leys for the en­tire routes of both lines on Fri­day evenings, Satur­days and Sun­days on the week­ends of Jan. 11-13, 18-21 and

25-28; as well as Fe­bru­ary

1-3, 8-10, 15-17 and 22-24. Bus sub­sti­tu­tion will be­gin on Fri­day evenings at

7:13 p.m. Trol­ley ser­vice will re­sume at the start of the ser­vice day the fol­low­ing Mon­day. In the event of in­clement weather, work will be can­celled and reg­u­lar trol­ley ser­vice will op­er­ate.

Cus­tomers should plan to add 15 min­utes of ad­di­tional travel time to their trips. Buses will board at or near trol­ley sta­tions. Board­ing signs will be posted at stops. Lo­ca­tions are also listed at http://www.

septa.org/alert/con­struc­tion/101-102.html.

The im­prove­ment project is the next phase of SEPTA’s in­stal­la­tion of the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Based Train Con­trol sys­tem on Routes 101 and 102, which uses ra­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tions be­tween the ve­hi­cles and the sig­nal sys­tem to im­prove safety.

“CBTC au­to­mat­i­cally pre­vents col­li­sions be­tween trol­leys by en­forc­ing safe stop­ping dis­tances,” said Knuep­pel. “This mod­ern sys­tem also pre­vents trol­leys from ex­ceed­ing es­tab­lished speed lim­its.”

Con­struc­tion in­cludes in­stal­la­tion of new track crossovers, over­head con­tact wire and sup­port struc­tures at the new in­ter­lock­ings. In ad­di­tion to CBTC work, SEPTA crews will per­form key heavy main­te­nance projects along Routes

101 and 102. Pas­sen­gers are en­cour­aged to lis­ten to lo­cal me­dia out­lets, visit septa.org and fol­low @SEPTA, @

SEPTA_TRL_101 and @

SEPTA_TRL_102 on Twit­ter for ser­vice up­dates.

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