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Introduction

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, or SEPTA for short, operates bus, trolley, trackless trolley, subway/rapid transit, and commuter rail service in the southeastern part of Pennsylvania. With service to Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Delaware County, and Chester County in PA, as well as Delaware and New Jersey, SEPTA is the largest transportation agency in Pennsylvania and the 5th largest in the United States overall.

 

Routes and Service.

SEPTA Operates over a hundred bus routes, thirteen commuter rail routes (under SEPTA Regional Rail), eight trolley/light rail routes, three trackless trolley routes, three subway/rapid transit routes, and one interurban routes. The route rundown can be identified easily.

City Transit Division routes are routes that operate within the city of Philadelphia. Most bus and trolley routes, as well as all three subway/rapid transit lines, operate within this division. All three trackless trolley lines also operate within this division. Route numbers for bus and trolley routes in this division typically lie within numbers 1-89. Exceptions to this include routes G, H, J, K, L, R, XH, and Boulevard Direct. All of the routes designated with a single letter or a double letter (XH) are simply carryovers from the old Philadelphia Transit Company (PTC) designator system where letters represented bus routes and numbers represented trolleys. Obviously this system is obsolete as the only trolley routes in the city transit division today are routes 10, 11, 13, 15, 34, and 36. The Boulevard Direct is a new bus route meant to operate as a rapid transit line hence being named as such. More on the City Transit Division can be found on Wikipedia. 

Suburban Transit Division routes are routes that operate in Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties. Routes 90-99, 124-125, and 131 operate in Montgomery County. Routes 101-123, 126, and Norristown High-Speed Line operate in Delaware County, and Routes 127-130 and 133 operate in Bucks County. There are a few routes that cross counties such as route 92 which operates in Chester and Montgomery County, route 106 which serves Delaware and Chester County, and so on. For more details on the suburban transit division, it's best if you look at the Wikipedia article on that topic

With Regional Rail, it's more straight forward. With the exception of the Airport Line, ALL regional rail routes operate from the City of Philadelphia to one of the many suburbs. There are 13 regional rail lines in total, and all of them serve 30th Street Station, and Suburban Station in Center City, Philadelphia. 

 

Bus Fleet

SEPTA's Bus Fleet consists of mostly New Flyer Buses, with less than a quarter of the fleet being NovaBus Built, and small fleet of buses built by Proterra. The best way to learn details and specifics on SEPTA's fleet such as depot assignments, exact delivery dates, as well as use an active bus tracking system, it's best to go on Philadelphia Transit Vehicles.

 

Year

Make/Model

Image

Engine/Transmission

Fleet Numbers

2003

New Flyer D40LF

SEPTA 5684

Engine: Cummins ISL
Transmission: Allison B400R-5

5630, 5645, 5646*
This fleet is retiring

2004

New Flyer DE40LF SEPTA 5842H

Engine: Cummins ISB
Transmission: Allison Ep40

5831H-5835H,
5837H-5848H,
5850*

2004

New Flyer D40LF SEPTA 5798

Engine: Cummins ISL
Transmission: ZF Ecomat 592-6HP

5713-5830, 5851-5950

2005-
2006

New Flyer D40LF IMG_2652.jpg

Engine: Cummins ISL
Transmission: ZF Ecomat 592-6HP

8000-8119

2007-
2008

New Flyer E40LFR 2017-07-26_003.jpg

Electric Trolley Bus with 
Cummins QSB as backup
Power generator

800-837

2008-
2009

New Flyer DE40LF 2018-03-10_019_282048x153629.jpg Engine: Cummins ISL
Transmission: Allison Ep40
8120-8339

2010-
2011

New Flyer DE40LFR IMG_0025.JPG Engine: Cummins ISL
Transmission: Allison Ep40
8340-8559

2014-
2015

NovaBus LFS
40102
IMG_0048.jpg Engine: Cummins ISL
Transmission: Allison Ep40
8600-8689

2014-
2016

NovaBus LFS Artic
62102
20191002162604.JPG Engine: Cummins ISL
Transmission: Allison Ep50
7300-7484

2016

New Flyer MD30
"MiDi"
 2017-10-24_029_282048x152429.jpg Engine: Cummins ISB
Transmission: Allison B300R6
4600-4634

2016-
2022

New Flyer XDE40
"Xcelsior"
IMG_3379.jpg Engine: Cummins ISL
Transmission: Allison Ep40
3000-3524**

2017-
2019

Proterra Catalyst
BE40
IMG_2649.jpg Electric Bus 900-924

 

Notes:
*These buses are on their way out. To keep track of which SEPTA buses are retiring, please follow the thread on this topic by clicking this link. 
**These buses are still being delivered. Keep track of new buses being delivered by clicking here.
 
 

Trolley/Light Rail Fleet

SEPTA operates a diverse fleet of trolley cars being either built from Kawasaki or being a rebuilt PCC car. These cars operate on routes 10, 11, 13, 15, 34, 36, 101, and 102. 

 

 

Years

Make/Model

Image

Fleet Numbers

1947-
1948

St. Louis Car Co/
Brookville PCC-II

IMG_0071.jpg 2320-2337*

1980-
1981

Kawasaki 
Double Ended LRV
"Series 100"

IMG_0005.jpg 101-128
1980-
1981
Kawasaki
Single-Ended LRV
"Series 9000"
2017-12-09_006_28229_282048x153629.jpg 9000-9111

 

Notes:
Following Rebuilds between 2002 and 2004 by Brookville, these cars were renumbered into the 23xx series and designated as "PCC-IIs"

 

Subway, Rapid Transit, and Inter-Urban Rail

SEPTA also operates subway and rapid transit lines within Philadelphia. For the most part, these cars always operate in trains consisting of either single cars or married pairs. Trains that operate on the Broad Street Line and Broad-Ridge Spur are often mixed, as these are the only two lines that share tracks in the entire system.

 

Years

Make/Model

Image

Fleet Numbers

Used on Lines

1981-
1983

Kawasaki B-IV

2017-04-16_013_282048x153629.jpg Single Cars: 501-576
Married Paris: 651-699
Broad Street Line
Broad-Ridge Spur

1993-
1995

ABB-N5

2017-04-01_072_282048x153629.jpg 130-155
(all single cars)
Norristown High-Speed Line
1995-
1999
ADTranz
M4
2017-04-01_077_282048x153629.jpg 1001-1032
1035-1220
(All married pairs)
Market Frankford Line
"A" Train (Discontinued)
"B" Train (Discontinued)

 



Regional Rail Fleet

Similar to the rapid transit side, commuter trains with SEPTA, also known as SEPTA Regional rail trains, often are mixed together in operation. Due to there being such a diverse array of rail vehicles, some different car do not mix. However, all similar car types are often mixed between Married pairs and single cars for EMUs. All Push-Pull trains operate with one locomotive, one cab car, and a mix of trailer cars. For more information is needed on these consists, use Philadelphia Transit Vehicles.

 

 

Years

Make/Model

Image

Fleet Numbers

1973-
1976

General Electric
Silverliner IV

20170920_191411.jpg Married Cars: 101–188,
304–399, 417–460

Single Cars: 276–303, 400–416
1987 Bombardier
Comet II
N/A Cab Cars: 2401-2408
Trailer Cars: 2501-2525
1999 Bombardier
"Shoreliner III"
N/A 2550-2559 (All trailers)
2010-
2013
Hyundai-Rotem
Silverliner V
2017-06-08_010_281280x96029.jpg Single Cars: 701-738
Married Cars: 801-882

2018

Siemens
ACS-64

4mp_IMG_2340.JPG 900-914

 

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