SEPTA West Trenton passenger service to separate from CSX freight operations

Written by Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor
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In a YouTube screen grab, a CSX freight train passes a SEPTA passenger train at West Trenton Station.
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Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority's (SEPTA) will finalize separation of its West Trenton Regional Rail Line from a CSX freight line.


Separation of the six-mile section of track shared by SEPTA and CSX between the authority’s Woodbourne and West Trenton stations will help to alleviate rush hour train congestion in this area and clears the way for SEPTA to complete Positive Train Control implementation.

Both SEPTA and CSX have experienced sustained growth along this section of track. SEPTA West Trenton ridership has increased by more than 60 percent over the past decade while CSX operates some 25 trains through the area daily, moving goods throughout the Greater Philadelphia region linking into the freight company’s national north-south network.

SEPTA received a $10-million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant in 2013 for the $38-million project.