- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Commuters on Philadelphia’s regional rail system should expect trains to be more crowded as crews take railcars out of service to install equipment.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (https://bit.ly/1IvWqAQ ) 10 or more cars in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s 351-car fleet will be out of service at any given time until at least November. The installations mean that many trains, which are often six cars long, will be shortened by at least one car.

SEPTA says it’s installing equipment needed for positive train control. It’s designed to prevent collisions and derailments like May’s Amtrak crash in Philadelphia that killed eight people and injured 200.

A federal deadline has been set for Dec. 31 to implement it.

SEPTA is asking riders for patience as it completes what it calls “lifesaving” safety work.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com

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