SEPTA is one of few railroad agencies in the U.S. to have all of its Positive Train Control (PTC) systems fully in place by deadlines set by congress. This includes 100 percent of its locomotives equipped, employees trained, and track rigged to run with PTC.
PTC systems are structures put in place to automatically control the speed of a train; they play an important role in preventing human error. SEPTA has PTC implemented on all of their commuter rail lines.
According to Philly.com, the reason why SEPTA is ahead of other U.S. rail systems is due to numerous factors, including a consistent management team that oversaw the installation process from start to finish.
SEPTA is currently working to implement the safety standards on their freight rails, which only run at night. SEPTA’s full range of transportation options, including trolleys, subways, regional rail and busses, helped Philadelphia’s public transportation rank 9th in the nation.