The new SEPTA schedule beginning next week will have a major change for Warminster and Hatboro travelers.
The restoration project of overhead catenary wires along SEPTA’s Warminster Regional Rail Line will result in mid-day weekday shuttle busing between Warminster, Hatboro and Willow Grove Stations from April 2 until August 2012. Catenary wires are used to propel the trains along their routes.
The shuttle buses will operate between Warminster, and Willow Grove stations on weekdays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Passengers traveling to Center City will board shuttle buses at Warminster Station, 13 minutes before their regularly scheduled train times, as shown in the newly revised Regional Rail timetable. The buses will travel to Hatboro Station for additional passengers, then to Willow Grove Station where passengers will meet regularly scheduled trains that will complete their trips to Center City.
Trains traveling from Willow Grove Station to Center City will operate normally.
"They will not have to purchase any additional tickets for the shuttles," said Jerri Williams, SEPTA's director of media relations. "They just need to buy their normal rail tickets and board the bus."
Warminster bound trains will travel as far as Willow Grove Station and arrive at regularly scheduled train times. Passengers traveling to Hatboro and Warminster stations should add approximately 10 minutes to their trips.
These passengers will transfer from trains to waiting shuttle buses at Willow Grove Station to complete their trips. Bus departure times are included in the Warminster Regional Rail timetable.
Williams assured SEPTA customers that any traffic issues will not cause missed trains, citing similar construction projects in the past that have operated smoothly.
Passengers taking trains from Warminster Station before 9 a.m. and after 3 p.m. will follow directional signage to new boarding locations. Additionally, weekday and weekend trains will depart from Warminster Station two minutes earlier.
Passengers can visit www.septa.org/schedules/upcoming.html to view changes to their train lines and download new schedules. Riders can also contact SEPTA Customer Service representatives at (215) 580-7800.