Departmental Papers (ESE)


This report presents a plan for an investment, physical and operational upgrading of the RGR System. The intent of this plan should be creation of a modern Regional Metrorail System, more similar to such electrified regional rapid transit systems as the Washington Metrorail, Atlanta's MARTA and San Francisco's BART than to diesel-powered commuter rail systems, such as the Chicago METRA or the new Los Angeles Metrolink.

Sponsor Acknowledgements

The funds for this research were provided by a contract with SEPTA; in addition, the University of Pennsylvania team was partially supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation through the Regional University Transportation Centers Program and the Mid-Atlantic Universities Transportation Center. This support is greatly acknowledged, but implies no endorsement of the results.

Document Type

Technical Report

Date of this Version


Publication Source

Report for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)

Copyright/Permission Statement

Originally prepared for SEPTA by the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware.



Date Posted: 27 February 2019