❄️General Winter Storm Service Information❄️
Real-Time Service Information
Please make sure to check Moovit before traveling during hazardous weather conditions.
Customers can follow official @SEPTA Twitter handles for real-time information for Regional Rail Trains, Broad Street and Market Frankford Line Trains, Trolley lines, and Buses during a storm.
Twitter handle information for your Route or Line is available on the Customized Twitter Service Feeds page or follow the general Twitter feed:
- @SEPTA: For Alerts Only
Safety During a Storm
Our primary concern is your safety. Please remember to:
- Use extreme caution when boarding and departing vehicles during inclement weather
- Dress appropriately for the weather
- Allow for extra travel time in the event of delays due to inclement weather
Visit the Safety section of the website for additional safety information.
Preparation for winter weather conditions includes stockpiling several tons of salt and equipment such as snowplows, front-end loaders and salt spreaders. During a snowstorm or ice emergency, crews clear equipment and facilities and make sure vehicles are ready for service.
If the weather becomes too severe for regular operation of any route or service, SEPTA will announce the suspension of service. Information will immediately be sent to news outlets and posted throughout official SEPTA web communications, including System Status, Twitter and the official SEPTA apps for iPhone and Android devices.
Frozen switches and ice on overhead wires or pantographs (the electrical poles on top of rail cars) can delay or shut down Regional Rail service. Maintenance crews work to keep the corridor between Center City Philadelphia and Lansdale open so we can continue to provide service on the main branch if frozen switches prevent trains from operating on other lines. Amtrak is the owner of the tracks on which our Wilmington/Newark, Paoli/Thorndale, and Trenton Lines operate. SEPTA must work with Amtrak to resolve weather-related problems.
The Broad Street Line and Market-Frankford Line are best bets for riders during severe winter storms. We keep the cars ready for service by storing them overnight in tunnels and maintenance car houses and we assign crews to keep station entrances, platforms and sidewalks clean of ice and snow.
During a winter snow or ice emergency, SEPTA will attempt to operate all bus service, although a large number of routes may be detoured. We will attempt to maintain service without detours on our most heavily used routes, which generally operate over streets that have been given a high priority for snow removal.
Depending on road conditions, full CCT service may be provided in some areas, while limited or no service may be provided in others. During extreme weather conditions when CCT service is suspended, every effort will be made to continue service for kidney dialysis and other urgent, critically-needed medical treatment.