Regular riders who were worried that SEPTA’s Regional Rail Chestnut Hill West Line might not come back after being suspended nearly a year ago due to the pandemic can breathe a sigh of relief, writes Thomas Fitzgerald for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The rail line resumed weekday service on Monday. Trains are scheduled to run between 5:51 a.m. and around 8 p.m. to and from Center City. They will not operate during late-night hours or on weekends.
According to SEPTA, one of the reasons that was keeping the line suspended longer than others was the extensive track work that would have made it impossible to offer a reliable service. Now the line will continue its service on weekdays, while SEPTA and Amtrak proceed with repairs on the track and tunnels overnight and on weekends.
“We are thrilled to welcome back riders on the Chestnut Hill West Line,” said SEPTA general manager Leslie Richards. “The early morning trains will help essential employees get to work, and trips throughout the day will give riders more travel options.”
However, the Cynwyd line still remains suspended.
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