SEPTA has announced that they are in “slippery rails season” and are advising the public to be aware of potential delays.
Slippery rails caused by falling leaves that, when crushed, leave a residue behind that can cause the train to lose traction with the rail. Speeds are reduced to ensure that operations will continue to be safe for all. The most concerning areas for the slippery rails are at inclines, declines and near station platforms.
SEPTA General Manager Jeffery Knueppel addressed the situation by saying; “The safety of our customers is our number one priority.” Knueppel also added, “We will continue to use all options available to minimize the impact to our customers, and we urge them to plan ahead and check for service updates.”
The transportation agency uses a proactive approach, sending out workers at night to clear tracks for the next day. The crews use pressure washing and a combination of water and gel. As an added precaution, they spread sand on the tracks to increase traction.
The slippery rail season typically lasts from late October until mid-December with rainy and windy days the most likely days where customers will experience delays.
WBCB’s Justin Goodheart contributed to this post.