PHILADELPHIA — The public to get a glimpse of SEPTA’s future regional rail cars with a display of a mock-up version of the new Silverliner V car at Suburban Station on Oct. 2 during a special ceremony beginning at noon.
The mock-up of the Silverliner V car will remain on display at Suburban Station from from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 2 through Oct. 16 (weekdays only) to provide an extended opportunity for everyone to “steel” a peek into the future of SEPTA.
The mock-up was built to help engineers in the design and manufacturing process for the fleet of commuter rail cars ordered by SEPTA from United Transit Systems, a consortium of Hyundai Rotem of South Korea and Sojitz Corporation of America.
Scheduled to begin delivery next year, the new rail cars will help SEPTA provide an improved, more comfortable experience for riders by incorporating advanced elements into the design and adding much-needed capacity to accommodate SEPTA’s ever-growing ridership.
In addition, while the mock-up itself will not carry passengers, it plays a critical role in development of the pilot car, a working rail car that will undergo extensive testing to ensure the safest, most comfortable ride for SEPTA passengers possible. The fleet of 120 Silverliner V rail cars is being specially designed to meet the needs of the SEPTA system and its ridership, so careful planning, analysis and testing are essential to the success of the project.
SEPTA expects the Silverliner V pilot car to arrive in Philadelphia in the spring, when SEPTA engineers will thoroughly inspect and test the car before approving final production of the full fleet.