SEPTA Media Sharon Hill Line, Communications-Based Train Control

The goal of this project is to design a new Communications-Based Train Control system, along with infrastructure improvements tailored to meet existing LRV vehicle and operational characteristics on SEPTA’s Media-Sharon Hill Line.

SEPTA’s Media – Sharon Hill Line (MSHL) serves predominately residential areas and commercial districts of Media, Collingdale, Aldan, Clifton, Drexel Hill and Upper Darby in Delaware County, and dates back to 1906 when the Red Arrow Trolley lines connected with West Chester and Ardmore. The surviving branches to Sharon Hill and Media wind through quiet neighborhoods and cross numerous busy suburban streets. There are 50 passenger stations on the MSHL including the terminal at 69th Street with transfers to the Market Frankford Line, Norristown High Speed Line and several bus routes. Stations are spaced along the total 12+ route miles roughly every ¼ mile. The fleet of double-ended light rail vehicles (LRVs, also still called trolleys), was put into service in 1982.

Burns Role

  • Development of functional requirements for the CBTC system
  • Design for a new Wayside Signal and Communication System, including interfaces with existing grade crossing equipment
  • Design of new operations control center and maintenance control center
  • Infrastructure design including wayside power, special trackwork and drainage improvements
  • Provide Construction Related Services for the duration of the project
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Location: Delaware County, PA
Railroad & Transit
Smart Infrastructure
Client: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)

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