Shortly after returning to railways, recently repaired SEPTA cars have been pulled from the lines once again.
The transportation authority decided to pull 18 Silverliner V cars that had returned to service or were ready to return to service from railroads on Saturday following minor design errors.
This comes just a few months after SEPTA removed 120 Silverliner V cars due to cracks in the equalizer beam, a function that connects the cars to the wheels. The 18 cars were among those removed.
SEPTA said the cars will undergo minor modifications before being returned to railways. “SEPTA is committed to making sure the repair process is done correctly to ensure a long-lasting life,” said SEPTA general manager Jeffrey Knueppel. “This is why we are conducting thorough tests and inspections, such as the one on Saturday that revealed this problem.”
SEPTA said some of the modifications were brief, and a few cars will resume service later this week. As for the rest, the goal is to have enough cars operating to resume regular weekday schedules by early October.