PHILADELPHIA — SEPTA estimates it will spend $257,035 per month to lease train cars from regional transit agencies to help alleviate the loss of one-third of its Regional Rail fleet, which were pulled from service at the beginning of the month after a defect was found, The Inquirer reports.
Per week, SEPTA is leasing five coaches from the Maryland Area Regional Commuter train service for $19,462 per week; one locomotive and eight coaches from NJ Transit for $15,570 per week; and two locomotives and five coaches from Amtrak for $16,375 per week.
The addition of the equipment has helped the agency expand its offerings; however, overcrowding was still an issue on Monday. The agency is still looking into more equipment-leasing options. For the full story, click here.