SEPTA receives federal grant to improve rail worker safety

The Federal Transit Administration awarded the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) $742,000 through the federal Safety Research and Demonstration Program to install an automated technology to protect rail workers in the right-of-way at some work zones.

The automated system is designed to prevent trains from being inadvertently routed into work areas where track personnel and first responders are working. A key feature of the system allows track workers in the field to control the application and removal of work zone blocks, providing safety redundancy and further decreasing the risk of work zone incursions, agency officials said.