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American Public Transportation Association

 A Multimodal Tour of the Delaware Valley

Saturday, June 1
8:20 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.  (60 person limit)

You are invited to join one or both tour groups led by CH2M Hill’s Tom Hickey.

Advance registration is required. Please contact Mr. Hickey at or 610.306.3066.


The Delaware Valley is extraordinary in the number and diversity of its rail transportation modes. Join us on Saturday before the rail conference sessions begin and become acquainted with the Philadelphia region from the passenger’s perspective. See how the different rail technologies work and work together to keep the region moving. Your hosts for this two-part guided tour will be the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, New Jersey Transit Corporation, and the Delaware River Port Authority’s Port Authority Transit Corporation.

8:20 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The morning will be spent aboard SEPTA commuter rail, streetcar, light rail, light rapid rail, and rapid rail transit services though Philadelphia and the western suburbs. As some of these names suggest, you may have difficultly cataloging which mode is which, given some of the unique local applications of technology to passenger demand.  Along the way you will also experience five intermodal terminals plus the oldest streetcar crossing of an active Class 1 railroad main line.

1:30 - 6:30 p.m.

After another pass through Philadelphia, we will head across the Delaware River to see what the New Jersey part of the region has to offer. The afternoon will include more commuter rail and rapid rail transit (each distinct from what was encountered in the morning tour) plus a new diesel-powered light rail line. There are five intermodal terminals on the afternoon tours as well, including a tour of the Pennsauken Transit Center—a soon-to-open nexus for commuter rail, light rail, and bus transit serving the South Jersey market.

Both Parts 1 & 2 of the Multimodal Tour of the Delaware Valley depart from the lobby of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.

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