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PUBLIC HEARING SET ON ALTERNATE ROUTES FOR REGIONAL RAIL RIDERS DURING RAILWORKS SHUTDOWNS

 PUBLIC HEARING SET ON ALTERNATE ROUTES
 FOR REGIONAL RAIL RIDERS DURING RAILWORKS SHUTDOWNS
 PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- SEPTA will hold a public hearing on Thursday, Dec. 19, on a proposal to provide alternative service for riders on six northern regional rail lines for six months in 1992 and for four months in 1993, the authority announced today.
 The hearing will be held at 11 a.m. in the SEPTA Board Room, 3rd floor, 714 Market St., Philadelphia.
 The proposed changes in rail service on these lines are due to RailWorks, a three-year, $354 million regional rail improvement project in North Philadelphia.
 Under the SEPTA proposal, riders on the Routes R2 Warminster, R3 West Trenton, R5 Lansdale-Doylestown, R6 Norristown, R7 Chestnut Hill East and R8 Fox Chase would be offered a series of busing and rail options between April 5, 1992, and Oct. 3, 1992, and between May 2, 1993, and Sept. 4, 1993.
 The two shutdowns will be necessitated by the replacement or reconstruction of 25 bridges, track, overhead power lines, signals and other electrical equipment along a four-mile stretch of the main commuter rail corridor between Wayne Junction and the Center City Commuter Tunnel.
 The primary goal of RailWorks is to ensure that the northern rail corridor remains a safe, functional link in SEPTA's regional rail system, according to Leroy C. Howell, SEPTA's manager of communications for RailWorks.
 "The long term benefits will more than justify any temporary inconvenience for the 20,000 riders on the affected lines," Howell said. "When RailWorks is completed, every bridge, signal, power line, mile of track and other fixed facilities in the project area will be new. Moreover, commuters will experience a somewhat smoother, quieter, and speedier ride as they approach the Commuter Tunnel."
 It is anticipated that the proposed transfers will have little if any impact on total commuting time into Center City.
 "Since the shutdowns cannot be avoided," Howell said, "SEPTA has chosen alternate commuting scenarios that will create the least amount of service disruptions. At the same time, SEPTA has embarked on a comprehensive public information and education program to fully inform its riders about RailWorks and to minimize any negative impact this project may have on them."
 Copies of the proposed tariff are available for public inspection in the office of the Secretary of the Board and at the following libraries: Lower Merion Library Association, Media-Upper Providence Library, Chester County Library, Sellers Memorial Free Library, Springfield Township Library, Upper Moreland Free Library, Margaret R. Grundy Library, Norristown Public Library, Bucks County Library, and the regional branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia.
 Persons wishing to file written comments or present extensive testimony should write to the Secretary of the Board, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, 714 Market St., Philadelphia, Pa., 19106.
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