SEPTA Trains in yard

PHILADELPHIA, PA – STV, a leading professional services firm that plans, designs and manages infrastructure projects across North America, today announced that it has been selected by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to lead the procurement for up to 200 new, state-of-the-art M5 metro rail cars for SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line (MFL), which is the authority’s busiest rapid transit line.

STV will provide project management, design, engineering, testing, inspection, commissioning and maintenance support services for the planned procurement. The new vehicles are a key part in the rejuvenation of SEPTA’s MFL, the cornerstone of its rapid transit network. The MFL carries approximately 54,000 commuters a day from the 69th Street Transportation Center just outside West Philadelphia, through Center City to the Frankford Transportation Center in Northeast Philadelphia.

"These upgrades will greatly benefit the MFL’s daily riders during their diverse commuting needs – from work and school to leisure activities,” said James Martin, P.E., PMP, senior vice president and head of the vehicles group at STV.

The M5 vehicle procurement is the key component of a larger suite of improvements for the MFL, which last received new vehicles in the late 1990s. At the time, they were the first heavy rail cars in SEPTA’s fleet to feature electronic destination signs. Between 2003 and 2006, the cars underwent minor rehabilitations and upgrades to the interiors.

SEPTA’s MFL upgrades will be partially funded by a $317 million Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant the authority recently received courtesy of the 2021 Infrastructure and Investment in Jobs Act. That is the largest grant the authority has ever received.

STV has been a long-standing partner with SEPTA and its vehicle procurement programs for more than 20 years, providing professional services for the authority’s Silverline V commuter cars and currently supporting SEPTA’s Trolley Modernization. Additionally, STV’s vehicles team has supported the Amtrak Airo Intercity Trainsets, Amtrak Long Distance Fleet Replacement, NJ TRANSIT ALP-45DP Dual-Powered Locomotive, Metro-North Railroad Dual-Powered Locomotives, Metra Bi-level Coaches and the Maryland MTA Baltimore Metro Subway programs.

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About STV
Founded in 1912, STV is a leading national infrastructure-focused professional services firm, providing engineering, architectural, planning, environmental, program management and construction management services for transportation systems, buildings, water, energy and other facilities. Headquartered in New York City, the company has more than 55 offices across North America. The firm is ranked 34th in Engineering News-Record’s Top 500 Design Firms survey and is 10th in its transportation category. In 2022, STV signed the Equity in Infrastructure Project (EIP) Pledge, becoming one of the first architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) firms to commit to advancing equity in infrastructure. Learn more at

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