Trains that actually show up on time
It would be unfair to say that this summer’s service is representative of SEPTA’s usual performance, but the rate of delivering trains on time has nonetheless declined in the last three years (2015 was its "worst performance of the decade" with almost one in five trains running late), only worsened by an inability to bounce back during bouts of severe weather. In September, 10 trains will be reintroduced every week to make up for the 120 we lost during the summer, reportedly getting back to a regular schedule by October. Even with these plans, though, will SEPTA ever be able to get back to the 93% on-time rate the Philly Inquirer reported in 2013?
The answer, of course, is complicated, because as improvement projects are underway, the rollout and shiny new end product could still take years. A combination of old equipment, staff shortages, and the day-to-day unexpected issues that arise leave passengers -- and probably SEPTA, too -- longing for the days of 2013.
Likelihood: Somewhat likely, if you have lots of patience -- and time to wait.