July 19, 2007 |
Promising an end to the annual brinkmanship over SEPTA funding, Gov. Rendell yesterday signed a landmark transportation law to provide an average of almost $1 billion more a year for transit and highways over the next 10 years. Surrounded by smiling legislators who a week earlier were at each others' throats, Rendell signed the transportation bill in the warm confines of 69th Street Terminal in West Philadelphia as evening commuters rushed past. Rendell predicted the law will solve mass transit's funding problems "for at least the next decade.
March 1, 2007 |
The Market Street subway-elevated line turns 100 years old on Sunday, and riders get the birthday gift: free trips for the afternoon. The birth of the Market Street Line, which allowed passengers to travel easily from 69th Street to the Delaware River, linked Center City to burgeoning new development in West Philadelphia. And it helped spawn more growth west of the Schuylkill, as 69th Street Terminal sprouted in the midst of cow pastures. Philadelphia's oldest high-speed line - which has since grown into the Market-Frankford Subway-Elevated - emerged at the dawn of intraurban rail travel, coming just a decade after the last horse-drawn car finally left the streets, following the rise of cable cars and electric trolleys.
November 15, 2006 |
A new $500,000 grant to help struggling, small West Philadelphia businesses hurt by SEPTA's ongoing reconstruction of the Market-Frankford subway elevated line was announced yesterday by State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D., Phila.). Hughes, joined at a news conference at his West Philadelphia district office by Curtis Jones, president of the Philadelphia Commercial Development Corp., said the money would fund grants of $2,500 to "mom-and-pop" retail and wholesale businesses in West Philadelphia along the Market Street corridor.
July 11, 2006 |
A nine-day shutdown of train service on the Market Street El is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Friday. Shuttle buses will replace the trains until Monday morning, July 24, between 69th Street Terminal and the El station at 40th and Market Streets. A similar 16-day shutdown is planned for next month, tentatively scheduled to start Aug. 11. The interruptions, affecting about 48,000 weekday riders, will enable demolition and other work on SEPTA's El reconstruction project.
November 8, 2005 |
The turning point in deciding how much SEPTA workers would pay for health care under a new contract came early yesterday after the sides had been working for several hours in separate rooms in Gov. Rendell's office suite at the Bellevue, the governor said yesterday. Rendell agreed to advance promised funds to SEPTA so it could pay its health-care premiums in advance. The move would save SEPTA $15 million, he said, and enable the agency to require workers to pay 1 percent of their salaries toward health care rather than kicking in 5 percent of the cost of their health plans.
November 5, 2005 |
After a day marked by rallying and resignation, the first workweek of the SEPTA strike ended yesterday with no indication that more will not follow. A third day passed with no talks between SEPTA and union negotiators, and none planned for the weekend. Gov. Rendell said Thursday that he would enter the fray if this weekend proves fruitless, but has made no firm plans, a spokeswoman said. His weekend schedule "remains fluid," Kate Philips said. Between 200 and 300 union members held a midday rally at 69th Street Terminal, vowing to hold out for a fair contract.
August 19, 2005 |
West Philadelphia and Delaware County commuters who use the Market-Frankford Subway-Elevated Line return to shuttle buses tonight, as SEPTA begins the second extended closing of the line for renovations. Beginning at 8 p.m. and continuing until 5 a.m. on Aug. 29, SEPTA will close the El between 69th Street Terminal and the 52d Street station and transport riders on buses between the terminal and the El's 40th Street station. SEPTA spokesman Richard Maloney said he was optimistic commuters would handle the closure as smoothly as they did during a similar shutdown July 15 to 24. As in July, SEPTA plans to have several hundred yellow-shirted "ambassadors" at 69th Street, 40th Street and 30th Street to answer questions and direct commuters to shuttle buses.
August 10, 2005 |
The Market-Frankford El will be shut down in West Philadelphia from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Aug. 22, as SEPTA begins the next phase of its El reconstruction project, transit officials announced yesterday. Shuttle buses will operate between the 69th Street Terminal and the 40th Street station, although trains will operate to and from 52d Street. Officials said that 40th Street offered a better bus staging area, but that riders traveling west would be able to travel on trains as far as 52d Street.
July 19, 2005 |
The sun was barely up, but the morning rush-hour commuters at 69th Street Terminal already were hot under the collar. Mostly, though, the cause was the steamy weather and not steamy tempers on the first workday since SEPTA began running shuttle buses to and from the city-suburban transit hub to facilitate construction work on the Market-Frankford Subway-Elevated Line. SEPTA, which closed the line's West Philadelphia segment over the weekend and will keep it closed through this weekend, was braced for a messy Monday because the move affects about 48,000 weekday riders.
May 6, 2005 |
Despite uncertainty over who will pay for a $74 million disputed contract, SEPTA will resume rebuilding of the Market-Frankford El in West Philadelphia - construction that will bring major disruptions to riders and residents. Next month, SEPTA will hire a replacement contractor to finish work on the western end of the $567 million project to rebuild the century-old elevated train line, SEPTA general manager Faye Moore said yesterday. SEPTA remains locked in a lawsuit brought by PKF Mark III of Newtown, contractor for the Cobbs Creek project terminated by the transit agency last December.