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March 22, 1988 | By MARK McDONALD, Daily News Staff Writer
Beatty J. Smith, a trust administrator who lives in Chestnut Hill, was sitting in a commuter train at the Allen Lane station, waiting to begin his daily ride into Center City. Smith, who long ago gave up driving to work, said his commute now takes almost 20 minutes longer because the R-8 Chestnut Hill West train does not stop at St. Martins station. Instead, a bus takes him to Allen Lane in West Mount Airy. The reason for Smith's slower trip is that SEPTA closed the Cresheim Valley Bridge for safety reasons in June 1987, replacing train service with a bus shuttle.
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March 3, 2011 | Inquirer Staff Report
Service has resumed on SEPTA's Norristown line after a downed power cable halted operations for five hours this morning. Earlier, service resumed on the Chestnut Hill West and Trenton lines after another downed power line stopped trains on those branches for about 1 hour and 45 minutes. In one instance, passengers on a stranded Trenton line train had to be picked up by diesel engine powered NJ Transit train to complete the trip to 30th Street Station. Chestnut Hill West and Trenton trains were running again after 8:45 a.m. while it took until noon for service to resume on the Norristown line.
NEWS
October 31, 2012
EVEN THOUGH SEPTA suspended all of its services shortly after midnight on Monday, subway cars could be heard rumbling on the Market-Frankford line in the late afternoon. What gives? SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams said the agency was using "pilot trains" to ferry emergency personnel and search for leaks and hints of flooding underground. SEPTA officials expected to spend about six hours Tuesday morning doing a system-wide assessment to determine when services will resume. The Broad Street and Market-Frankford lines will likely be the first to resume full service.
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June 23, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
As of shortly after 8 a.m. SEPTA was still reporting that "ALL Service to Trenton and Chestnut Hill West has been temporarily suspended due to power problems. " But Amtrak and N.J. Transit were reporting that power was restored for trains into New York City, though delays could be expected. "Service restored between (PHL) Philadelphia & (NYP) New York City with residual delays possible. Thank you for your patience," Amtrak posted on Twitter. N.J. Transit's alert mentions possible one-hour delays, but mostly affecting North Jersey commuters.
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August 24, 2012 | BY PHILLIP LUCAS, Daily News Staff Writer
Four passengers and a train conductor were injured when a SEPTA Regional Rail train overshot its stopping point at the Chestnut Hill West station and hit a barrier Friday afternoon. The accident occurred just before 4:30 p.m. at the station on Evergreen and Germantown avenues, said Andrew Busch, a SEPTA spokesman. The train failed to come to a complete stop and ran into a safety bumper, which is a spring-loaded barrier located just past the end of the platform, Busch said. "We're not sure exactly, at this point, of what happened," Busch said, adding that SEPTA officials were investigating the cause of the accident Friday evening.
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December 11, 1986 | By Susan Caba, Walter F. Naedele and Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., Inquirer Staff Writers (Contributing to this story were Inquirer staff writers Mark Wagenveld, Julia Cass, Russell Cooke and Murray Dubin.)
A SEPTA airport train struck the rear of a loaded Chestnut Hill West commuter train at the height of the evening rush hour yesterday at Suburban Station, injuring 42 people and setting off vibrations in the steel tracks and electrical wires that could be heard blocks away. Most of those hurt apparently suffered relatively minor injuries - bruises, cuts or scrapes - according to hospital and police officials. Only one person was admitted to a hospital, police said. Many of the injured were on the Chestnut Hill train, which was preparing to leave the station.
NEWS
September 25, 1986 | By FRANK DOUGHERTY and KIT KONOLIGE, Daily News Staff Writers
Two of SEPTA's most popular services would be eliminated in SEPTA's proposal to abandon 30 bus routes and eliminate all or portions of nine commuter rail lines , City Councilman Edward Schwartz charged yesterday. "SEPTA wants to completely abandon the Chestnut Hill West local train and the Route 53 bus," said Schwartz, a Democratic councilman-at-large and chairman of the Council Committee for Commerce, Transportation and Public Utilities. In another meeting last night about the proposed cutbacks, politicians and residents of the Roxborough-Manayunk area denounced plans to cut the Norristown rail line and the Route 35 bus. State Sen. Joseph Rocks told the 20 people at the meeting at Roxborough Memorial Hospital that if SEPTA goes through with its plans for extensive cutbacks, he would propose that the transit agency be "dismantled.
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February 24, 2009 | By Paul Nussbaum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Refurbished Broad Street subway stations at Girard and Spring Garden. Forty new hybrid buses. New rail, new signals, and repainted overhead-wire poles on the Route 101/102 Media-Sharon Hill line. Renovated stations at seven stops along the R8 Chestnut Hill West rail line. Those are among 28 SEPTA projects slated to start as early as spring, with about $190 million in funds expected from the new federal stimulus law. SEPTA officials pared their wish list last week, after federal funding was reduced and formulas modified, but general manager Joseph M. Casey said, "We'll take what we can get . . . $190 million is nothing to sneeze at. " SEPTA officials met with vendors and contractors Friday, and the transit agency expects the first bids to be in by early March.
NEWS
January 18, 1990 | By Laurie Hollman, Inquirer Staff Writer
A month after the opening of the new and improved Cresheim Valley Bridge, politicians and transit officials celebrated the restoration of full service to SEPTA's R8 Chestnut Hill West train line yesterday by cutting a ribbon and reiterating a message. The message, as articulated by numerous speakers including Mayor Goode and SEPTA general manager Louis J. Gambaccini, was simple and clear: SEPTA still needs a dedicated source of funding to rehabilitate train stations, install new track, replace aging buses and repair bridges.
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October 13, 2014
If I hadn't been looking for "psychylustro" through the tinted windows of the Chestnut Hill West train, I would not have seen the helium balloon bucking at its tethers above the Philadelphia Zoo. I wouldn't have wondered about the skinny, leafless trees (like tinder, like wishbones) or imagined 19th-century factory girls behind the smashed windows of abandoned manufactories or reflected on Philadelphia's history as a generative incubator of modern graffiti. I wouldn't have thought about rail yard grass, either, or about how, despite every zooming, spewing, speeding thing, it grows.
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September 14, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA has drafted a doomsday plan to eliminate nine of its 13 rail lines and shorten two others, close a subway line, and convert trolley routes to bus lines if the state doesn't come up with more money for public transit this year. SEPTA general manager Joseph Casey sent the plan to state Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch on Tuesday and laid it out for the state Senate Transportation Committee Thursday. The "service realignment plan" would begin next year and continue slashing service until 2023, when the SEPTA system would be a shadow of its current self.
NEWS
August 15, 2013 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
Update : The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF 0 scale tornado (winds 65 to 85 m.p.h.) touched down in the Manahawkin section of Stafford Township, Ocean County on Tuesday. Earlier story: treets from Coatesville to Ship Bottom went Venetian, flash flooding was ubiquitous, and "rush hour" became even more of an oxymoron than usual. On Tuesday morning, the soggiest summer on record added dramatic twists to its growing legacy, with potent storms that took down trees, closed roads, and put the brakes on mass transit at the height of the morning commute.
NEWS
July 20, 2013 | Inquirer Staff
Shuttle buses will replace weekend train service on part of SEPTA's Chestnut Hill West Regional Rail Line due to track, signal and overhead power work. The shuttle service in both directions between the North Philadelphia and Chestnut Hill West Stations will begin Saturday and continue for every weekend through Sunday, Aug. 25, SEPTA said. The following is from the SEPTA advisory on the weekend service. Utilizing two routes, the shuttle buses will operate as follows: Inbound:   Passengers traveling inbound to Center City will board shuttle buses at Chestnut Hill West Station.
NEWS
October 31, 2012
EVEN THOUGH SEPTA suspended all of its services shortly after midnight on Monday, subway cars could be heard rumbling on the Market-Frankford line in the late afternoon. What gives? SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams said the agency was using "pilot trains" to ferry emergency personnel and search for leaks and hints of flooding underground. SEPTA officials expected to spend about six hours Tuesday morning doing a system-wide assessment to determine when services will resume. The Broad Street and Market-Frankford lines will likely be the first to resume full service.
NEWS
August 24, 2012 | BY PHILLIP LUCAS, Daily News Staff Writer
Four passengers and a train conductor were injured when a SEPTA Regional Rail train overshot its stopping point at the Chestnut Hill West station and hit a barrier Friday afternoon. The accident occurred just before 4:30 p.m. at the station on Evergreen and Germantown avenues, said Andrew Busch, a SEPTA spokesman. The train failed to come to a complete stop and ran into a safety bumper, which is a spring-loaded barrier located just past the end of the platform, Busch said. "We're not sure exactly, at this point, of what happened," Busch said, adding that SEPTA officials were investigating the cause of the accident Friday evening.
NEWS
August 26, 2011 | By Troy Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For the first time in transportation history, SEPTA plans to suspend all service - buses, trains and subways - at 12:30 a.m. Sunday in response to Hurricane Irene. AMTRAK also is suspending Northeast Corridor service at 5 p.m. Satuday, and because of that half of SEPTA's Regional Rail lines - the Chestnut Hill West, Wilmington, Trenton, Paoli and Airport lines - also will stop running because they use those tracks. On an average Sunday, SEPTA moves about 200,000 people. SEPTA hopes to restore service sometime Sunday after the storm passes.
NEWS
July 26, 2011
Service on SEPTA's Chestnut Hill West regional line was suspended Tuesday afternoon due to downed electrical wires, the agency said. The problem occurred shortly after 4 p.m. near the North Philadelphia Station, SEPTA said. No Chestnut Hill West trains were running while the problem was being fixed. There was no estimate of when service would be resumed. Regular Chestnut Hill West commuters were able to use the Chestnut Hill East line for some stops.    -Robert Moran
NEWS
June 23, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
As of shortly after 8 a.m. SEPTA was still reporting that "ALL Service to Trenton and Chestnut Hill West has been temporarily suspended due to power problems. " But Amtrak and N.J. Transit were reporting that power was restored for trains into New York City, though delays could be expected. "Service restored between (PHL) Philadelphia & (NYP) New York City with residual delays possible. Thank you for your patience," Amtrak posted on Twitter. N.J. Transit's alert mentions possible one-hour delays, but mostly affecting North Jersey commuters.
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