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.
September 14, 2013 |
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.
August 15, 2013 |
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.
July 20, 2013 |
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.
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.
August 24, 2012 |
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.
August 26, 2011 |
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.
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
June 23, 2011 |
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.