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November 21, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
PHILADELPHIA is in the heart of the Northeast rail corridor, where more than 2,000 passenger trains move 75,000 riders daily between Washington,D.C. and Boston on speed-restricted tracks across aging bridges and through ancient tunnels, powered by 1930s-era equipment. The whole system needs an extreme makeover as desperately as the Phillies do. Yesterday, at SEPTA headquarters in Center City, the Federal Railroad Administration's NEC (Northeast Corridor) FUTURE program unveiled a public glimpse of what that makeover might be by 2040.
NEWS
April 24, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Lansdale man was killed and another was injured in a high-speed crash overnight in Montgomery County, police said Tuesday.   Sean Christopher Sperl, 21, was driving a 2000 Honda Civic at a high speed on Route 563 at Sugar Hill Road in Salford Township just after midnight, when he failed to negotiate a curve, lost control and struck a utility pole, according to police.   His passenger, Ryan Alexander Petrille, 21, was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. The car was torn in two pieces, according to police.
BUSINESS
December 15, 1991 | By Tom Belden, Inquirer Staff Writer
With virtually no fanfare, Congress last month gave a huge boost to proponents of high-speed trains that someday might zip as fast as 300 miles per hour between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh or other U.S. cities. Buried in the massive Surface Transportation Act was $800 million for research and development on high-speed train technology, plus legal changes that could make it easier to get private-sector or state funding for new high- speed projects. The transportation bill represents a major victory, rail proponents say, because it begins to put financing of new high-speed lines on a more equal footing with other big transportation projects, such as airports, highways and ports.
NEWS
November 18, 1995 | By Douglas A. Campbell, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Three young men, friends through high school, were killed early yesterday in a violent accident on rural Tuckahoe Road in Gloucester County. The accident tore their car to shreds, ejecting them and a fourth friend, who survived, police said. "The vehicle was extremely unrecognizable," said a Franklin Township officer, who said that the car's apparent high speed was a contributing factor in the mishap. Killed were Franklinville residents Benny S. Sorbello Jr., 21, of Tuckahoe Road; Brandon S. Heck, 19, of Pennsylvania Avenue, and Michael T. Petsch, 20, of Stanton Avenue, police said.
NEWS
June 3, 1997 | By Aaron Epstein, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
One night seven years ago, Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy James Everett Smith saw two teenagers on a motorcycle pass by at high speed. He decided to pursue them in his patrol car. Seventy-five seconds later, after a chase in a residential area that reached speeds of up to 100 miles an hour, Smith reached the crest of a hill, saw the motorcycle had stopped, and slammed on his brakes. It was too late. The patrol car struck motorcycle passenger Phillip Lewis, 16, and killed him. The boy's parents sued for damages, contending that Smith's action had deprived their son of his constitutional right to life.
NEWS
August 29, 2010
Two men were killed in a automobile crash on South 61st Street in Philadelphia Sunday morning. According to the police, a 58-year-old man traveling southbound at a high speed swerved his black Chevy Impala into oncoming traffic when he reached the 3200 block of the street at about 9:15 a.m. His car struck a blue Chevy Tracker driven by a 38-year-old man. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not release the names of either men Sunday afternoon pending notification of family.
NEWS
May 21, 2015
OFFICIALS ARE still investigating the cause of last week's horrific Amtrak derailment that claimed eight lives and injured hundreds more, and it will take a while before we know the truth. But like most disasters, the incident highlights a tangled complex of issues both large and small. It's actually the smallest that has us worried: that a "projectile" such as a rock was thrown at the train. This has not been confirmed, and reports have been contradictory, but the possibility that someone out there in our rough-and-tumble city might have caused such havoc has us wincing.
NEWS
June 16, 2004
Criticism of school board 'rent control' is hollow As expected, my June 2 commentary ("Taxpayers need some kind of 'rent control' over school boards") was attacked by those who benefit from school board taxation powers. Unfortunately, space limitations prohibit a full discussion of a complex issue, which then allows critics to cast doubt on the facts. For example, Paul Pflaumer's letter argued that my use of Pennsylvania's poor performance on the SAT college entrance exam (45th in the nation)
NEWS
January 17, 2012
Kelly Drive was closed for nearly three hours Monday afternoon after a two-car crash killed two people and left a third in critical condition, authorities said. Rescue crews were dispatched at 2:52 p.m. to Kelly and Strawberry Mansion Drives, authorities said. Police said a silver Volkswagen was traveling north at high speed when it crossed the roadway and collided head-on with a green Toyota Sienna. The Volkswagen's driver, a 34-year-old woman, and her passenger were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
NEWS
July 23, 1987 | By Ellen Pulver, Special to The Inquirer
A motorist accused of driving at a high speed through Collingdale's Fourth of July parade was held for court action on multiple charges after a preliminary hearing July 15 in Collingdale Regional Court. According to court records, the driver, Richard Dewitt Jr., 19, of the 400 block of Pusey Avenue, Collingdale, was charged with aggravated and simple assault, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, making terroristic threats, criminal mischief, driving at unsafe speeds, fleeing and eluding police, and not obeying a person directing traffic.
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August 10, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
SEPTA WILL hold an online lottery Wednesday for special passes for the Norristown High Speed Line and trolley routes 101 and 102 during the papal visit, the transit agency announced yesterday. The special passes cost $10 apiece and will be valid from Sept. 26-28. Riders will be required to have a special pass that weekend because of the expected volume of passengers. SEPTA said it has 20,000 passes available for the high-speed line and 5,600 apiece for the two trolley routes. Like the Regional Rail pass lottery held earlier this week, customers will be able to register through SEPTA's website on Wednesday from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. All valid submissions will have the same chances of winning, regardless of what time they are submitted, the agency said.
NEWS
August 2, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police Friday identified the two teenagers and a young adult killed when the car in which they were riding slammed into a tree in the Northeast shortly before midnight Wednesday. Police said the 2007 Acura was traveling north on Sandmeyer Lane at a high rate of speed when it struck the tree. The car split in two, ejecting Yvette Hernandez of the 700 block of Rhawn Street and Sabrina Rhoads of the 100 block of Newberry Street. Both were 17 and were pronounced dead at the scene.
NEWS
August 1, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sandmeyer Lane, a mile-long offshoot of busy Red Lion Road in Bustleton, has long been known as a magnet for fast drivers, locals say - skid marks permanently tattooed on its cul-de-sac, workers accustomed to screeching tires and revving engines. But tragedy struck just before midnight Wednesday, police said, when a 2007 Acura TL carrying five people flew off the road at about 75 m.p.h. and crashed into a tree, killing three passengers, injuring two people, including the driver, and jackknifing the vehicle in half.
NEWS
May 21, 2015
OFFICIALS ARE still investigating the cause of last week's horrific Amtrak derailment that claimed eight lives and injured hundreds more, and it will take a while before we know the truth. But like most disasters, the incident highlights a tangled complex of issues both large and small. It's actually the smallest that has us worried: that a "projectile" such as a rock was thrown at the train. This has not been confirmed, and reports have been contradictory, but the possibility that someone out there in our rough-and-tumble city might have caused such havoc has us wincing.
NEWS
November 21, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
PHILADELPHIA is in the heart of the Northeast rail corridor, where more than 2,000 passenger trains move 75,000 riders daily between Washington,D.C. and Boston on speed-restricted tracks across aging bridges and through ancient tunnels, powered by 1930s-era equipment. The whole system needs an extreme makeover as desperately as the Phillies do. Yesterday, at SEPTA headquarters in Center City, the Federal Railroad Administration's NEC (Northeast Corridor) FUTURE program unveiled a public glimpse of what that makeover might be by 2040.
NEWS
December 9, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Has Amtrak abandoned its vision of 220-mile-per-hour bullet trains speeding up and down the Northeast Corridor? The railroad recently issued draft specifications for new trains to replace its existing Acelas that call for 160 m.p.h. trains, not the 220 m.p.h. versions Amtrak said in January that it was seeking. Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority in January announced they were jointly seeking proposals for trains that could run at 220 miles an hour on the West Coast and the East Coast.
NEWS
November 28, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
First of two articles. FRESNO, Calif. - After decades of promises, plans, and politics, California has finally reached the construction phase of its high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco. But a judge's ruling this week could derail the $68 billion project, setting new legal and financial hurdles in the path of a proposed 520-mile railroad for 220-mile-an-hour bullet trains. Championed by Gov. Jerry Brown as a transforming project akin to the early freeways and the Golden Gate Bridge, the high-speed rail line would be America's first.
NEWS
July 23, 2013
LET'S AGREE on one thing: Pennsylvania's new attorney general knows how to get attention. She did it most recently (and controversially) in the national debate over gay marriage. Says it's legal, won't hear otherwise, won't defend a state ban against it. This is part of a pattern. Flag down a hot topic. Hop on board. She did it last year as a candidate promising to investigate the handling of the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky scandal; an investigation she says is active. She did it within weeks of taking office, closing a gun-law loophole that let Pennsylvanians denied concealed-carry permits here to get them from Florida.
NEWS
July 18, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite being "desperately underfunded," in one official's words, SEPTA is moving ahead with an environmental impact study to extend the Norristown High Speed Line to King of Prussia and Valley Forge. Officials say the area is badly underserved, with the nearest Regional Rail stops more than two miles away. Six bus routes serve the area, with about 4,000 passengers a day, but they are subject to the same traffic headaches drivers face on the Schuylkill Expressway. "If you don't plan, you never build," said Byron Comati, SEPTA's project director, who alluded to the agency's financial problems.
NEWS
April 24, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Lansdale man was killed and another was injured in a high-speed crash overnight in Montgomery County, police said Tuesday.   Sean Christopher Sperl, 21, was driving a 2000 Honda Civic at a high speed on Route 563 at Sugar Hill Road in Salford Township just after midnight, when he failed to negotiate a curve, lost control and struck a utility pole, according to police.   His passenger, Ryan Alexander Petrille, 21, was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. The car was torn in two pieces, according to police.
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