October 3, 2015 |
It's a measure of good news for rail commuters - a reprieve of perhaps a week or so. The scheduled Friday closing of the Gallery's east end has been delayed, meaning the indoor three-block shortcut used by SEPTA and PATCO riders will remain open awhile longer. A review of the voluminous paperwork in the deal between the developer and the city has taken longer than expected, according to the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust. Both parties agreed to keep the mall open in the meantime.
January 22, 2015 |
Correction: The original version misstated the date Gallery II opened. It was in October 1983. Market East Station (now Jefferson Station) opened in 1984. THE NEWS STAND. Toys "R"Us. Easy Pickins. Taco Bell. One by one, stores and eateries have been closing at the Gallery in recent weeks as the clock ticks down for a major renovation of the nearly 40-year-old Center City mall that stretches along Market Street from 8th to 11th. At the FYE entertainment-media store, signs tell customers to visit the store's Broad and Chestnut location.
September 8, 2014 |
Market East Station, the 30-year-old subterranean commuter rail hub beneath Center City, will be renamed Jefferson Station in a multimillion-dollar deal between SEPTA and Jefferson Health System. SEPTA, Jefferson, and city officials will unveil new signs Thursday at a news conference in the station. The deal will mean millions of dollars for SEPTA and increased public exposure for Jefferson, whose Thomas Jefferson University Hospital complex is just two blocks south of the station.
September 4, 2014 |
THOMAS JEFFERSON University is likely to wake up tomorrow morning as a SEPTA station as well as a hospital system and an institution of higher learning. Last week, the Technical.ly Philly website posted a tipster's photo of a new SEPTA map that shows "Jefferson Station" where "Market East Station" used to be. Then yesterday, SEPTA announced a news conference for tomorrow morning to "reveal a major change for Market East Station," but wouldn't say what the change is. Meanwhile, signs outside the doors of the station have been covered over, suggesting a change is in the works.
June 17, 2014 |
Leslie Cunnion of Glenside went to bed Saturday knowing the SEPTA strike was over, but that wasn't enough. She woke up extra early so she could listen to the news again and make sure it was true. She volunteers at Liberty USO at the airport serving military families, and it was going to be a hassle to get there without the train. Later Sunday morning, she found herself happily waiting at the Market East Station for the airport train that did, indeed, arrive. "I'm thrilled they're back," she said.
December 6, 2013 |
DON'T KNOW IF you've heard, but things have been a little tense over here at 801 Market. Feuding owners, returning prodigal editors . . . and that's just the last couple of months. So when an editor stopped by my desk to talk about the voice of God, I figured the poor guy had finally lost it. Turns out he was talking about a SEPTA announcer who sounded like what I guess he imagines God would sound like if he were, say, announcing that "the scheduled local 3:28 to Fox Chase is next to arrive on track 3, section B. " Me, I've always imagined God sounded more like Rosie Perez, but I digress.
July 27, 2012 |
REALLY? SEPTA on Thursday was named the best transit agency in North America by the American Public Transportation Association. The group selected SEPTA out of "dozens" of other transit operators that provide more than 20 million trips annually, according to a news release. It cited the agency as a "model" for the public-transit industry for improving customer service and outreach, increasing sustainability with hybrid buses and achieving its highest ridership since 1989.
November 22, 2011
SEPTA will offer free rides Friday morning on "Santa Express" trains and subways to Center City. Specially decorated Market-Frankford trains will depart at 10 a.m. from the 69th Street Transportation Center and the Frankford Transportation Center, making all stops en route to Eighth and Market Streets. A decorated Broad Street train will leave the Fern Rock Transportation Center at 10 a.m., making only express stops on its way to Eighth and Market. Regional Rail trains will depart Elwyn and Warminster at 9:41 a.m. en route to the Market East station.
September 1, 2011 |
SEPTA is running shuttle buses between Levittown and Trenton until its tracks at the Trenton Transportation Center can be repaired. The tracks were damaged by flooding from Hurricane Irene. Buses will depart Trenton Station 18 minutes before the scheduled train departure time for connecting trains at Levittown Station, SEPTA said. Buses will depart Levittown Station after the arrival of trains to take riders to Trenton. SEPTA said one Trenton train - the 9745, which leaves Market East Station at 4:45 p.m. - will not run today.
September 15, 2010 |
Humming along at 90 miles an hour as it approached Norwood on Tuesday, SEPTA's newest train was quiet and steady. And it still had that new-car smell. On a test run from Market East Station to Marcus Hook, the first of the new Silverliner V cars was bright and spacious, with big windows and fewer of the reviled three-across seat arrangements. Video screens and digital display panels announced each stop in advance, in tandem with a computer-generated female voice. "I love it," said SEPTA General Manager Joseph Casey, taking his first ride on the long-awaited, long-delayed Silverliner cars that are supposed to be put in service next month.