August 13, 2015 |
DEAR DAILY NEWS and my fellow Philadelphians, I write to provide clarity, facts and important information on the biggest event to take place in our lifetime in our great city. My goal is to address some thoughts and statements written to me by Mr. Will Bunch in an opinion piece yesterday. What follows are recaps of Bunch's claims and my response. Bunch: You're not a security expert . . . You're a leader. Your job is to coordinate security, and communicate with the public, with the average schlub like me. You are right; like you, I'm not a security expert, but, as mayor for the last 7 1/2 years, I have overseen an experienced team of managers and experts, and planned and hosted many large events.
July 11, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Rail-line operators could have until 2018 to install an upgraded safety system under a transportation bill introduced Thursday, less time than in a measure that advanced earlier this year. The new proposal, scheduled for a committee vote Wednesday, represents a shift by those pushing to give rail lines more time to install a system that was supposed to be in place by the end of this year. Some lawmakers wanted to give rail lines five years - until 2020 - to meet the mandate, but the new plan shortens the potential extension and requires rail lines to hit milestones along the way. Some top Democrats say it still represents too much delay, casting doubt on the bill's fate.
June 19, 2015 |
Northeast states and transit agencies - including SEPTA and NJ Transit - are being asked to pay more to maintain the heavily traveled rail corridor between Washington and Boston that they share with Amtrak. The new cost-sharing plan for the Northeast Corridor is due to take effect Oct. 1, although Massachusetts has objected. That state is upset about its higher bill and the prospect that the plan "may mark the beginning of a devolution of federal responsibility down to the states.
June 12, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Key senators are reconsidering a plan to give railroads five more years to finish installing a mandated new safety system - signaling a potentially tougher stand to speed up work in the aftermath of the Amtrak Train 188 derailment in Philadelphia last month. "If we can figure out a way to get there sooner, we certainly want to be open to that," Sen. John Thune (R., S.D.), chairman of the Senate committee overseeing railroads, said after a hearing Wednesday. "If that entails something that doesn't require a blanket five-year extension, then we're open to that.
May 16, 2015 |
Jamer Hunt typically commutes from Center City to a teaching job at the Parsons School for Design in New York City four days a week on a 7:28 or 8:30 a.m. Amtrak train. After Hunt, 50, learned Tuesday night about the derailment of Amtrak Train 188 at Frankford Junction, he tried to take a bus Wednesday morning, but tickets were sold out. On Wednesday, he worked from home via Skype on his computer to videoconference with a fellow teacher and class of 20 students. "I was up on the big screen, and talking with the students," said the director of the graduate design program at Parsons as he waited in line for an 8:15 a.m. Megabus on Thursday in University City.
May 15, 2015 |
"Canceled" was the operative word at the Trenton Transit Center at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Amtrak to Harrisburg, CANCELED. Amtrak to Boston, CANCELED SEPTA to Philadelphia, CANCELED. Commuters at the Trenton station had their schedules disrupted by the suspension of service to and from Philadelphia, but were stoic about the inconvenience. John Di Paolo, 45, said he was sitting on a train at Newark Penn Station Tuesday night when service was canceled because of the derailment.
April 22, 2015 |
NJ Transit wants to boost bus and rail fares by an average of 9 percent, starting Oct. 1, and eliminate some routes beginning in September, the agency said Monday. The moves are designed to close a $60 million budget gap, the statewide transit agency said. Fares were last increased five years ago. Hearings will be held next month on the proposed fare hikes and service reductions, with a session scheduled in Camden on May 19. The agency's board is to vote on the increases July 8. If approved as proposed, the increases mean a one-way trip between Philadelphia and Gloucester City would cost $4.25, up from the current $3.90, while the monthly fare would be $134, up from the current $123.
April 4, 2015 |
New Jersey's transit agency is considering a fare hike to fill a revenue shortfall, its director told lawmakers Thursday. NJ Transit officials said they expected to propose a fare increase by the end of April, in light of a $60 million gap in next year's operating budget. Testifying before the Senate Budget Committee, executive director Veronique Hakim did not specify how much the agency might raise fares. But given the size of its last fare increase in 2010 - which averaged 22 percent - "any proposal we put on the table would have to be substantially less than that to be palatable," Hakim said.
March 23, 2015 |
Wetter. Warmer. Wilder. That long-term weather forecast for the Philadelphia region means trouble for SEPTA, especially on its railroad, subway, and trolley routes. A federal report released this month, which used SEPTA as a case study for the nation's transit systems, predicts that average temperatures in Philadelphia will rise by 3 to 6 degrees by 2050, with greater annual rainfall and more frequent "heavy precipitation events. " That means SEPTA can expect more flooding, sagging rail-power lines, mudslides, toppled trees, and washed-out rail beds.
January 28, 2015 |
SEPTA subways will remain open all night and Tuesday's Regional Rail service is still up in the air, as transit agencies respond to the impending snowstorm. NJTransit will halt service Monday evening. No trains or buses will depart after 8 p.m. No service will operate Tuesday. No trains will run Wednesday, although some bus and light rail service may resume then. SEPTA service was to be unaffected Monday, spokeswoman Jerri Williams said. SEPTA will post planned bus detours for Tuesday on its website by 8 p.m. Monday, she said.