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.
January 10, 2015 |
PATCO stands to become a lot more Internet-user friendly by the summer. The commuter rail line announced Thursday that its operations and maintenance committee had endorsed a proposal from Comcast Corp. to provide Xfinity WiFi in all 13 stations in New Jersey and Philadelphia. The proposal will be considered by the Delaware River Port Authority board at its Jan. 21 meeting. If it is approved, Comcast projects, service will be available by summer. Xfinity WiFi is a network of hot spots that allows users to connect while conserving usage on their cellphone data plans.
October 17, 2014 |
As they flock to urban areas, members of the so-called millennial generation are discovering that they prefer to get around by public transit, biking, or walking instead of driving, according to a report promoted Wednesday at Rutgers University's Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark campuses. "It's basically just saying that transportation investment should be used to accommodate us millennials much more, because we're going to be the people using them in the future," said Rutgers-Camden freshman Samantha Buchner, 18, a member of New Jersey Public Interest Research Group, which held the campus news events.