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December 20, 2012 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
One man who traveled on the River Line twice shoplifted cans of Red Bull from a convenience store in Palmyra and used the light-rail line for getaways. Others have been arrested for offenses such as disorderly conduct and trespassing. To stem such quality-of-life crimes committed in the river towns in Burlington County served by the eight-year-old line, NJ Transit police and officers from 10 towns have joined forces to patrol platforms and trains. The task force has been in operation since September.
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December 5, 2012 | By James Osborne, Inquirer Staff Writer
NJ Transit officials are expected to take tough questioning from state and federal politicians on what steps were taken to protect their train fleet from the storm surge during Sandy. Hearings on the storm's impact on transportation infrastructure - scheduled in the U.S. Senate on Thursday and in the New Jersey Assembly on Dec. 10 - will examine why more than 300 rail cars and locomotives went under water at two yards in North Jersey, suffering damage that included waterlogged electrical systems and passenger compartments.
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November 21, 2012 | By Terrence Dopp, Bloomberg News
Gov. Christie paced the Princetonian Diner on Route 1 in mid-October, imploring patrons to pick his Republican ally and friend Joseph Kyrillos over incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez. Just two weeks later, Sandy slammed into the East Coast, decimating the Jersey Shore, crippling mass transit, and cutting power to 8.5 million homes and businesses in 21 states. In an instant, Sandy also reshaped New Jersey politics. It prompted Christie to seek help from Menendez - who went on to win an 18 percentage-point victory over Kyrillos - and Democratic U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, whom the governor had called an "embarrassment to the state" during a two-year feud.
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November 7, 2012 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
KEANSBURG, N.J. - And on the seventh day after the storm, President Obama called Gov. Christie from Air Force One and put Bruce Springsteen on the phone. Although the Democratic rocker has a notoriously frosty relationship with the Republican governor, Springsteen apparently appreciated the love Christie displayed last week for their battered home state. Not only did they chat from Obama's campaign trail Monday, according to the governor, but Springsteen gave him a hug at the Sandy benefit telethon Friday night.
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November 4, 2012
Thirty SEPTA buses will head to New Jersey Sunday morning to help shuttle NJ Transit riders into New York City. The reduction in bus fleet is not expected to impact SEPTA passengers, according to a SEPTA press release. Passengers should not experience inconvenience or overcrowding, SEPTA General Manager Joe Casey said in the release. NJ Transit saw damage to its light rail and commuter rail systems. Amtrak's Hudson River Tunnels were also damaged, impacting NJ Transit's service into New York and suspending service across the state.
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November 3, 2012 | By Meghan Barr and Leanne Italie, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Frustration - and in some cases fear - mounted in New York City on Thursday, three days after Superstorm Sandy. Traffic backed up for miles at bridges, large crowds waited impatiently for buses into Manhattan, and tempers flared in gas lines. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city would send bottled water and ready-to-eat meals into the hardest-hit neighborhoods through the weekend, but some New Yorkers grew dispirited after days without power, water and heat and decided to get out. "It's dirty, and it's getting a little crazy down there," said Michael Tomeo, who boarded a bus to Philadelphia with his 4-year-old son. "It just feels like you wouldn't want to be out at night.
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November 1, 2012 | By Frank Kummer, Breaking News Desk
You'll actually be on time for work today. Most of the area's mass transit systems are in good shape, although NJ Transit is still seeing bugs leftover from Sandy's flooding. Downed trees, wires and haywire signals forced either complete shutdowns or serious delays on the Philadelphia region's commuter routes since Sandy struck on Monday. "Everything is running," SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern said this morning. "I think we're good today. " Trains, buses and trolleys are humming along, and the only delays are typical of a routine morning.
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November 1, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Transit officials defended Tuesday their decision to shut down the region's network of buses, trains, and subways despite the less-than-anticipated impact from Hurricane Sandy in some parts of the area. SEPTA buses, subways, and trolleys had resumed service by midday Tuesday, but regional commuter trains remained sidelined. But SEPTA announced Tuesday night that it would resume regular Regional Rail service at regular times Wednesday. Riders are cautioned to expect "residual delays.
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October 30, 2012
Atlantic City Electric: 1-800-833-7476 Comcast: 1-800-266-2278 NJ Transit: 1-973-275-5555 PATCO: 856-772-6900 Peco customer service: 1-800-494-4000 Peco emergency: 1-800-841-4141 Philadelphia Gas Works: 215-235-1212 Philadelphia Water Department: 215-685-6300 PSEG: 1-800-436-7734 Philadelphia: 311 SEPTA: 215-580-7800 Verizon Communications: 1-800-837-4966
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