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September 19, 2011 | Staff Report
SEPTA's Norristown High Speed Line is operating normally again for the first time since tracks were damaged by storm waters on Sept. 9. Passengers should board trolleys on their regular platforms, SEPTA said this morning. Trolleys will operate every 15 minutes to Bryn Mawr and every 30 minutes to the Norristown Transportation Center, the transit agency said. Contact the Breaking News Desk at 215-854-2443 or online@phillynews.com .
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October 24, 1986 | Special to The Inquirer / THERESA McGETTIGAN
HELP ARRIVES from Chicago at the SEPTA car barn in Upper Darby. The second- hand rail car, one of 10 purchased from the Chicago Transit Authority for stopgap service on the Route 100 Norristown High Speed Line, was trucked in yesterday. The cars cost $250 each and $4,000 to ship and are expected to be in service in December after being refurbished.
NEWS
January 1, 2016
A person was fatally struck by a SEPTA train Wednesday night in Delaware County, authorities said. The accident was reported at 10:40 p.m. in the area of the Ardmore Junction Station in Haverford Township. The person was struck by a Norristown High Speed Line train that was heading to the Norristown station. Service on the Norristown line was suspended Wednesday night. - Robert Moran
NEWS
September 28, 1995 | by Frank Dougherty, Daily News Staff Writer
Buying a ticket on SEPTA's Pig and Whistle train no longer will be like buying a pig in a poke, promises SEPTA general manager Louis Gambaccini. After spending $160 million to upgrade signals, tracks, and stations on its Norristown High-Speed Line, P&W commuters will no longer have to ponder what the odds are on getting good service. The Norristown High-Speed Line operates along the 13.4 miles right-of-way built shortly after the turn of the century for commuters using services on the old Philadelphia & Western (P&W)
NEWS
December 12, 2011
An 18-year-old man was struck and killed by a SEPTA train on the Norristown High Speed Line between the Penfield and West Overbrook stations about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Haverford Township police reported. Police did not release the victim's name, pending notification of his family. Sgt. Michael Glenn, a spokesman for Haverford police, said SEPTA and township police were investigating. The victim, who was struck on the inbound SEPTA track, was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no injuries to the train operator or passengers, police said.
NEWS
August 28, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
STARTING Monday, SEPTA will extend its citywide "Pay As You Enter" fares to the last outpost of distance-dependent "Pay As You Exit" fares when it converts Suburban Transit Routes leaving 69th Street Transportation Center. This eliminates "Pay As You Exit" logjams - exiting riders had to pay at the front while incoming riders were boarding there. Cash fares for all bus, subway and trolley riders are $2.25, except for premium routes 123, 124 and 125 to King of Prussia/Valley Forge ($3.75)
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September 14, 1987 | By REGINALD STUART, Daily News Staff Writer
A congressional hearing on the safety of the SEPTA transit system is being planned by a House panel responsible for appropriating funds for mass transit. The hearing, tentatively scheduled for Monday, Sept. 21, in Philadelphia, is expected to focus on the string of SEPTA accidents in recent years, said Rep. William H. Gray 3rd, D.-Pa., who requested the hearing. SEPTA has been plagued with accidents, particularly on the Norristown High- Speed Line, and the hearing could result in lawmakers pushing for more funds to improve equipment and operations of the mass transit system.
NEWS
April 11, 1988 | By GLORIA CAMPISI, Daily News Staff Writer
SEPTA has been plagued with major crashes since January 1984. Although federal transportation officials say SEPTA has one of the highest accident rates on the East Coast, only one of the SEPTA multiple-vehicle crashes in the last four years involved a fatality. In that crash, on Aug. 23, 1986, one person was killed and 41 were injured when a Norristown High-Speed Line trolley slammed into a wall at the 69th Street Terminal. SEPTA blamed the accident on operator error, saying the driver had failed to turn off the power.
NEWS
July 16, 2013 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
WILL THOUSANDS OF workers finally be able to ride high-speed rail to King of Prussia and Valley Forge instead of a bus that relies on the Jekyll/Hyde, highway to heaven/hell, Russian-roulette insanity of I-76 traffic? SEPTA will reveal plans for long-awaited rail service to King of Prussia Mall and Valley Forge at a four-hour public meeting tomorrow. Several alternative extensions of the Norristown High Speed Line to King of Prussia and Valley Forge will be presented. Public comment is invited.
NEWS
January 10, 1987
As riders confront SEPTA's latest money crisis and wonder where all the money goes, they would be well-advised to consider who is going to pay the costs of the near-murderous vandalism on the Norristown High Speed Line in December 1985. The answer, dear rider, is you! Our depraved legal system, not content to let the vandals responsible get off with little punishment, is poised, as usual, to give a blank check to ambulance-chasing lawyers at SEPTA's (no, make that SEPTA's riders')
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August 23, 2016
ISSUE | NORRISTOWN A bright future Montgomery County has great optimism for Norristown's future (" Norristown sees hope in project ," Wednesday). In addition to the Lafayette Street Extension Project, a number of important county and private-sector initiatives will help make Norristown's transformation possible: Strong economic development opportunities for new businesses; Working with SEPTA to expand the Norristown high-speed line to King of Prussia and increase regional rail frequency; The connection of several major regional trails in downtown Norristown; and New and proposed market-rate apartment and condo buildings throughout town.
NEWS
June 7, 2016
Service was restored Sunday afternoon at SEPTA's Norristown Transportation Center two hours after it was shut down about 1:30 p.m. at the request of Norristown Police after a suspicious package was discovered at the adjacent Bieber Tourways bus depot. At 3:45 p.m., a SEPTA spokesperson said the Norristown High Speed Line, the Manayunk/Norristown Regional Rail Line and bus service had resumed. "It ended up being nothing," said a Norristown Police spokesman. "The bomb squad cleared it. " SEPTA had stopped servicing the Norristown Transportation Center after receiving word from Norristown police that an unattended package was being investigated.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
Ear buds in, Teresa Hite sang, her voice just audible over the growling engine of the bus. Two seats back, Carl Burch, dressed for work in a T-Mobile shirt, reclined and closed his eyes. On a bench behind Burch, Zoe Tanner read Matthew 2:14 from a Bible open on her lap. Each morning they take the Route 125 bus 26 miles from Philadelphia to jobs in King of Prussia. On a good day it's an hour ride. When traffic is bad, it takes much longer. A proposed rail spur to link the city to the commercial hub of King of Prussia could help.
NEWS
February 27, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
SEPTA on Friday unveiled its preferred plan to extend regional rail service to King of Prussia: an elevated spur that would run four to five miles, mainly along the Pennsylvania Turnpike. With an estimated pricetag of $1.1 billion, the spur off the Norristown High Speed Line could be operational by 2023, officials said. It would carry 8,500 passengers daily to five stops, including one inside the King of Prussia Mall. The goal is loftier: to finally connect Philadelphia via rail to a business and commercial hub among the largest of its kind in the country.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
At a series of public meetings next month, SEPTA will present a single proposal for the five-mile extension of the Norristown High Speed Line. The meetings haven't been scheduled, but one group is already fighting. A petition to give Upper Merion residents a vote on the extension has attracted 424 signatures in three months, as of Wednesday. A group called NoKOPRail with a presence on Twitter and Facebook formed to support the petition. For context, those signatures come from a municipality of almost 30,000, according to census data, but the group has a lot of grievances: SEPTA communicated its plans poorly.
NEWS
February 11, 2016 | RealTime Desk
Where's the snow? Anyone expecting a winter wonderland when they awoke this morning was disappointed. Most of the Philadelphia region found just a dusting on cars and sidewalks today, but meteorologists said snow showers were expected on and off all day. But into the afternoon, the wait was still on. And the meterologists were still predicting snow. A winter storm warning remains in effect for Delaware, Chester, Adams, York and Lancaster counties, but the rest of the region has been downgraded to a winter weather advisory, in effect until Wednesday morning.
NEWS
January 27, 2016 | Staff report
Patience is the key word for Monday's afternoon commute. SEPTA Regional Rail trains are operating again, but some have been canceled and others face delays. There also is no service past Malvern on the Paoli/Thorndale line due to frozen switches. About 70 percent of SEPTA's bus routes are operating but some must deal with detours. "Delays can be expected all day," SEPTA General Manager Jeff Knueppel said at a media briefing this morning. "This is a very fluid situation.
NEWS
January 27, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
Update Tuesday 8 a.m.: 18 SEPTA bus routes remain out of service.   Almost two days after the last snowflakes fell, about one-fifth of Philadelphia's 122 bus routes remained suspended. By Monday afternoon, 26 routes were still out of service, largely due to unplowed streets, SEPTA officials said. "These operate in neighborhood areas, and to be able to bring a 40-foot bus down a street requires the street to be relatively cleared," said Manuel Smith, spokesman for the transportation authority.
NEWS
January 1, 2016
A person was fatally struck by a SEPTA train Wednesday night in Delaware County, authorities said. The accident was reported at 10:40 p.m. in the area of the Ardmore Junction Station in Haverford Township. The person was struck by a Norristown High Speed Line train that was heading to the Norristown station. Service on the Norristown line was suspended Wednesday night. - Robert Moran
NEWS
December 5, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
The planned rail extension to King of Prussia should create more than $1 billion in local economic activity, spawn more than 5,400 construction-related jobs, and decrease travel time for thousands of commuters, according to a report released Thursday by the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia. The report, which studied the economic benefits of the $1.2 billion project, said SEPTA's expansion of the Norristown High-Speed Line should spur growth in the entire region. "Transit investment has a variety of various spillover effects and generates benefits in many different ways," said Nick Frontino, managing director of strategy and operations for the Economy League.
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