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.
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.
March 20, 2016 |
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.
February 27, 2016 |
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.
February 12, 2016 |
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.
February 11, 2016 |
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.
January 27, 2016 |
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.
January 27, 2016 |
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.
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
December 5, 2015 |
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.