November 16, 1999 |
Calling it "an important part" of a commitment to revitalize the county seat and improve regional transportation, U.S. Rep. Joe Hoeffel (D., Pa.) yesterday announced a $1 million federal grant to SEPTA to help construct a 500-car parking garage at its Norristown Transportation Center. Parking is at a premium at the Lafayette and Swede Street lot that now can hold up to 135 cars. When the $8 million garage is completed - pegged to happen in 2003 - there will be space for 365 more cars, SEPTA officials said at a morning news conference at the transportation center.
October 4, 1995 |
A Mack truck carrying 80 tons of steel parts rolled out of a parking lot and down a steep incline yesterday morning, landing in the center of the Norristown high-speed line tracks and causing delays for 500 commuters. SEPTA employees said faulty brakes were to blame for the 25-foot-long truck's journey from a lot on Yerkes Road about 4 a.m. yesterday. The truck slid across a road and onto the tracks at the Hughes Park station, knocking down a wood pole. Several residents said they heard a thud in the night, but were not sure what it was until they woke to the sound of workers toiling on the tracks.
July 7, 2013
Excessive heat warning for area The National Weather Service yesterday issued an excessive heat warning for the region beginning at 11 a.m. today and ending at 8 tomorrow night. The heat index is forecasted to be between 100 and 102, with temperatures between 92 and 96 degrees, with high humidity. Noon to 8 p.m. are expected to be the hottest hours today and tomorrow, according to ReadyNotifyPA, which is advising citizens to stay hydrated and check on relatives and neighbors.
October 28, 2011
Shuttle buses will operate this weekend between the Norristown Transportation Center (NTC) and the Elm Street Station on the SEPTA's Manayunk/Norristown Regional Rail line because of a grade crossing renewal project. Passengers traveling to Philadelphia will board shuttle buses at Elm Street and Main Street Stations 10 minutes before the scheduled train departure times. The buses will travel to the NTC, where passengers will transfer to trains to complete their trips. Trains to Philadelphia will operate normally from the NTC and serve all stations inbound to Center City.
April 10, 2013 |
Full service on SEPTA's Manayunk-Norristown regional rail line was restored at about 2:30 p.m. after telephone lines fell and damaged the rods on top of a train in Norristown that help power the train earlier. Thirty SEPTA passengers were stuck on that disabled train for about 45 minutes, said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch. No one was hurt, but authorities kept passengers on the train as a precaution until all power was turned off and the riders could safely be let off the train and taken to shuttle buses.
January 14, 2000 |
As a result of an independent safety analysis on three dozen of its escalators, SEPTA on Wednesday pulled the plug on 16 moving stairways, stopping them dead in their tracks. "It was the right thing to do. SEPTA is committed to the safety of all our riders," said General Manager Jack K. Leary. But at a news conference yesterday announcing the shutdowns, Leary promised to have 10 of the dormant stairways operating within a week. As a result of the Broad Street Subway escalator accident that severed the foot of little Shareif Hall, SEPTA paid $20,000 to Landmark Elevators Consultants of Long Island to make a "rigorous inspection of the state of repair of [SEPTA's]
May 4, 1993 |
At the Norristown Transportation Center yesterday morning, SEPTA service supervisor William T. Ryals was standing at the side of the Center City express buses, bullhorn in hand. His mission was to help ease the pain of commuters from the northern suburbs whose trains will be out of service for the next four months, as the transit authority works to complete the second phase of RailWorks, its two- year bridge replacement and refurbishing project. On this day, his task looked easy.
December 13, 2001 |
SEPTA suburban bus drivers and mechanics overwhelmingly approved a labor agreement late yesterday. The Frontier Division bus drivers and mechanics responsible for 21 suburban routes voted, 132-7, to accept a wage package negotiated Tuesday on the eve of the threatened walkout. Since their contract expired in April, the 157 drivers and 31 mechanics based in Conshohocken have held out for wages comparable to those in SEPTA's City Transit Division. The top hourly rate in the Frontier Division is $17.17, compared with $19.47 in the city.
June 16, 1989 |
SEPTA began high-speed rail service to the new Norristown Transportation Center yesterday as the R6 Ivy Ridge/Norristown Line rolled into the station at 1:30 p.m. SEPTA spokesman Dave Murdock said six Frontier Division buses and other Regional Rail Division trains also had begun using the facility while workers continued preparations for the official opening in early July. The R6 left SEPTA's 69th Street Terminal at 1 p.m. on its regularly scheduled run and was met in Norristown by Thomas DeGraw, chief of Suburban Operations, Murdock said.
December 12, 2001 |
Drivers for SEPTA's suburban Frontier Division, who had threatened to go on strike at noon today, reached a tentative contract agreement with the transit agency yesterday afternoon. "We met with the union today and we have an agreement that will enable us to provide full service without any disruption," SEPTA spokesman Richard Maloney said. Transport Workers Union Local 234, which represents 157 Frontier Division bus drivers and 31 mechanics, reached agreement with SEPTA with the help of a state mediator.