July 19, 2016
ISSUE | SEPTA How thorough are regular inspections? Two editorials gave credit to SEPTA for having detected the structural fault in commuter railcars before there was any injury ("No time for slow route," July 7; "SEPTA trains' tortuous track," Wednesday). For that, all train travelers are blessed. I wonder, however, how thorough safety inspections were when, after seeing that one coach was out of kilter, SEPTA determined that 115 of 120 Silverliner V coaches had structural cracks and all of them needed to be taken out of service immediately.
July 9, 2015 |
Tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will increase 6 percent in 2016, effective Jan. 3. Also, an additional toll will be collected from westbound vehicles at a new all-electronic toll plaza in Bucks County, at the eastern end of the turnpike. That toll will be $5 for passenger vehicles using E-ZPass and $6.75 for vehicles without E-ZPass. A bill will be mailed to the owner of a non-E-ZPass vehicle, based on its license plate. The decisions by the Turnpike Commission on Tuesday to raise tolls for the eighth year in a row means the cash toll to drive from the Ohio border to the New Jersey border will be $48.90 for passenger cars, up from the current $46.10.
May 15, 2015 |
There was a body in the grass. More under the cars. The injured were scattered on the ground. The battered passenger cars of Amtrak Train 188 had jumped the tracks just minutes before, and lay at odd angles in a scene emergency responders described as beyond anything they had seen before - or want to see again. "Carnage," one said. "Steel. " The first responders had pushed through the fence at Frankford Junction on Tuesday evening, and found the New York City-bound train at the foot of the hill.
January 18, 2013 |
Should motorists pay less to cross the Delaware on the underused Betsy Ross Bridge than on the crowded Ben Franklin? Should drivers on the spans once again get an E-ZPass discount? Should PATCO passengers pay higher fares to cover more of the trains' costs? Leaders of the Delaware River Port Authority will consider "more sophisticated" fare and toll structures for the agency's bridges and PATCO among other options as they plan DRPA's future, Board Chairman David Simon said.
December 21, 2012
WASHINGTON - Confronted with a revolt among the rank-and-file, House Republicans abruptly put off a vote Thursday night on legislation allowing tax rates to rise for households earning $1 million and up, complicating attempts to avoid a year-end "fiscal cliff" that threatens to send the economy into recession and likely sending negotiations past Christmas. In a brief statement, House Speaker John Boehner said the bill "did not have sufficient support from our members to pass. " Meanwhile, he challenged President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to work on legislation to avert the fiscal cliff.
December 4, 2012 |
Behind the wheel in an empty spot of his Cherry Hill law firm's parking lot, Peter Spirgel grinned wickedly. Then he floored it. Whooah! The Tesla sedan - a Model S Performance, for those who attend to such details - shot from a standstill. Just eight days into ownership, Spirgel was still like a giddy kid, noting the luxury details, the 17-inch screen that governs everything - "like driving an iPad" a friend said - and, not least, the engineering marvel of a top-end electric car. When Spirgel took delivery, he became another statistic, albeit a snazzy one, in the growing electric-vehicle marketplace.
January 16, 2012 |
Bruce Mather can still pinpoint when the love affair started. It was 1966 when he fell for speed, the going-fast variety. He was in college, a designated driver behind the wheel of his roommate's MGB roadster - a far different machine from Mather's Dodge Dart. "The way that car felt was just so amazingly different than the standard automatic I had been driving," he recently recalled, still wistful so many years later. His lead-footed passion would evolve from "typical speeding" to tearing up back roads where "I wasn't very good at staying on them.
January 4, 2006
Parents may be tired of this lecture, but here it goes again: All children under 13 need to sit in the back seat and wear a safety belt. Here's a new reason: Encasing them in an SUV, no matter how big or heavy, won't necessarily save them in a motor-vehicle accident, the leading cause of death for Americans ages 4 to 24. "Contrary to public perception, SUVs do not provide superior protection to child occupants, compared with passenger cars,"...
September 30, 2002 |
A serrated knife, a state trooper, and a passing motorist saved an Atlantic County man from a burning car this weekend, authorities said. According to state police, a Nissan Pathfinder driven by Christopher Quigley, 30, of Sicklerville, struck a car on Route 322 in Hamilton, forcing it into a utility pole at 3 a.m. Saturday. Police said that Quigley, allegedly under the influence of alcohol, drove away, and that the car, driven by Adrian Crook, 24, of Hamilton, caught fire on the passenger side.