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February 29, 2008 | By Paul Nussbaum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
New SEPTA Regional Rail cars will be at least four months late, delaying relief for riders on the increasingly crowded rail lines, SEPTA officials said yesterday. SEPTA has granted Rotem USA Corp. an extension until April 2009 to deliver the first three Silverliner V railcars because of steel shortages and the bankruptcy of a communications equipment supplier, said Patrick Nowakowski, chief operations officer. That will mean delivery of the rest of the 120-car order will also be pushed back at least four months, Nowakowski said.
NEWS
April 20, 2004
IN HIS recent op-ed ("Putting This City on the Right Track"), Pat Eidling of the Philadelphia AFL-CIO writes that United Transit Systems of Korea should be selected as the builder of the new SEPTA Silverliner V rail cars due to its promise to provide some assembly jobs at the old Navy Yard. Although they would be of regional benefit, Mr. Eidling's argument that these new jobs should be the major determinant as to which foreign corporation is awarded this contract to build more than 100 new railcars has two major flaws.
NEWS
February 28, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The South Philadelphia factory that has fallen far behind schedule in building 117 SEPTA railcars is beset by material shortages, design flaws, inadequate equipment, and culture clashes and poor communication between Korean managers and American workers, according to interviews with workers and complaints filed with the National Labor Relations Board. African American, Hispanic, and female workers say they are frequently disparaged as inferior by their Korean managers. Some managers have slapped employees, workers say, and a male employee says he repeatedly was grabbed in the crotch by supervisors.
NEWS
May 24, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The delivery of SEPTA's new Silverliner V railcars continues to lag because of production problems, and the manufacturer says the last of the 120 new cars won't be ready for more than a year. So far, manufacturer Hyundai Rotem Co. has delivered 19 of the cars, and two more were expected to be delivered Monday. Twelve of the new Silverliner V cars are operating regularly in SEPTA passenger service, in two six-car trains. Four of the new cars are being tested by SEPTA, and three are being used to train SEPTA crews or are undergoing scheduled maintenance, SEPTA spokeswoman Jerria Williams said Monday.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fed up with what it describes as lengthy production delays and shoddy workmanship, Boston's transit authority is threatening to cancel its $190 million contract for 75 commuter railcars being assembled at a South Philadelphia factory. The complaints about Hyundai Rotem Corp. are similar to those raised over the last several years by SEPTA, which is still waiting for delivery of the final three of 120 Silverliner V cars ordered in 2006. "This seriously troubled procurement is at a point of crisis," said Jonathan R. Davis, chief financial officer of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, in a letter to Hyundai Rotem's new chief executive, Kyu-Hwan Han, in South Korea.
BUSINESS
September 28, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even before they're built, Amtrak's new locomotives run through Philadelphia. Seventy new "Cities Sprinter" locomotives, worth $466 million, have begun to roll off a Sacramento, Calif., assembly line, complete with components made by Philadelphia-area workers in local factories. The locomotives will operate on the Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington and on the Keystone Corridor between Philadelphia and Harrisburg. They will carry with them seats made by USSC Group Inc. of Exton and steel handrails and tie-rods from Bentech Inc. of Philadelphia.
NEWS
February 1, 2012 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Starting in the 19th century, trains regularly pulled into the quaint brick railroad station in Pemberton. They chugged out of Camden and stopped there on the way to Hightstown until passenger service ended in 1969. Thirty years passed before the Pemberton station found a new role as a museum. Two historic locomotives and 10 cars were added as static displays, and long-term plans called for a short operating rail line providing rides. Now, if Pemberton Township and Burlington County officials have their way, the site will be part of a rails-to-trails system for hikers while continuing as a railroad museum and welcome center touting the area's history.
NEWS
December 3, 2005 | By Larry King INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Nearly two years after its first try dissolved in controversy and litigation, SEPTA has resumed its search for a company to build a fleet of regional railcars. However, SEPTA has decided not to disclose who is bidding for the work. It won't even say how many firms are seeking what is expected to be a $250 million contract. The bidding deadline for a contract to design and assemble at least 104 stainless-steel railcars passed late yesterday afternoon. SEPTA spokesman Richard Maloney said the agency was using a "request for proposal" process, which the agency has determined does not require disclosure of that information.
BUSINESS
September 19, 1987 | By James Asher, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Canadian railcar maker yesterday acquired all the passenger-car designs of the former Budd Co.'s transit division, Transit America Inc. Bombardier Inc. of Quebec, which made the purchase for an undisclosed sum, will lease within the next 30 days an administrative office and warehouse space in either Bucks or Montgomery County and will employ about 50 people, officials said. Bombardier engineers will be responsible for managing the designs and providing some warranty services on existing Budd vehicles.
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NEWS
July 26, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
More than a dozen men bustled around the elevated railcar, attaching wires and sensors to it like doctors placing monitors on a heart patient. And like a heart patient undergoing a stress test, SEPTA is going to push the railcar to the max. "This is exceptional," said SEPTA senior project engineer Greg Buzby of the tests he and other engineers are performing on a Silverliner V, one of 120 cars pulled from service due to a faulty part. Over Independence Day weekend, SEPTA found a fatigue crack in one of the Silverliner V's equalizer beams, a piece that transfers the car's weight to its axles.
BUSINESS
July 23, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
SEPTA's board chairman said Thursday that he has no second thoughts about buying the railcars that were recently pulled from service due to flaws found in one of their key components. "I was very comfortable with those guys being able to do the job," said Pasquale "Pat" Deon, referring to Hyundai Rotem, which received the contract to build 120 cars 10 years ago. Deon was board chairman at the time. Hyundai Rotem's railcars, the Silverliner V's, were delivered from 2010 to 2013 and this month were revealed to have fatigue cracks in equalizer beams, pieces that transfer weight from a car to the axles.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 14, 2016
The wholesale failure of SEPTA's new commuter railcars has been inconvenient, unsettling, and, to the extent transit officials cast it as the public's problem rather than theirs, exasperating. But it was not entirely unforeseeable. The tortuous process that led to SEPTA's star-crossed purchase of the 120 Hyundai Rotem cars now sidelined with structural flaws produced more warning signals than an active railroad crossing. To wit: SEPTA preliminarily awarded the quarter-billion-dollar contract to a Hyundai-led consortium in 2004 even though the agency's staff ranked the proposal last of four bids.
NEWS
July 10, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
It's increasingly likely SEPTA is facing the worst-case scenario for its diminished rail fleet. As a result, riders will see depleted service at least through Labor Day, officials said at Friday afternoon's news conference. While SEPTA hopes to ease the crunch with some borrowed railcars, "it's not looking good for a repair and a quick return to service" for the stricken vehicles, said Jeff Knueppel, SEPTA's general manager. SEPTA pulled 120 Regional Rail cars from service, a third of its fleet, after discovering cracks in key load-bearing beams last week.
NEWS
July 4, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
SEPTA said Saturday that it had removed 120 Silverliner V passenger cars - nearly a third of its passenger railcar fleet - from service due to a "significant structural defect," and that the cars would remain sidelined until repairs are made. The decision raised the prospect of considerable commuter delays when work schedules return to normal after the July 4 holiday weekend. SEPTA spokeswoman Carla Showell-Lee said that the defects had been discovered Friday and that the decision to pull them from service was made in a conference call of senior SEPTA managers.
NEWS
March 18, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
CITING THE GROWING number of railroad cars carrying crude oil through Philadelphia and the state, and a handful of recent derailments, Sen. Bob Casey yesterday called for the passage of federal legislation aimed at increasing railroad safety. Casey, joined at a City Hall news conference by City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, said that although the recent local derailments did not result in oil leakage or injuries, Congress should be proactive in preventing more serious accidents in the future.
NEWS
September 5, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
After meeting behind closed doors Wednesday with representatives of Alstom, the company that is rebuilding PATCO's commuter rail fleet, PATCO officials said the first six rebuilt cars will get their final tests this month. PATCO president John Hanson declined to predict when paying passengers might begin traveling in the long-delayed cars. That date has been steadily pushed back. When Alstom Transport Inc., a French company, won the $194 million contract in December 2010 to rebuild PATCO's 120 railcars at its Hornell, N.Y., factory, PATCO officials said the project, including design, construction, and delivery, would take about five years.
NEWS
November 22, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first of PATCO's long-awaited refurbished railcars have arrived in Lindenwold for final testing and will be carrying paying customers by February, PATCO officials said Wednesday. PATCO passengers have endured months of crowded rides as the commuter rail agency has shipped cars to a Hornell, N.Y., factory for a $194 million makeover. The entire fleet of 120 cars is supposed to be back in service by October 2016, despite delays in delivering the first cars. So far, 26 cars have been sent to the New York factory for overhaul.
BUSINESS
September 28, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even before they're built, Amtrak's new locomotives run through Philadelphia. Seventy new "Cities Sprinter" locomotives, worth $466 million, have begun to roll off a Sacramento, Calif., assembly line, complete with components made by Philadelphia-area workers in local factories. The locomotives will operate on the Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington and on the Keystone Corridor between Philadelphia and Harrisburg. They will carry with them seats made by USSC Group Inc. of Exton and steel handrails and tie-rods from Bentech Inc. of Philadelphia.
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