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June 16, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
SEPTA's Regional Rail lines lay empty today. And they'll stay that way for the foreseeable future, if union representatives are to be believed. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen announced late last night that their members are now on strike, effectively shutting down the lines for the 60,000 people they serve daily. "There was no progress in these mediations," Arthur Davidson, general chairman for IBEW System Council No. 7, said last night.
NEWS
July 24, 2013
SEPTA SAW record ridership on its Regional Rail system last fiscal year with 36 million trips, the agency said yesterday. Ridership on the transit authority's 13 Regional Rail lines between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, was up 2.2 percent from the previous year. SEPTA recorded 337.9 million trips on trains, buses and trolleys for the year. That number was down about 2 million trips from the previous year, but includes a two-day shutdown due to Superstorm Sandy. SEPTA said Regional Rail ridership has increased 50 percent over the last 15 years.
NEWS
December 16, 2011
SEPTA workers who maintain Regional Rail signals will get an 11.5 percent wage increase over five years under a deal approved Thursday by the SEPTA board. The terms of the new contract, which affects about 75 employees represented by the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, are similar to those negotiated by other unions in contracts with SEPTA over the last two years. The workers, whose wages have not increased since 2008, currently are paid from $26.55 to $28.85 an hour.
BUSINESS
February 16, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA's Regional Rail lines were experiencing numerous delays and some cancellations Friday night because of crew shortages, an agency spokesman said. "We are confident we'll get people home," albeit with "significant delays," said Andrew Busch, the spokesman. "We have, unfortunately, some manpower issues, some crew shortages," Busch said. "We've had to cancel some trains. " What resulted was a "cascading effect" slowing down service "throughout the system," Busch said. No lines have been canceled for Friday night.
NEWS
February 16, 2000 | by Frank Dougherty, and Chris Brennan, Daily News Staff Writers
A passengerless SEPTA regional rail train was halted dead in its tracks this week when one of its steel wheels split in half. The unusual accident crippled the 14-year-old train as it traveled to the transit agency's newest station in Chester County. Neither the train operator nor the conductor was hurt. "It was a stress crack that began from the inside of the wheel," said Tom Dorricott, an official with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. He added that a broken wheel could have caused a catastrophic derailment.
NEWS
March 13, 2001 | by Chris Brennan Daily News Staff Writer
If the Transport Workers Union, Local 234, goes on strike this week, SEPTA passengers may flock to Regional Rail trains and suburban bus routes. SEPTA's City Transit Division, which carries 875,000 one-way riders a day, would be shut down by a Local 234 strike. That is 84 percent of SEPTA's daily business. Regional Rail trains, which carry 103,000 one-way passengers daily, would continue to run from the suburbs into Center City. SEPTA has 35 to 40 Regional Rail stations in the city, according to Bernard Cohen, the agency's chief operations officer.
NEWS
August 6, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
ALMOST 22,000 Regional Rail passes remain for the weekend of Pope Francis' visit after the close of SEPTA's online papal pass lottery at 11:59 p.m. Monday, but it's still unclear which stations have passes remaining, said SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams. SEPTA has 175,000 passes available for each day of the papal visit on Sept. 26 and 27 - or 350,000 passes total. Williams said 38,068 people entered SEPTA's papal lottery. Each entrant could request up to 10 passes and a total of 328,045 passes were requested.
NEWS
April 2, 1992 | By Steve Boman, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
Starting Sunday and continuing until Oct. 3, most Bucks County riders of SEPTA's regional rail lines will be taking a different route to Center City. Commuters who usually take the R2 Warminster, R3 West Trenton and R5 Lansdale-Doylestown train lines will be diverted onto the Broad Street subway line. Riders of the R8 Fox Chase line will be bused to the Market Frankford subway line. With more than 10,000 commuters to be affected by the diversions in Bucks County, reaction has been varied.
BUSINESS
December 11, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A growing problem with lateness on the Regional Rail lines in the last year is driving SEPTA to make big changes to its schedule, agency officials said Wednesday. Those changes will begin Sunday throughout SEPTA's Regional Rail network, but the biggest adjustments will be on the Warminster and West Trenton Lines. Those lines will now terminate at 30th Street Station instead of at Philadelphia International Airport. There also will be a new, shortened Airport Line. West Trenton Line trains were on time 76 percent of the time in October, officials said.
NEWS
November 20, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Normal service resumed on SEPTA's Trenton commuter rail line shortly before noon Tuesday, about two and a half hours after a person was struck and killed south of the Bristol station. A 35-year-old man was struck by a Philadelphia-bound Regional Rail train between the Bristol and Croydon stations at about 9:15 a.m., a SEPTA spokeswoman said. The two-car train's 96 passengers were transferred to another train to complete their journey, and service was affected for trains in both directions until about 11:45 a.m.  
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BUSINESS
April 13, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, STAFF WRITER
SEPTA and Tullytown have made peace about a month after the transit agency sued the borough in a dispute over construction at the Levittown train station. The two reached a settlement April 7 regarding construction at the Levittown train station in which SEPTA agreed to pay the borough $34,031 in professional fees and accepted full responsibility and liability for the new station. In return, the borough won't claim any authority over SEPTA's construction plans for the station. "The borough is pleased the lawsuit is settled and it will no longer have responsibility for this project," said Michael Sellers, the borough solicitor.
NEWS
April 6, 2016 | Staff Report
Amtrak and SEPTA have resumed rail service through the area of Sunday's deadly Amtrak derailment in Delaware County. The Sunday morning train derailed after crashing into a maintenance vehicle in Chester, killing two rail workers, injuring 37 passengers and shutting down Amtrak and SEPTA trains. Amtrak, which restored limited service Sunday, said it would operate on its normal schedule Monday, though riders on Acela Express and Northeast Regional trains between Philadelphia and Wilmington may face delays.
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March 28, 2016
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BUSINESS
March 26, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
SEPTA riders' wallets will get a break in 2016 as a planned fare increase will be postponed for another year. SEPTA has introduced a fare increase every three years since 2007, and was due for another in July, the beginning of the 2017 fiscal year. The increase would have varied across subway, bus, trolley, Regional Rail, and High-speed lines. The exact amounts had not yet been decided, said Andrew Busch, SEPTA spokesman. The fare increase will likely be bumped back to the 2018 fiscal year, he said.
NEWS
March 13, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
Rail service on one of SEPTA's busiest lines died Thursday night. Catenary power lines were damaged in both Ardmore and Paoli within a 30-minute period, killing service to the Paoli/Thorndale Line beginning about 5:30 p.m. Service wasn't restored until 5:30 a.m. Friday. Hundreds of passengers stranded on trains had to be returned to the nearest station and taken to their destinations by bus. Many thousands more, some who came to Philadelphia for the Flower Show, used roundabout routes to get home, or waited until rush hour ended and more buses could be made available to move them.
NEWS
March 8, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
He's become the scourge of the Media/Elwyn Line quiet car. At 8:30 a.m., among those seeking silence on their way to work, the tall, gray-haired man is loud and insulting, other riders say. He's vocal when something annoys him, and cruel to conductors. "He's just mean and nasty, and he looks for obvious targets," said Megan Mackrides, 34, a regular rider. "The worst part is that no one feels comfortable to say, 'Hey buddy, shut up.' " Passengers complained to police without results.
NEWS
February 27, 2016 | STAFF REPORT
Flood warnings remained in effect Thursday afternoon in parts of the region, with the Schuylkill at Norristown and the Brandywine Creek at Chadds Ford sloshing over their banks. Meanwhile a few thousand customers remained without power, the aftermath of potent thunderstorms that thrashed the region, bringing heavy rain and damanging winds to the area. A gust of 63 mph was reported in Elverson, Chester County, and the storm knocked down trees and power lines. There were reports of motorists stranded in high water, and police departments were urging drivers to be on the lookout for roads blocked by water or wires.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
In the middle of the night Thursday, hours after Regional Rail service is put to bed, trains will still be running on the Warminster line. They're the subjects of the final Federal Railroad Administration tests on SEPTA's Positive Train Control system, a long-awaited braking system that may be days away from coming online for the first time. PTC will automatically slow or stop a train that is exceeding recommended speed limits on the rail. Experts have said the system would have prevented the Amtrak crash in Philadelphia in May that killed eight.
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