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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
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.
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.  
NEWS
August 15, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A TENTATIVE DEAL has been reached between SEPTA and one of the Regional Rail unions with which it's been locked in a long labor dispute, officials said yesterday. Representatives from the transit authority and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers agreed yesterday to the terms of a new labor contract, said Arthur Davidson, the general chairman of the union's System Council No. 7. With the contract approved by union leadership, the next step is for it to be ratified by IBEW's 220 members, who will be voting for the next two weeks on the matter, Davidson said.
NEWS
February 17, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA has rediscovered its color palette. Last summer, SEPTA abandoned its R designations for Regional Rail lines and got rid of the color associated with each line. The red for the R7, the blue for the R5, and the other colors were replaced with a uniform blue-gray tint for all lines. Riders complained that without letters or colors, schedules for the different lines were hard to tell apart and hard to find in the station racks. So, with the release of spring rail schedules next month, SEPTA will have colored bars across the top of the timetables.
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BUSINESS
March 23, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wetter. Warmer. Wilder. That long-term weather forecast for the Philadelphia region means trouble for SEPTA, especially on its railroad, subway, and trolley routes. A federal report released this month, which used SEPTA as a case study for the nation's transit systems, predicts that average temperatures in Philadelphia will rise by 3 to 6 degrees by 2050, with greater annual rainfall and more frequent "heavy precipitation events. " That means SEPTA can expect more flooding, sagging rail-power lines, mudslides, toppled trees, and washed-out rail beds.
BUSINESS
March 9, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Boosted by an improving economy and lower gasoline prices, travel is increasing on U.S. highways and transit systems, although individual American drivers appear to be driving fewer miles than they used to. The rebound in vehicle traffic in 2014 followed six years of declining or stagnant numbers, attributed to tough economic times and changing driving habits. Mass transit ridership also grew last year, continuing a decades-long trend. Transportation patterns are being closely watched by policymakers and federal legislators as they debate ways to pay for highway and transit construction and maintenance.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA managers and Regional Rail workers differed sharply Tuesday on the possible safety effects if SEPTA is permitted to avoid requirements of a federal rule designed to limit fatigue. SEPTA wants the Federal Railroad Administration to renew a waiver that the transit agency has had from the work rule for two years. At an FRA public hearing in Delaware County on Tuesday, engineers and conductors argued that a waiver would endanger passengers by forcing train crews to work with too little rest.
NEWS
January 28, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA subways will remain open all night and Tuesday's Regional Rail service is still up in the air, as transit agencies respond to the impending snowstorm. NJTransit will halt service Monday evening. No trains or buses will depart after 8 p.m. No service will operate Tuesday. No trains will run Wednesday, although some bus and light rail service may resume then. SEPTA service was to be unaffected Monday, spokeswoman Jerri Williams said. SEPTA will post planned bus detours for Tuesday on its website by 8 p.m. Monday, she said.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA will spend $55.5 million to replace the 120-year-old Crum Creek rail bridge on the busy Media-Elwyn line in Delaware County, after approval by the SEPTA board Thursday. Replacement of the 925-foot-long bridge between Swarthmore and Nether Providence Township, which will require rail commuters to switch to buses for part of the route in 2016, is to begin early next year and be completed by the spring of 2017. The SEPTA board also approved other major spending Thursday, including: $6.6 million to buy 40 new 60-foot buses instead of 40-foot vehicles to accommodate more passengers.
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.  
BUSINESS
November 16, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
A SEPTA worker involved in a fatal 2009 Regional Rail accident is fighting a federal effort to disqualify him from safety-sensitive rail work until 2019. Vance Almond, 57, of South Philadelphia, contends he is being made a scapegoat in the death of rail inspector Kevin Sparks, who was hit and killed by a West Trenton train on Nov. 5, 2009, during a transit strike. About 8:30 a.m. that day, Train 327 was coming out of a curve at 65 m.p.h., traveling south on tracks usually used by northbound trains, just south of the Melrose Park station, federal accident investigators found.
NEWS
October 25, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA's long-delayed, $130-million smart-card payment system will be called SEPTA Key, the agency announced Thursday. Like Ben Franklin's key. Get it? But unlike Franklin's kite experiment, no lightning speed is involved with SEPTA's move away from tokens, passes and tickets. The first new subway turnstiles are in place, but widespread use of the card on subways and buses won't happen till next year, and on Regional Rail, not until 2016 at least. The new system will allow riders to use any "contactless" credit card or a SEPTA-issued card or even a smartphone to pay their fares at card-reading turnstiles or bus fare boxes.
NEWS
October 15, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
AFTER negotiating for five years, SEPTA has settled with one of its Regional Rail unions. The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen reached a "tentative agreement" with the transit authority yesterday afternoon, according to a statement from union leaders. The parties approved a contract that, once ratified by the union's 200 members and by SEPTA's board of directors, would cover the union through July. "This agreement keeps the trains rolling in Philadelphia," union vice president Steve Bruno said in announcing the agreement.
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