September 16, 2011 |
FIRST, there's a thump. Then - lightning fast - a crunch. The inhuman sound erupted moments after Richard Dixon jerked the emergency brake on the train he was operating. Right away, he knew what it was - the sound of a body being crushed beneath his train. It was a 17-year-old boy. "It's really hard to describe," the engineer said, recalling the suicide that unfolded a decade ago as his Regional Rail train barreled north from Jenkintown toward Warminster. "You just know it - and you don't forget it. " For 15 people, trains speeding along the city's railroads have been a gruesome, but easily accessible, means of killing themselves over the past five years.
October 19, 2004
Highlights of SEPTA plan to be discussed at a public hearing today: Raising the base cash fare from $2 to $2.50 and increasing the average price of all other SEPTA fares by 25 percent. Reducing weekday service on all city and suburban routes, including regional rail, by 20 percent. Suspending weekend service on all city and suburban, regional rail and paratransit routes Eliminating approximately 1,400 SEPTA employee positions in response to reduced levels of service.
September 14, 2013 |
SEPTA has drafted a doomsday plan to eliminate nine of its 13 rail lines and shorten two others, close a subway line, and convert trolley routes to bus lines if the state doesn't come up with more money for public transit this year. SEPTA general manager Joseph Casey sent the plan to state Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch on Tuesday and laid it out for the state Senate Transportation Committee Thursday. The "service realignment plan" would begin next year and continue slashing service until 2023, when the SEPTA system would be a shadow of its current self.
November 15, 2013 |
THERE ARE 96 acres of prime real estate hiding in plain sight in the middle of our resurgent city. We scuttle past them every day by car or train. In a land-rich city like Philadelphia, it is often hard to see the treasures lying just beneath our feet. I'm talking about the rail yards at 30th Street. Bounded by the Schuylkill on the east, JFK Boulevard on the south, 32nd Street to the west and Spring Garden Street to the north, the rail yards are the most significant piece of real estate in the city.
June 21, 2011 |
A woman died after being hit by a SEPTA regional rail train near the Hatboro Station in Montgomery County about 8 Tuesday night. The woman's age and identity were not disclosed Tuesday night, however, officials said she may have been suicidal. Police in Hatboro were investigating the incident, but could not comment Tuesday night. Rail service on the Warminster regional rail line was suspended just after the accident, with trains beginning and terminating at the Willow Grove station.
May 31, 1991 |
SEPTA's fare structure does not discriminate against City Transit passengers so more affluent suburban commuters can ride the railroad for less, according to a decision by the federal appeals court in Philadelphia. The Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a split decision handed down Wednesday, ruled that SEPTA's fare structure was not discriminatory, but a "legitimate business" decision to offset decreasing ridership on its Regional Rail line. The 2-1 decision upholds a ruling last year by U.S. District Judge Daniel H. Huyett 3d, who at the time described the suit, filed by the Committee for a Better North Philadelphia, as "nothing more (than)
November 16, 2002 |
A power outage knocked out service to all of SEPTA's regional commuter trains for about 2 1/2 hours yesterday, stranding thousands of riders during the evening rush. SEPTA said the failure occurred about 5:45 p.m. at a distribution center at Wayne Junction in North Philadelphia that services the entire Regional Rail network. Transit agency spokesman Richard Maloney said the failure was an example of "Murphy's law" at work. Some trains ended up being stuck between stations at a time of high volume, he said.
November 18, 2012
A man in his 20s who apparently fell off the platform was injured by a regional rail train as it arrived at Suburban Station shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said. The man ended up under the train, Busch said. He was treated at Hahnemann University Hospital for minor injuries and a possible broken foot. - Jonathan Lai
May 25, 2013 |
SEPTA fares will increase July 1, but the transit agency's new budget, supposed to take effect at the same time, is still undetermined. The SEPTA board on Thursday approved increases that will boost the bus, subway, and trolley cash fare to $2.25 from the current $2. The cost of a token will go to $1.80, up from the current $1.55. Also on July 1, Regional Rail fare zones will change, with the current seven reduced to six. Zone 5, which includes distant suburban stations such as Yardley, Doylestown, Malvern, and Downingtown, will be eliminated.
June 27, 2012 |
The last of SEPTA's old Silverliner II and Silverliner III train cars, dating from the 1960s, are making their final runs this week. The two cars, the last remnants of a fleet of 75, will be taken out of service Friday evening, a day before a federal waiver of handicapped-accessibility rules expires. They will spend their final days on SEPTA's shortest regional rail line, shuttling between Suburban Station and Cynwyd. SEPTA has been gradually replacing its oldest cars with new Silverliner V cars for the past 20 months, as new cars arrive from the Hyundai-Rotem Corp.