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NEWS
July 6, 2006 | By Larry King INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Less than a year after a weeklong strike stilled buses, subways and trolleys, SEPTA once again faces the threat of a shutdown - this time, regional commuter trains. The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET), whose 195 local members run SEPTA regional-rail trains, have worked without a contract for almost a year. Union leaders and SEPTA are at odds over wages. In November, the transit authority gave its largest union - Transport Workers Union Local 234 - a four-year deal with annual 3 percent raises.
NEWS
September 3, 1992 | By Diane Struzzi, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Ask Ed Wilkes about the future of transportation in the suburbs and he'll tell you to look at Route 202 during rush hour. The outlook isn't pretty, he said, particularly if SEPTA eliminates its weekend service and some off-peak weekday service on its regional rail lines, as it has proposed. "People will get back in their cars," said Wilkes, chairman of the Upper Merion Board of Supervisors and a SEPTA commuter for 17 years. And he wasn't buoyed by what he heard at the authority's hearing at the Valley Forge Hilton in King of Prussia on Tuesday night, the second in a series of five meetings the authority held on its proposed cuts to the regional rail lines.
NEWS
September 16, 2011 | BY PHILLIP LUCAS, lucasp@phillynews.com 215-854-5914
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.
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.
BUSINESS
October 5, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
There won't be a SEPTA rail strike on Oct. 13. But there might be one on Feb. 10. And that could coincide with a possible strike by bus, subway, and trolley workers, shutting down the entire SEPTA system. SEPTA officials said Friday that they will ask for a second 120-day presidential emergency board to mediate the Regional Rail labor dispute when the current board's term expires at 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 13, if no settlement is reached by then. Under the federal Railway Labor Act, that would compel locomotive engineers and SEPTA to continue to operate as normal until the end of the 120 days, on Feb. 10. SEPTA's 220 locomotive engineers and 215 railroad electrical workers went on a one-day strike on June 14, before President Obama appointed the first presidential board at Gov. Corbett's request.
BUSINESS
June 8, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Faster, better passenger train service on the overcrowded Northeast Corridor will require more cooperation - and money - from eight states and the District of Columbia, eight commuter rail agencies, Amtrak, and freight railroads, rail experts said this week. A new federal law requires the many users of the 457-mile corridor to come up with a cost-sharing plan by October 2014, and local transit authorities such as SEPTA fear that will mean higher costs for them. States as well are struggling to pay for new Amtrak requirements.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 10, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA's new electronic fare-payment system may herald the biggest change for local rail commuters since the Center City tunnel was built 30 years ago. SEPTA expects to award a contract this month for its long-delayed "smart card" fare system, which will allow bus, subway, trolley, and train passengers to pay for their trips by tapping any "contactless" bank card on an electronic reader. Riders can use credit or debit cards they already own or get smart cards from SEPTA. The system is also being designed to eventually accept payment from smartphones.
NEWS
June 21, 2011 | By PHILLIP LUCAS, lucasp@phillynews.com
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.
NEWS
May 31, 1991 | By Richard Burke, Inquirer Staff Writer
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)
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