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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.
NEWS
February 16, 2016
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NEWS
January 27, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
Update Tuesday 8 a.m.: 18 SEPTA bus routes remain out of service.   Almost two days after the last snowflakes fell, about one-fifth of Philadelphia's 122 bus routes remained suspended. By Monday afternoon, 26 routes were still out of service, largely due to unplowed streets, SEPTA officials said. "These operate in neighborhood areas, and to be able to bring a 40-foot bus down a street requires the street to be relatively cleared," said Manuel Smith, spokesman for the transportation authority.
NEWS
January 27, 2016 | By Anthony R. Wood, Staff Writer
Road crews, public officials, and millions of residents are confronting an overwhelming question: Just what do you do with a season's worth of snow that falls all at once? Despite an armada of plow trucks, many of Philadelphia's sun-deprived streets, as well as secondary roads in areas west of the city hammered by 30 inches of snow, remained either snow-clogged or marginally passable Monday. Even so-called cleared streets were reduced to narrow channels squeezed through phalanxes of plow walls.
NEWS
January 27, 2016 | BY DAN GERINGER, Staff Writer
SEPTA General Manager Jeff Knueppel, who announced Monday that 75 percent of the blizzard-battered public-transit system was running again, said he was teased by a reporter earlier this winter after buying gigantic snow-fighting machines. The 28-year SEPTA veteran, who has battled the four biggest snowstorms in Philadelphia history, oversaw the purchase of a rail-riding, snow-throwing monster truck with a rotating arm that looks like something out of Mad Max: Fury Road . "It was the age-old situation where you buy a snowblower and there's a winter with no snow," Knueppel told the Daily News, laughing.
NEWS
January 24, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
Just stay home. So said the region's transportation agencies as they prepared Friday for up to 20 inches of snow and scouring wind gusts up to 40 m.p.h. "What we're really trying to hammer home is for people to stay off the roads," said Leslie S. Richards, Pennsylvania's transportation secretary. "The more people can stay off the roads, the more our equipment operators can do their job. " Through Friday, local, regional and national transportation agencies listed slowed, limited, or canceled services.
NEWS
January 23, 2016
It has started snowing in the Philadelphia region and already the first major winter storm of the season has had a paralyzing effect. All flights in and out of Philadelphia International Airport have been canceled for Saturday and SEPTA will suspend Regional Rail, bus and trolley operations at 4 a.m. NJ Transit is shutting down at 2 a.m. States of emergencies are in effect in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and motor vehicles accidents are being...
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