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July 6, 2016 | By Steve Bohnel and Jason Laughlin, STAFF WRITERS
With structural failures found in one-third of its train fleet, SEPTA officials announced Monday that the Regional Rail lines would be running on a modified Saturday schedule during the workweek and urged Regional Rail riders to shop for other ways of getting around. Repairs could take the rest of the summer, but riders who account for 150,000 trips on Regional Rail each day likely face crowded trains and big delays. Depending on the line, said Ron Hopkins, SEPTA's assistant general manager, capacity could drop as much as 50 percent.
NEWS
July 5, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
Structural failures found in a third of SEPTA's train fleet are forcing more than 100 cars off the tracks indefinitely. Fixes could take the rest of the summer, but riders who account for 150,000 trips on Regional Rail each day will likely face crowded trains and big delays. "Unfortunately, it will be rough on our railroad customers," said Jeff Knueppel, SEPTA's general manager. The flaw, a crack in a weight-bearing beam on a train car's undercarriage, has shown up in almost all of SEPTA's Silverliner V's, the newest trains in its Regional Rail fleet.
BUSINESS
June 21, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, Staff Writer
In another era, SEPTA's proposal to build a power plant in an industrial complex near its Wayne Junction station might have attracted little attention. SEPTA says the project, which would power most of the transit agency's northern Regional Rail system, will keep its trains running in case of a Peco blackout. It also says the $26.8 million plant will save money, and require no outlay for the cash-strapped agency. But SEPTA's proposed power plant would be fueled by natural gas, which despite its clean-burning attributes has become a lightning rod for anti-fossil-fuel activists.
NEWS
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NEWS
May 2, 2016 | By Jon Snyder, Staff Writer
CYCLISTS HAVE been able to ride on old rail lines since the rails-to-trails movement took hold in the '70s and '80s. Now there's an opportunity to bike the rails themselves with Rail Explorers, an upstate New York outfit running an eight-week pilot program on the Wilmington & Western Railroad line along Red Clay Creek in Delaware. Rail Explorers uses rail-bikes, which resemble pedal cars. Loaded with pedalers, the quad-seat bikes can weigh as much as a small car, so they feature a robust hydraulic disc-brake system.
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.
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.
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