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December 26, 2015
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NEWS
December 22, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
A key train safety system is now active on Amtrak rails from Washington to New York. And SEPTA's Regional Rail system is not far behind in activating its own version of the technology, officials have said. Amtrak activated Positive Train Control, which can automatically slow or stop a speeding train, between Philadelphia and New York this past weekend. The system went online from Philadelphia to Washington a week ago, spokeswoman Christina Leeds said Sunday night. The system was already operational on Amtrak rails from New Haven, Conn., to Boston, she said.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2015
SEPTA continues to have problems with the introduction of its new Regional Rail schedules, with the agency contending with misprints and a smartphone app that is not showing users updated routes. SEPTA officials recommended that riders rely exclusively on the transit agency's website, SEPTA.org, for accurate schedules. "We're working as quickly as we can" to fix the app, said Richard Burnfield, SEPTA's deputy general manager. "We're literally going through thousands of data points.
BUSINESS
December 11, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A growing problem with lateness on the Regional Rail lines in the last year is driving SEPTA to make big changes to its schedule, agency officials said Wednesday. Those changes will begin Sunday throughout SEPTA's Regional Rail network, but the biggest adjustments will be on the Warminster and West Trenton Lines. Those lines will now terminate at 30th Street Station instead of at Philadelphia International Airport. There also will be a new, shortened Airport Line. West Trenton Line trains were on time 76 percent of the time in October, officials said.
BUSINESS
November 13, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Water dribbled, a nozzle spun faster, and then, for a few minutes, the trickle became a jet, roaring as it blasted the tracks beneath a train. "It'd take your fingers off if you put them in there," said Dennis McAnulla, the assistant chief mechanical officer on Regional Rail maintenance for SEPTA. Oozing from a pipe a few feet farther along the train was a milky solution of sand, tiny metal beads, and oil that ran like melting ice cream over the rail. The train's three-man crew ran a few more checks, tested the brakes, and Wash 2 heaved forward from the Wayne Electric Car Shop off Germantown Avenue into a drizzly night to combat nature's bane of trains: Fallen leaves.
BUSINESS
November 4, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wheelchair users on Philadelphia's regional public transportation network regularly face obstacles getting on and off subways and trains. Most formidable are steep stairways that, at some stops, are the only access to SEPTA's subway platforms. Out of 53 stations on the Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines, about 35 percent are not handicapped-accessible. What's needed is elevators to get people with mobility problems from street level to platforms above and below. "Twenty-five years after ADA [the Americans With Disabilities Act]
NEWS
October 1, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin and Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writers
Last weekend's visit by Pope Francis was good for hotels, but terrible for restaurants and shops closest to the Center City papal events, according to a survey of businesses the City Controller's Office released Tuesday. "Several restaurants stated they were the hardest-hit because they stocked up on supplies over the course of the week, only to find that the demand never materialized," Controller Alan Butkovitz said in a statement he released along with the survey. In the city, 19 restaurants each reported business was off by 45 percent compared with a typical weekend.
NEWS
September 29, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Michael Boren, Tom Avril, and Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pilgrims' progress slowed to a snail's pace Sunday night as tens of thousands of travelers who had come to see the pope attempted to leave Philadelphia through a limited number of departure points. Just before 10 p.m., SEPTA said most Regional Rail riders were finally on their way. That was after lines outside stations swelled to the hundreds, as transit workers hustled to fill trains capable of holding 900. Waits of an hour to three hours in line were reported. Particularly busy was the Broad Street Subway, where visitors who had come by tour bus made their way back to their buses, waiting at the sports complex in South Philadelphia.
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