October 31, 2012
EVEN THOUGH SEPTA suspended all of its services shortly after midnight on Monday, subway cars could be heard rumbling on the Market-Frankford line in the late afternoon. What gives? SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams said the agency was using "pilot trains" to ferry emergency personnel and search for leaks and hints of flooding underground. SEPTA officials expected to spend about six hours Tuesday morning doing a system-wide assessment to determine when services will resume. The Broad Street and Market-Frankford lines will likely be the first to resume full service.
October 30, 2012 |
The Garden State Parkway was closed south of Exit 129 in Woodbridge Township at 4 p.m. Monday because of flooding, and more "significant closures" were likely on both the Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike, New Jersey officials said. Public transit will remain closed Tuesday morning, though some service may be restored by Tuesday afternoon or evening. Truck and trailer traffic was banned from all Delaware River Port Authority bridges (Commodore Barry, Walt Whitman, Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross bridges)
October 24, 2012 |
Now that SEPTA has finally received most of its 120 new Silverliner V rail cars, the transit agency faces another major issue: when to replace the cars' aging predecessors, the 231 Silverliner IVs that form the bulk of the Regional Rail fleet. Those Silverliner IVs are 36 to 38 years old, about the same age that their forerunners were back in 2006 when SEPTA ordered the new cars to replace them. But SEPTA has no money for more rail cars to replace anthe Silverliner IVs - or almost anything else - so riders can expect to grow old with the existing fleet.
October 20, 2012 |
SEPTA is still waiting for its last seven rail cars from Hyundai Rotem Co., the South Korean manufacturer that is assembling the Silverliner V cars at a South Philadelphia factory. Hyundai Rotem, a subsidiary of the Hyundai automaker, is two years behind in completing delivery of 120 railcars ordered by SEPTA in 2006, and it faces millions of dollars in penalties. So far, SEPTA has received 113 of the cars, and 108 are in service on SEPTA routes. Five of the 113 are still being tested by SEPTA workers.
October 10, 2012 |
SEPTA riders soon will see the first faint stirrings of the future, as workers begin measuring, marking, and testing at subway stations around the city. Crews are preparing the way for SEPTA's long-delayed "smart card" fare system, which is to go live late next year on subways, buses, and trolleys. For Regional Rail, the system won't be ready until 2014. Since SEPTA awarded a $129.5 million contract in November to ACS Transport Solutions Group of Columbia, Md., much of the work on the new fare system has been invisible, with designers and consultants drawing up plans and timetables.
August 28, 2012
I AM WRITING in response to the "Trapdoor Peril" article in the Friday's Daily News. The article needlessly attempts to alarm the public and contains factual inaccuracies regarding the safety of the trap doors on Regional Rail train cars. Commuter train service has historically been one of the safest modes of transportation, and the utilization of these traps has been in existence for decades. These doors are used by virtually every passenger railroad on the East Coast, and neither SEPTA not the Federal Railroad Administration would allow these doors if they were unsafe.
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.
June 27, 2012 |
The last of SEPTA's 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 last 20 months, as new cars arrive from the Hyundai-Rotem Corp.