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January 26, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA on Thursday began the long process of replacing 231 aging Silverliner IV train cars, even as it waits for the last of its new Silverliner V cars. SEPTA officials met with representatives of 12 car manufacturers and other companies in an "expression of interest" session Thursday. Among the manufacturers expressing interest in bidding on a contract for the new cars was Hyundai Rotem Corp., which built the new Silverliner V cars but fell two years behind schedule amid production and labor problems.
NEWS
November 18, 2012
A man in his 20s who apparently fell off the platform was injured by a regional rail train as it arrived at Suburban Station shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said. The man ended up under the train, Busch said. He was treated at Hahnemann University Hospital for minor injuries and a possible broken foot. - Jonathan Lai
NEWS
October 31, 2012 | By Troy Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
All SEPTA regional rail lines will be working Wednesday, operating from the normal start of service in the morning on a weekday schedule, SEPTA announced Tuesday evening. Meanwhile, PATCO announced that service resumed at 6 p.m. tonight, with trains departing every half hour. Amtrak was to resume most service in the area Wednesday, though New York City service remains suspended because of tunnel flooding. NJ Transit said it would resume limited bus service Wednesday in Camden.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 30, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaumand Jonathan Lai, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
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)
BUSINESS
October 24, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 10, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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