October 27, 2011 |
A lawyer for Delaware County says she was thrown beneath a moving SEPTA train Monday when it pulled out of the Eddystone station before she had fully gotten off. Patricia Biswanger, 55, of Bryn Mawr, said two cars of the train passed over her as she lay in the gravel train bed between the platform and the rails. "It was terrifying. All I'm thinking is, 'What is it going to feel like when this train hits me? When is the pain going to start?' " Biswanger said Wednesday. Biswanger called a friend, Francie Howat, the Eddystone borough manager, who notified local police.
October 26, 2011 |
An attorney for Delaware County says she was thrown beneath a moving SEPTA train on Monday when the train pulled out of the Eddystone station before she had fully disembarked. Patricia Biswanger, 55, of Bryn Mawr, said two cars of the train passed over her as she lay in the gravel trainbed between the platform and the rails. "It was terrifying. All I'm thinking is, 'what is it going to feel like when this train hits me? When is the pain going to start?'" Biswanger said Wednesday.
October 24, 2011
PHILADELPHIA Man dies in crash A passenger in a one-car accident in Bridesburg died early yesterday, but the driver was uninjured, police said. The accident happened on Tacony Street near Bridge at 3:19 a.m. when the 34-year-old driver lost control of his 2006 Chevy Impala, slammed into a wall and then hit a pole with the passenger's side of his vehicle. The 44-year-old passenger was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:35 a.m. His identity was not released pending family notification.
October 20, 2011 |
The contract for SEPTA's new "smart card" fare-payment system may not be awarded until next month. A SEPTA board committee was expected to review the bids Thursday and send a recommendation to the full board, but SEPTA board chairman Pasquale T. "Pat" Deon said the $120 million contract may be awarded next Thursday or may wait for the board's Nov. 10 meeting. SEPTA has fallen far behind schedule in picking a company to install an electronic fare-payment system that would allow bus, subway, trolley, and train passengers to pay for their trips by tapping any "contactless" bank card on an electronic reader.
October 10, 2011 |
SEPTA's new electronic fare-payment system may herald the biggest change for local rail commuters since the Center City tunnel was built 30 years ago. SEPTA expects to award a contract this month for its long-delayed "smart card" fare system, which will allow bus, subway, trolley, and train passengers to pay for their trips by tapping any "contactless" bank card on an electronic reader. Riders can use credit or debit cards they already own or get smart cards from SEPTA. The system is also being designed to eventually accept payment from smartphones.
October 9, 2011
Philadelphia.......... 31.1% Montgomery......... 30.5% Delaware.............. 14.4% Bucks...................... 9.8% Chester................... 8.4% Delaware state....... 3.1% New Jersey............. 2.6%
September 16, 2011 |
FIRST, there's a thump. Then - lightning fast - a crunch. The inhuman sound erupted moments after Richard Dixon jerked the emergency brake on the train he was operating. Right away, he knew what it was - the sound of a body being crushed beneath his train. It was a 17-year-old boy. "It's really hard to describe," the engineer said, recalling the suicide that unfolded a decade ago as his Regional Rail train barreled north from Jenkintown toward Warminster. "You just know it - and you don't forget it. " For 15 people, trains speeding along the city's railroads have been a gruesome, but easily accessible, means of killing themselves over the past five years.
August 25, 2011 |
SEPTA officials announced Wednesday that they planned to award a roughly $100 million contract within the next two months for a new fare-payment system. At a news conference at the agency's Center City headquarters, spokesman Richard Maloney said the system would let passengers pay with credit cards, debit cards, cellphones, or electronic SEPTA cards. The system will likely take several years to install, officials said. John McGee Jr., SEPTA's chief officer for new payment technologies, said introducing the system on buses, trolleys, and subways would involve few changes.
August 8, 2011 |
WHEN SEPTA's new Silverliner V made its maiden voyage last October, taking reporters and a few startled Regional Rail riders on the five-stop run between Suburban Station and Cynwyd, it had that new railcar smell emanating from plush, blue vinyl seats, that magic-carpet ride and that seductive bedroom voice announcing SEPTA stations as if they were topless joints. The "Little Silverliner that Could" - three railcars from Hyundai Rotem's South Korea factory - held the promise that, as soon as SEPTA put 117 more into service, Regional Rail riders could blow a goodbye kiss to the butt-busting battalion of Silverliner IIs and IIIs, built during the '60s, when Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney were young.