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NEWS
December 16, 2011
SEPTA workers who maintain Regional Rail signals will get an 11.5 percent wage increase over five years under a deal approved Thursday by the SEPTA board. The terms of the new contract, which affects about 75 employees represented by the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, are similar to those negotiated by other unions in contracts with SEPTA over the last two years. The workers, whose wages have not increased since 2008, currently are paid from $26.55 to $28.85 an hour.
NEWS
November 18, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA awarded a Maryland company a $129.5 million contract Thursday for the long-awaited "smart card" fare system to allow bus, subway, trolley and rail passengers to pay for their trips by tapping a card on an electronic reader. The contract awarded to ACS Transport Solutions Group of Columbia, Md., will enable riders to 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. SEPTA's board of directors unanimously approved ACS at the recommendation of staff over two other bidders, Cubic Transportation Systems Inc. of San Diego and Scheidt & Bachmann of Germany.
NEWS
November 17, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
SEPTA awarded a Maryland company a $129.5 million contract Thursdayfor the long-awaited "smart card" fare system to allow bus, subway, trolley and rail passengers to pay for their trips by tapping a card on an electronic reader. The contract awarded to ACS Transport Solutions Group of Columbia, Md., will enable riders to 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. SEPTA's board of directors unanimously approved ACS, at the recommendation of staff, over two other bidders, Cubic Transportation Systems Inc. of San Diego and Scheidt & Bachmann of Germany.
NEWS
October 27, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 26, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 20, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
October 10, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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%
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