May 15, 2016 |
For falsely arresting a nurse on Christmas 2013, former SEPTA Police Officer Douglas Ioven must spend four hours each Christmas for the next four years doing community service. That was part of a novel Noel sentence handed down Friday by a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge. In March, Ioven, 44, was found guilty of false imprisonment and official oppression for arresting nurse Muibat Williamson at Suburban Station, following a contentious confrontation between the two at a Dunkin' Donuts store.
May 14, 2016
Two SEPTA passengers were injured Thursday afternoon after a trolley and SUV crashed in the Ludlow section of Philadelphia, officials said. SEPTA spokeswoman Kristin Geiger said the crash, which occurred at Ninth Street and Girard Avenue, involved a Route 15 trolley. The extent of the passengers' injuries was unknown. Geiger said she wasn't sure if any more passengers were riding the trolley at the time of the crash. The SUV driver's condition was also unknown. SEPTA is running shuttle buses between 15th Street and the Delaware Loop until the trolley route can be cleared.
May 13, 2016 |
SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III used a Taser on a man in Kensington on Wednesday afternoon while responding to a situation involving a group of neighborhood residents and two intoxicated men, a spokeswoman for the transit authority said. According to spokeswoman Carla Showell-Lee, around 2:40 p.m. a drunken driver - with his equally intoxicated passenger beside him - hit several parked cars at Frankford Avenue and Cambria Street. Residents tried to hold the men down until police arrived, but a large "melee" ensued, Showell-Lee said.
May 12, 2016
A bicyclist died Tuesday afternoon after being struck by a SEPTA bus in Frankford, police said. About noon, the male cyclist cut in front of a Route J bus traveling on Orthodox Street near Aramingo Avenue, police said. The bus struck the cyclist, who was taken to Aria Health's Frankford hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:12 p.m., police said. The bus driver stopped at the scene. The bus had no passengers at the time, but was in service, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said.
May 11, 2016 |
A former city employee pleaded guilty Monday to forging and selling fake SEPTA passes to City Hall workers, prosecutors said. Mark Cooper, 35, worked for Philly 311, the city's Call Center. Federal prosecutors say he and his co-worker Kimberly Adams sold more than $10,000 worth of forged TransPass cards between August 2013 and June 2015. The duo sold about 2,000 fake passes for about $50 apiece, prosecutors said. The passes - which allow unlimited monthly travel on buses, trolleys and subways - retail at $91 a month.
April 29, 2016 |
A school bus driver turned away from a job as a SEPTA bus operator because of a drug conviction dating back nearly 20 years filed a federal lawsuit against the transit agency Wednesday. The suit said SEPTA violates federal employment laws by routinely misusing criminal-history information turned up in background checks to eliminate potential employees, even when the offenses happened long ago and are irrelevant to the job. SEPTA said it would have no comment on the lawsuit. "People change their lives," said Frank Long, 56, of Philadelphia's Logan section, now a delivery-truck driver.
April 23, 2016 |
A SEPTA police officer who found a man unconscious at the 69th Street Transportation Center in Upper Darby on Thursday accidentally got pricked by an uncapped needle in the man's pocket and was taken to a hospital to be examined, authorities said. It was about 2 p.m. when the officer saw the man, who looked like he was in his 20s, in a passenger waiting area, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said. The officer, a 25-year veteran, went to check if the man was breathing, Busch said.
April 21, 2016 |
A grant of nearly $2.6 million will bring emissions-free electric buses to Philadelphia streets. "We looked at the economics, and we looked at the impact on the environment, and we thought on both fronts this was a good decision for the authority," said Rich Burnfield, SEPTA's deputy general manager. The Federal Transportation Administration grant, announced Tuesday, will help pay for 25 electric buses from Proterra, a California-based manufacturer. Matt Horton, one of the company's senior vice presidents, said SEPTA's order was one of the largest from a major transit agency.
April 18, 2016 |
The city's annual Philly Spring Cleanup is happening on Saturday as neighborhoods and volunteers across the city help spruce up the streets. The cleanup is taking place now until 2 p.m. The Streets Department will pick up bagged trash and debris at designated locations after 2 p.m. For more info, visit www.PhillySpringCleanup.com , or just go outside and help your neighbors if you see a cleanup in progress. Hundreds of SEPTA employees and City Year corps members are among many who will be helping clean city streets.
April 17, 2016 |
Transit agencies around the country will be watching SEPTA June 13. That's the debut, announced Friday, of the long-promised smart-fare card, SEPTA Key. It is among the most complicated systems of its kind, designed to manage fares for trains, buses, and trolleys with an open payment system, which will eventually accept not just the branded SEPTA card but certain bank cards. "Everyone is watching Philadelphia," said Walter Allen, who runs Acumen Building Enterprise, an Oakland, Calif., company that installs similar systems.