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July 17, 1998 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A federal magistrate judge set stringent bail conditions yesterday for a SEPTA police officer charged by New York authorities in a hostage-taking robbery allegedly orchestrated by Russian mobsters. Authorities allege that furs, jewelry and Rolex watches were taken during a home break-in in Brooklyn on May 13 and that the victims were later forced to pay an additional $40,000 in cash. The victims, identified only as the owners of a New York business, were gagged, handcuffed and had their faces covered with ski caps by two men who entered their home posing as police officers, according to a criminal complaint filed last week.
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September 12, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
MAYBE IT doesn't really need to be said after all these years, but Philadelphia kind of has a bad reputation. No, it's not about the smell - that's more of a Jersey thing - but the people who call this city home are known for being rude, for having short fuses, for always being thisclose to blurting out, "No, screw YOU!" To date, there isn't a known medical cure for this condition. But SEPTA is going to try to make a dent in the problem. The transit agency on Tuesday launched "Dude It's Rude," an advertising campaign/gentle intervention aimed to get riders to curb knuckleheaded behavior.
NEWS
September 8, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Market East Station, the 30-year-old subterranean commuter rail hub beneath Center City, will be renamed Jefferson Station in a multimillion-dollar deal between SEPTA and Jefferson Health System. SEPTA, Jefferson, and city officials will unveil new signs Thursday at a news conference in the station. The deal will mean millions of dollars for SEPTA and increased public exposure for Jefferson, whose Thomas Jefferson University Hospital complex is just two blocks south of the station.
NEWS
September 6, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals will pay $4 million for a five-year deal to put the Jefferson name on SEPTA's Market East commuter rail station in Center City. For an extra $3.4 million, Jefferson can keep the naming rights for an additional four years - a decision it will make at the end of its initial term. SEPTA will get 85 percent of the money, and its New York-based advertising agency, Titan Worldwide, will get 15 percent, officials said. The new Jefferson Station name was unveiled in ceremonies Thursday morning at the 30-year-old subterranean rail hub. Stephen Klasko, president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health System, said the name would raise Jefferson's presence in the region and demonstrate its desire "to provide access to everyone.
NEWS
November 7, 2008
Everybody's hoping for another Phillies parade next year, but fans shouldn't expect SEPTA to do the impossible - that is, carry hundreds of thousands of riders beyond its normal capacity. The disappointed baseball fans who were delayed and stranded on crowded train platforms last week were understandably frustrated and angry. But they really shouldn't have been surprised that a commuter rail system sized for 135,000 could not handle several times the ridership. No question, thousands tried to do the right thing by taking a train or bus to Center City and the stadium complex.
NEWS
February 7, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Unhappy with the pace of contract negotiations, SEPTA police are warning of a possible strike. SEPTA officials have drawn up contingency plans for protecting passengers and SEPTA property in case of a strike, a spokeswoman said Monday. The Fraternal Order of Transit Police, which represents about 220 SEPTA officers, had a one-day walkout in 2008, the first ever by the police force. No new strike is imminent yet, as the police and SEPTA have agreed to talk again in March.
NEWS
February 4, 2013
I WOULD LIKE TO thank the Daily News for the help concerning my SEPTA issue ("Gripe from a bus rider," Jan. 30). The same day my letter was printed, director of customer service Rohan K. Hepkins called and stated he would look into the matter and apologized for the service and staff problem. Way to go, Daily News , for getting matters addressed. Maryann Zindell Philadelphia Take his word for it Re: "What Obama's up to" (letter, Jan. 29). Just want to give Tom Bell of Philadelphia a great round of applause for his comment.
NEWS
April 2, 2003
SEPTA unveiled its budget yesterday, and it was no April Fool's joke. The transit service is now facing a deficit the size of a Philadelphia pothole: $55 million for the fiscal 2004 budget. The bad news shouldn't be a shock to anyone. The economic downturn that has affected private businesses is now being felt big time in the public sector. Now it's SEPTA's turn to squeal. To make up the shortfall, the transit service is considering cutbacks and fare increases. Much of it makes sense.
NEWS
August 17, 1986
SEPTA Chairman Lewis F. Gould Jr. understandably is upset about the deletions made by Gov. Thornburgh in state funding for transit projects in Southeastern Pennsylvania before approving the capital budget enacted by the legislature. The governor "blue-lined" items for SEPTA totaling $36 million - more than half of the funds voted by the legislature. As Mr. Gould has noted in a letter to the governor, federal funds for transit capital projects require matching funds from the state.
NEWS
April 10, 2003
HOW CAN the Daily News say that the SEPTA service cuts make sense (editorial, April 2)? These cuts don't make sense. This is the beginning of the total dismantling of our transit system. These cuts will hurt our region's economy since it will be harder to attract new jobs and will only hasten the departure of companies who are considering leaving our area. As a supporter of Gov. Rendell, I ask him to address this issue of dedicated transit funding and fix this problem once and for all. It is sad that we continue to remain near the bottom of the list in the funding of the transit system our country.
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September 12, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
MAYBE IT doesn't really need to be said after all these years, but Philadelphia kind of has a bad reputation. No, it's not about the smell - that's more of a Jersey thing - but the people who call this city home are known for being rude, for having short fuses, for always being thisclose to blurting out, "No, screw YOU!" To date, there isn't a known medical cure for this condition. But SEPTA is going to try to make a dent in the problem. The transit agency on Tuesday launched "Dude It's Rude," an advertising campaign/gentle intervention aimed to get riders to curb knuckleheaded behavior.
NEWS
September 11, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THIS KID really wanted to get home from school. A 16-year-old boy went ballistic Monday afternoon at the Erie-Torresdale stop of SEPTA's Market-Frankford El, fighting with the agency's Transit Police, threatening to punch a cashier and then hopping onto the roof of a moving train. "This was bizarre behavior, something we've never seen before," Transit Police Inspector Steven Harold said yesterday. "Obviously, this juvenile has mental issues, and is extremely lucky that he didn't hurt someone or himself.
NEWS
September 8, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Market East Station, the 30-year-old subterranean commuter rail hub beneath Center City, will be renamed Jefferson Station in a multimillion-dollar deal between SEPTA and Jefferson Health System. SEPTA, Jefferson, and city officials will unveil new signs Thursday at a news conference in the station. The deal will mean millions of dollars for SEPTA and increased public exposure for Jefferson, whose Thomas Jefferson University Hospital complex is just two blocks south of the station.
NEWS
September 6, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals will pay $4 million for a five-year deal to put the Jefferson name on SEPTA's Market East commuter rail station in Center City. For an extra $3.4 million, Jefferson can keep the naming rights for an additional four years - a decision it will make at the end of its initial term. SEPTA will get 85 percent of the money, and its New York-based advertising agency, Titan Worldwide, will get 15 percent, officials said. The new Jefferson Station name was unveiled in ceremonies Thursday morning at the 30-year-old subterranean rail hub. Stephen Klasko, president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health System, said the name would raise Jefferson's presence in the region and demonstrate its desire "to provide access to everyone.
NEWS
September 4, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
THOMAS JEFFERSON University is likely to wake up tomorrow morning as a SEPTA station as well as a hospital system and an institution of higher learning. Last week, the Technical.ly Philly website posted a tipster's photo of a new SEPTA map that shows "Jefferson Station" where "Market East Station" used to be. Then yesterday, SEPTA announced a news conference for tomorrow morning to "reveal a major change for Market East Station," but wouldn't say what the change is. Meanwhile, signs outside the doors of the station have been covered over, suggesting a change is in the works.
NEWS
August 30, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Budweiser Made in America music festival will again shine an international spotlight on Philadelphia - and bring the usual street closures and traffic detours in Center City through the Labor Day weekend. SEPTA will respond by increasing service on its Broad Street and Market-Frankford Lines as well as Regional Rail service to accommodate the influx of people attending the two-day event along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Nearly 50 acts will perform on four stages, including Kanye West on Saturday night and Pharrell Williams and Kings of Leon on Sunday night.
NEWS
August 28, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
STARTING Monday, SEPTA will extend its citywide "Pay As You Enter" fares to the last outpost of distance-dependent "Pay As You Exit" fares when it converts Suburban Transit Routes leaving 69th Street Transportation Center. This eliminates "Pay As You Exit" logjams - exiting riders had to pay at the front while incoming riders were boarding there. Cash fares for all bus, subway and trolley riders are $2.25, except for premium routes 123, 124 and 125 to King of Prussia/Valley Forge ($3.75)
NEWS
August 20, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a move to ease the threat of a commuter rail strike, SEPTA's board on Monday delegated its authority to approve new labor contracts to board Chairman Pasquale T. "Pat" Deon Sr. Deon was authorized to sign a new pact with Regional Rail electrical workers if the 215 workers ratify the contract in balloting that is now underway. That would allow the workers to get their raises before the next scheduled SEPTA board meeting at the end of September. No deal has been reached with Regional Rail locomotive engineers, however, so the possibility of a commuter rail strike remains.
BUSINESS
August 18, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
As SEPTA prepares to settle one long-running labor battle, it faces two bigger disputes that could mean a transit strike this year. In fact, a strike is "very likely," according to the president of the largest union representing SEPTA workers, Transport Workers Union Local 234. The SEPTA board will meet Monday to give board chairman Pasquale T. "Pat" Deon Sr. the authority to approve a new contract with Regional Rail electrical workers, if...
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