August 30, 2014 |
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.
August 28, 2014 |
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)
August 20, 2014 |
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.
August 18, 2014 |
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...
August 15, 2014 |
A TENTATIVE DEAL has been reached between SEPTA and one of the Regional Rail unions with which it's been locked in a long labor dispute, officials said yesterday. Representatives from the transit authority and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers agreed yesterday to the terms of a new labor contract, said Arthur Davidson, the general chairman of the union's System Council No. 7. With the contract approved by union leadership, the next step is for it to be ratified by IBEW's 220 members, who will be voting for the next two weeks on the matter, Davidson said.
August 15, 2014 |
WHEN JASON Walters first met Winchester, the German shepherd was a 120-pound ball of energy so big and high-strung that his overwhelmed owners had given him up to a shelter. He was exactly what Walters, a SEPTA police officer, wanted. "High-strung, for us, is a positive," said Walters, who helped transform Winchester into a working police dog (now a svelte 95 pounds from rigorous training). "Training these dogs is like playtime for them - their work is hide-and-seek. " Their partnership has proven so successful that Walters has created a charity, the Throw Away Dogs Project, that aims to train unwanted shelter dogs to be working police dogs.
August 13, 2014 |
A VETERAN SEPTA electrical worker was recovering last night after a close call on the subway tracks in Center City, officials said. The unidentified worker, 52, was held overnight at Hahnemann University Hospital after he was clipped by a Market-Frankford El train, according to a law-enforcement source who said "his prognosis is optimistic. " All things considered, the worker, a 27-year veteran of the transit authority, was extremely lucky: His brush with the train left him with only a long gash on his forehead and a knee injury, the source said.
July 31, 2014 |
In the region's deteriorating bridges and ailing train stations is lucrative opportunity for a niche of businesses also in need of a helping hand: small, minority, and female contractors. SEPTA is trying to play matchmaker. With the agency planning more than $570 million in Philadelphia-area capital projects over the next two years - and more than $6.8 billion by 2026 - the transportation agency made a pitch Tuesday to involve more so-called Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in that work.
July 22, 2014 |
IT SAYS something about Kelly Morris that his funeral was attended by nearly 1,000 people, that SEPTA, his employer, had to use two buses to bring co-workers to the services. What it says is that Kelly James Morris was an exceptional human being, a man who captured the hearts and esteem of just about everybody he came in contact with. He was a man who could never pass up a chance to help a person who needed his special brand of love and caring, be it the children of neighbors, family or friends who needed a surrogate dad, the elderly, the hungry, prisoners - the full spectrum of human need.