February 2, 2016 |
A MAN WHO allegedly stabbed a SEPTA bus passenger in Frankford on Friday afternoon has surrendered to police, according to Northeast Detectives. Police had released a SEPTA bus video Saturday seeking help in finding the suspect, who had boarded a southbound Route 56 bus on Torresdale Avenue, was unable to pay the fare, and refused to leave. After the bus stopped on Torresdale Avenue near Paul Street, another passenger pushed the fare evader out of the bus, the video shows. A fight ensued on the street, during which the fare evader allegedly stabbed the other man several times.
February 1, 2016 |
Philadelphia police on Saturday released a video of a man they say stabbed another during a fight on a SEPTA bus in Frankford, and are seeking the public's help in finding the assailant. It was shortly before 2 p.m. Friday when the suspect got on a Route 56 bus, which was traveling south on Torresdale Avenue. The man was unable to pay his fare and was asked to leave the bus at the next stop, police said. When the man refused to leave, another man, who was a passenger on the bus, began to argue with him, police said.
January 30, 2016 |
A man who died after a scuffle with a SEPTA police officer in October died of an overdose of PCP, the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office said Thursday. Omar Lopez, 24, of Kensington, died shortly after arriving at Aria Health-Frankford Campus on Oct. 26, where he was taken after the confrontation - in which he was Tased - at the Market-Frankford El's Huntingdon Station. Jeff Moran, a spokesman for the medical examiner, said the cause of death was acute phencyclidine (PCP) toxicity.
January 29, 2016 |
When David Chan began keeping his Chinatown restaurant open into the wee hours in 1992, he knew of only a handful of other Center City eateries that did the same. The after-midnight scene was reserved for 24-hour diners, the cheesesteak giants in South Philly, and pizza by the slice. But steadily over the years, Philadelphia has become a late-night city, or at least a later-night one, with an increasing number of restaurants offering food and drink until midnight, and a number cooking until 2 a.m. The change is most clear at the city's core.
January 27, 2016 |
Update Tuesday 8 a.m.: 18 SEPTA bus routes remain out of service. Almost two days after the last snowflakes fell, about one-fifth of Philadelphia's 122 bus routes remained suspended. By Monday afternoon, 26 routes were still out of service, largely due to unplowed streets, SEPTA officials said. "These operate in neighborhood areas, and to be able to bring a 40-foot bus down a street requires the street to be relatively cleared," said Manuel Smith, spokesman for the transportation authority.
January 27, 2016 |
SEPTA General Manager Jeff Knueppel, who announced Monday that 75 percent of the blizzard-battered public-transit system was running again, said he was teased by a reporter earlier this winter after buying gigantic snow-fighting machines. The 28-year SEPTA veteran, who has battled the four biggest snowstorms in Philadelphia history, oversaw the purchase of a rail-riding, snow-throwing monster truck with a rotating arm that looks like something out of Mad Max: Fury Road . "It was the age-old situation where you buy a snowblower and there's a winter with no snow," Knueppel told the Daily News, laughing.
January 27, 2016 |
Patience is the key word for Monday's afternoon commute. SEPTA Regional Rail trains are operating again, but some have been canceled and others face delays. There also is no service past Malvern on the Paoli/Thorndale line due to frozen switches. About 70 percent of SEPTA's bus routes are operating but some must deal with detours. "Delays can be expected all day," SEPTA General Manager Jeff Knueppel said at a media briefing this morning. "This is a very fluid situation.
January 23, 2016 |
SEPTA and two energy services firms announced Thursday they had teamed up to expand the first-of-its-kind battery storage system that captures power from braking trains on the city's two subway systems. Constellation Energy Resources, a Baltimore subsidiary of Exelon Corp., will pay for and install battery systems at seven SEPTA electrical substations on the transit system, which will capture and store power produced from the subway's regenerative brakes. Viridity Energy, a Philadelphia firm, will bid the stored power into the regional energy grid, which pays a fee to suppliers that can instantly match generation with demand to maintain the desired electrical frequency on the network.
January 15, 2016 |
A month after a major scheduling overhaul on SEPTA's Regional Rail, riders at Elkins Park had plenty of stories at a meeting Wednesday about missed trains, missed stops, and continuing confusion. "This is a month after your rollout, and this is absolutely inexcusable," said Nomi Saunders of Elkins Park. Saunders, who writes historical fiction under the name Nomi Eve, teaches a fiction class at Drexel University, and has faced conflicting information about which train she should board to get home from 30th Street Station.