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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.
NEWS
August 3, 2015 | By Ben Finley and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
The first signs of success - or trouble - related to Pope Francis' visit aren't likely to emerge near the Center City zone where the pontiff will draw historic crowds. They'll pop up miles away and hours earlier in towns such as Tullytown, Bucks County, or the Pennbrook neighborhood of Lansdale, Montgomery County. That's where tens of thousands of Philadelphia-bound pilgrims may flock into parking lots and train platforms more accustomed to crowds in the hundreds. Last week, Bucks County's Middletown Township said it would declare a state of emergency to pay for police overtime and other resources to accommodate the crush on the fourth weekend of September.
NEWS
August 12, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The remaining SEPTA passes for Regional Rail travel during the papal visit will be offered for sale next weekend at the outlying stations where riders will board for travel to Center City. The initial online sale of passes ended at 3 p.m. Monday, the deadline for payment by winners of SEPTA's electronic lottery. An undetermined number of passes remain of the 350,000 that SEPTA put up for sale. In the online lottery last week, SEPTA received requests for 328,045 passes, leaving more than 20,000 available.
NEWS
August 1, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. Secret Service said Thursday that the agency - which is heading security for the visit of Pope Francis in September - has not ordered Philadelphia businesses to close and did not dictate that SEPTA limit rail service that weekend. The agency instead stressed that Philadelphia would be "open for business" when the pope visits. Meanwhile, South Jersey sources confirmed that the Benjamin Franklin Bridge will be closed, and some universities in the area outlined plans to shut down that weekend.
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
August 6, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA papal passes weren't quite the hot ticket this week that they were last month. By the close of its Monday online lottery for Regional Rail passes for Pope Francis' visit in September, SEPTA received requests for 328,045 passes, leaving more than 20,000 unsold. That was a big shift from SEPTA's first try to sell passes online, on a first-come, first-served basis last month. An electronic stampede forced SEPTA to halt sales within minutes of opening its website July 20 because it crashed.
NEWS
October 28, 2014 | By Mike Newall and Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writers
SEPTA bus drivers, subway and trolley operators, and other transit workers voted unanimously Sunday to authorize a strike, which could take effect this year or early in 2015. The voting took place in a huge Columbus Boulevard meeting hall packed with hundreds of SEPTA union members. "There wasn't a nay in the room," said Willie Brown, president of Transport Workers Union Local 234. "Members don't want to strike, but they are willing to fight for what we need. " Among the sticking points, he said, is a disagreement between the union and management about the size of pension fund contributions.
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.
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August 24, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A HUNTING PARK teen has been arrested in connection to the stabbing death of another girl during a July 5 brawl, police said. Keyarra Frisby, 18, is charged with murder and related offenses after allegedly stabbing Anita Cotton, 17, in the neck during a melee outside a Walgreens on Broad Street, according to police. Homicide detectives arrested Frisby on Thursday at her home on Fairhill Street near Hunting Park Avenue. She remained in custody last night, denied bail, court records show.
NEWS
August 21, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
IF YOU WERE worried about hitting up the black market for SEPTA papal passes, feel blessed. The agency has more Regional Rail passes, something of a miracle like turning water into wine. The special SEPTA papal passes will be one of the few ways people can travel into the "traffic box" that will restrict vehicle traffic during Pope Francis' visit next month for the 2015 World Meeting of Families. The agency said they had requests from France, Great Britain and Hawaii when they offered the passes via online lottery earlier this month.
BUSINESS
August 21, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA general manager Joseph M. Casey will step down on Sept. 30, after seven years in the position and 34 years with SEPTA. The leading candidate to replace Casey, an accountant, is deputy general manager Jeffrey D. Knueppel, a professional engineer in charge of rebuilding much of SEPTA's infrastructure. SEPTA's board of directors is expected to name Casey's replacement next month. Casey's tenure was marked by increasing ridership, improved state funding, new trains and buses, and national recognition: In 2012, SEPTA was named the best large transit system in North America by the American Public Transportation Association, and this year, SEPTA placed 33d in Forbes magazine's list of the nation's 500 best employers.
NEWS
August 20, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The general manager of the Reading Terminal Market met Tuesday with the city's director of emergency management to discuss ways the emporium of food stalls may remain open during Pope Francis' visit next month, in light of stringent security measures. Anuj Gupta has said the merchants are so concerned about running out of food and being unable to get their 350 employees to the job that he might decide to close the block-long tourist attraction at 12th and Arch Streets the weekend of Sept.
NEWS
August 12, 2015 | BY JENNIFER WRIGHT, Daily News Staff Writer wrightj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
ANYONE STILL IN the market for a SEPTA Regional Rail pass for use during the papal visit is in luck. SEPTA said that remaining passes will go on sale this coming weekend at the 18 rail stations serving the public on Sept. 26 and 27. The purchase deadline for customers offered a pass in the initial lottery process ended at 3 p.m. yesterday after an extension. Following yesterday's deadline, emails were sent to those who requested a pass but didn't win the opportunity to buy the first time via the lottery.
NEWS
August 11, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
SEPTA HAS extended the deadline for the purchase of its Regional Rail papal passes from 11:59 p.m. yesterday until 3 p.m. today. The transit agency used a lottery system to sell the passes for each of its 18 Regional Rail stations that will be open during Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia on Sept. 26 and 27. Riders had 24 hours to enter the lottery on Aug. 3 and those who won the chance to purchase tickets to any of their top three stations were notified on Thursday. SEPTA had previously said that any winners who did not enter their payment information by 11:59 p.m. yesterday would lose their chance at purchasing the tickets, but yesterday afternoon, the transit agency extended that deadline until 3 p.m. today.
NEWS
August 11, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA on Sunday extended the deadline for people to pay for Regional Rail passes reserved last week for Pope Francis' visit in September. The former deadline had been midnight Sunday. The new deadline is 3 p.m. Monday. In an online lottery last Monday, SEPTA received requests for 328,045 passes, leaving more than 20,000 unsold. SEPTA officials said then that they expected even more passes to be available because not all transactions would be completed, but they did not say Sunday how many of the passes for Sept.
NEWS
August 10, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
SEPTA WILL hold an online lottery Wednesday for special passes for the Norristown High Speed Line and trolley routes 101 and 102 during the papal visit, the transit agency announced yesterday. The special passes cost $10 apiece and will be valid from Sept. 26-28. Riders will be required to have a special pass that weekend because of the expected volume of passengers. SEPTA said it has 20,000 passes available for the high-speed line and 5,600 apiece for the two trolley routes. Like the Regional Rail pass lottery held earlier this week, customers will be able to register through SEPTA's website on Wednesday from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. All valid submissions will have the same chances of winning, regardless of what time they are submitted, the agency said.
NEWS
August 7, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Perhaps an agency whose name begins with the word secret can't be expected to have a knack for communications. And perhaps faith is the evidence of things not seen. Fortunately, though, the Secret Service and local officials planning for Pope Francis' Philadelphia visit have belatedly begun to acknowledge that in worldly affairs, blind belief is no substitute for public information. Acknowledging the legitimate need for more of that, Mayor Nutter and other officials on Wednesday announced highway closures and the expansive boundaries of the Center City-plus "traffic box" to which private vehicles will be denied entry during the papal visit.
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