September 17, 2016
An unidentified person was struck by an Amtrak train Thursday afternoon in Delaware County, causing a halt in service on SEPTA's Wilmington-Newark Line, officials said. About 3:35 p.m., Acela Express train 2121 heading south hit the person about a half mile from the Norwood Station. There was no immediate word on the condition of the person who was struck. None of the 206 passengers were hurt, but the train was stopped for the police investigation. Other Amtrak trains were getting through the area because two of four tracks were still open, an Amtrak spokesman said.
September 16, 2016 |
Harold C. Juram, 98, an assistant general manager for SEPTA who "rode the transit system wherever he was headed" whenever possible, died Sunday, Sept. 4, at Abington Memorial Hospital of complications after a fall, his family said. He had lived in Southampton, Bucks County, before retiring to Foulkeways at Gwynedd in 1997. Mr. Juram began his career in the scheduling department of the old Philadelphia Transportation Co. (PTC), a private business that ran the trolleys, buses, trackless trolleys, subway, and elevated rail lines in the city from 1940 to 1968.
August 29, 2016 |
Gladys Gershenfeld, 91, who as the first female labor arbitrator in the Philadelphia area handled a wide range of labor disputes, including those involving SEPTA and the Philadelphia Police Department, died Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Quadrangle in Haverford after suffering from Alzheimer's. Mrs. Gershenfeld was a pioneer in the field of labor arbitration. There were few women role models, if any, when she decided to pursue a master's degree in industrial relations and labor at Cornell University in 1951, said her son Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld.
August 23, 2016
ISSUE | NORRISTOWN A bright future Montgomery County has great optimism for Norristown's future (" Norristown sees hope in project ," Wednesday). In addition to the Lafayette Street Extension Project, a number of important county and private-sector initiatives will help make Norristown's transformation possible: Strong economic development opportunities for new businesses; Working with SEPTA to expand the Norristown high-speed line to King of Prussia and increase regional rail frequency; The connection of several major regional trails in downtown Norristown; and New and proposed market-rate apartment and condo buildings throughout town.
August 22, 2016
"When [they] don't post that stuff and don't announce that stuff, you're just at their mercy. " - Rider Laurie Gerner, about her canceled train This is no way to run a railroad: SEPTA dispatchers "flying blind," or losing track of trains because of poor communication with Amtrak, and riders not knowing when their train will show up because of chronic lateness and unreliable status reports. Each weekday, 65,000 Regional Rail passengers ride in cars dating to the 1970s, on tracks that are 100 years old. No wonder more than 40,000 trains (17 percent)
August 20, 2016
ISSUE | SEPTA Mass-transit system is too critical to fail It was sad to read the Inquirer's analysis of the SEPTA Regional Rail network ("Why your train is late," Sunday). The SEPTA system and PATCO Speedline are two of our area's crowning achievements. In the late 1970s and early '80s, millions of federal, state, and local dollars were poured into transit projects: the Center City commuter tunnel, Broad Street subway cars, the Airport Line, West Philadelphia trolleys, and the subway closed-circuit TV surveillance.
August 17, 2016 |
Seven passengers reported injuries after a SEPTA bus collided with an automobile Monday night in the city's Nicetown section, an agency spokesman said. The accident occurred around 8:30 p.m. on Germantown Avenue at Juniata Street, said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch. It was not immediately clear how many passengers on the bus - Route 23 heading toward Center City - were taken to hospitals. None of the injuries were life-threatening, Busch said. The cause of the accident was under investigation.
August 14, 2016 |
Police are asking for help finding the man who attacked a SEPTA bus driver in South Philadelphia. Philadelphia police on Friday released surveillance footage of the suspect in the Aug. 3 assault on the Route 37 bus driver. The suspect got off the bus on the 2000 block of South Broad Street about 3 a.m. and began arguing with the driver, police said. The man then got back on the bus and pummeled the driver, punching him, slamming his head into the dashboard and biting him, police said.
August 9, 2016 |
A SEPTA rider who took a Philadelphia tourist's bag containing her family's passports on Thursday returned the bag early Sunday morning following a public offer of amnesty from SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel. "On Thursday, my trip turned into a nightmare and I was so sad," said Ximena Estrada, 35, of Colombia. "But when I got that phone call, it was like, wow . I felt so grateful, so grateful. " Estrada and her children, a 14-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, have been visiting family in Philadelphia from South America since June.
August 8, 2016 |
SEPTA police are offering amnesty to the man who took a bag off a bus in Rhawnhurst that contained passports of two children visiting with their mother from Colombia, South America. Ximena Estrada, who has been visiting family in Philadelphia for about two months, accidentally left the bag behind when she got off the Route 58 bus Thursday. Inside were passports for her 14-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter, she said Saturday. They are to return home to Colombia this Tuesday. Around 6 p.m. Thursday, Estrada was carrying a purse and red backpack on the bus, she said, when she thought she missed her stop.