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July 20, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum and Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writers
Even SEPTA employees know they won't be able to easily get into and out of Center City amid the throngs when Pope Francis visits on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26-27. So what's a transit agency to do? Order 200 cots and portable showers for company headquarters on Market Street, to be used from Friday to Monday. "We will actually be sleeping in our offices," said SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams. Special papal visit transit passes go on sale online Monday for the hundreds of thousands of SEPTA and PATCO riders expected to pour into the city during the papal visit - including many people who must work that weekend.
NEWS
September 22, 2010 | Inquirer Staff Report
Power problems again caused problems on SEPTA's Regional Rail lines during this morning's rush hour. SEPTA reported delays of up to an hour on the West Trenton line and 30 minutes on all other lines. Sylvana Hoyos, a SEPTA spokeswoman, said a fuse problem at the Jenkintown station caused the systemwide slow down. The problem was later fixed and trains were running on or close to schedule, she said. Twice last month, power problems disrupted service on SEPTA Regional Rail as well as on Amtrak and NJ Transit trains operating on the Northeast Corridor.
NEWS
July 20, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A71-YEAR-OLD man was killed yesterday when he was hit by a SEPTA Regional Rail train in West Philadelphia, officials said. John Glassner was struck just before 12:30 p.m. while walking on the tracks of the transit authority's Media-Elwyn line, police said. Medics pronounced Glassner dead at the scene, near 58th Street and Baltimore Avenue, police said. It was unclear last night why Glassner had been on the tracks. It was the second train-related fatality last week on SEPTA's Regional Rail system.
NEWS
June 24, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA Regional Rail trains will be more crowded than usual this summer, as crews take railcars out of service to install equipment needed for a new "positive train control" system. SEPTA said "10 or more" cars in the 351-car fleet will be out of service at any given time for the upgrades until at least November. That will mean many trains, which are often six cars long, will be shortened by at least one car. And that will mean packed conditions for passengers in the remaining cars.
BUSINESS
July 25, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA Regional Rail trains were delayed Thursday afternoon by 45 to 60 minutes following a software failure in SEPTA's control center. Trains throughout the regional network were affected, starting at about 1:20 p.m., SEPTA spokesman Manuel Smith said. The software was essential for controlling rail interlockings and passenger announcements, Smith said, and all trains were halted. The software issues "were resolved at 1:40 p.m. and they were able to get railroad running again," Smith said.
NEWS
June 20, 2011
A smoky electrical fire forced the evacuation of approximately 300 passengers from a SEPTA regional rail train and disrupted the commute for hundreds more Monday evening, an agency spokeswoman said. No injuries were reported when smoke on an outbound Thorndale-Paoli train shortly before 7 p.m. forced it to stop in Overbrook, said SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams. The train, which left 30th Street Station at 6:49, stopped less than 10 minutes later in Overbrook to let passengers off to wait for train service to resume.
NEWS
April 9, 2014 | BY NAVEED AHSAN, Daily News Staff Writer ahsann@phillynews.com, 215-854-5904
A 21-YEAR-OLD man was struck and killed by a SEPTA Regional Rail train just south of the Noble Station in Jenkintown yesterday afternoon, officials said. The train, outbound from Center City on the West Trenton Line, struck the man on the tracks near Old York and Baeder roads about 4:30 p.m., said Kristin Geiger, a SEPTA spokeswoman. No evidence of foul play was found at the scene, officials said, but an investigation into the man's death is continuing. Service was suspended until about 6:30 p.m. Nearly 500 passengers were transferred to shuttle buses to continue their travels during the service suspension.
NEWS
May 18, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Engineers who operate SEPTA Regional Rail trains will soon vote on authorizing a strike, the national office of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen said Friday. The engineers, as well as SEPTA railroad electrical workers represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 744, are in a federally mandated 30-day "cooling off" period that will end June 14. After that, it is likely that a presidential emergency board will be created to investigate the long-running labor dispute; that would delay a strike or lock-out by up to 240 days.
NEWS
October 31, 2012 | By Troy Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
All SEPTA regional rail lines will be working Wednesday, operating from the normal start of service in the morning on a weekday schedule, SEPTA announced Tuesday evening. Meanwhile, PATCO announced that service resumed at 6 p.m. tonight, with trains departing every half hour. Amtrak was to resume most service in the area Wednesday, though New York City service remains suspended because of tunnel flooding. NJ Transit said it would resume limited bus service Wednesday in Camden.
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NEWS
July 27, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
IF YOU LIKE SEPTA, you're not alone. While the city school district is flunking financially and the police department is too often suspect, the region's transit authority appears to be on the right track. Ridership on SEPTA's 13 regional rail lines hit an all-time high of 37.4 million trips in fiscal year 2015, the period from July 1 2014 through June 30, SEPTA announced yesterday. It was the third year in a row a ridership record was set, according to numbers the authority provided to the Daily News . On the financial side, at the end of FY15, SEPTA marked its 16th consecutive year of operating with a balanced budget, said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch.
BUSINESS
July 25, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA Regional Rail trains were delayed Thursday afternoon by 45 to 60 minutes following a software failure in SEPTA's control center. Trains throughout the regional network were affected, starting at about 1:20 p.m., SEPTA spokesman Manuel Smith said. The software was essential for controlling rail interlockings and passenger announcements, Smith said, and all trains were halted. The software issues "were resolved at 1:40 p.m. and they were able to get railroad running again," Smith said.
NEWS
July 20, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A71-YEAR-OLD man was killed yesterday when he was hit by a SEPTA Regional Rail train in West Philadelphia, officials said. John Glassner was struck just before 12:30 p.m. while walking on the tracks of the transit authority's Media-Elwyn line, police said. Medics pronounced Glassner dead at the scene, near 58th Street and Baltimore Avenue, police said. It was unclear last night why Glassner had been on the tracks. It was the second train-related fatality last week on SEPTA's Regional Rail system.
NEWS
July 20, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum and Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writers
Even SEPTA employees know they won't be able to easily get into and out of Center City amid the throngs when Pope Francis visits on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26-27. So what's a transit agency to do? Order 200 cots and portable showers for company headquarters on Market Street, to be used from Friday to Monday. "We will actually be sleeping in our offices," said SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams. Special papal visit transit passes go on sale online Monday for the hundreds of thousands of SEPTA and PATCO riders expected to pour into the city during the papal visit - including many people who must work that weekend.
NEWS
June 24, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA Regional Rail trains will be more crowded than usual this summer, as crews take railcars out of service to install equipment needed for a new "positive train control" system. SEPTA said "10 or more" cars in the 351-car fleet will be out of service at any given time for the upgrades until at least November. That will mean many trains, which are often six cars long, will be shortened by at least one car. And that will mean packed conditions for passengers in the remaining cars.
NEWS
June 16, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Aubrey Whelan, Claudia Vargas, and Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writers
Updated Sunday, 6 a.m.  Regional Rail service is back; all workers scheduled for the Sunday morning shift showed up, says Jerri Williams, SEPTA spokeswoman. Previous story: President Obama signed an executive order Saturday evening, appointing an emergency board to mediate the SEPTA labor dispute, thus averting a lengthy strike. All 13 SEPTA Regional Rail lines should be back to normal operating schedules Sunday morning, transit agency spokeswoman Jerri Williams said.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
On a recent rush-hour Market-Frankford train, a woman lugging a large bag settled into a spot just inside the doorway - or, more precisely, blocking it. As the next stop approached, a man yelled "Coming through!" and tried to squeeze by. She suggested he wait his turn; he suggested she calm down. Bickering ensued. SEPTA ridership is up, but, given scenes like this, some would say common courtesy is not keeping pace. Passengers who a decade ago might have had a couple of seats to themselves are now being packed in more tightly than ever.
NEWS
May 18, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Engineers who operate SEPTA Regional Rail trains will soon vote on authorizing a strike, the national office of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen said Friday. The engineers, as well as SEPTA railroad electrical workers represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 744, are in a federally mandated 30-day "cooling off" period that will end June 14. After that, it is likely that a presidential emergency board will be created to investigate the long-running labor dispute; that would delay a strike or lock-out by up to 240 days.
NEWS
April 9, 2014 | BY NAVEED AHSAN, Daily News Staff Writer ahsann@phillynews.com, 215-854-5904
A 21-YEAR-OLD man was struck and killed by a SEPTA Regional Rail train just south of the Noble Station in Jenkintown yesterday afternoon, officials said. The train, outbound from Center City on the West Trenton Line, struck the man on the tracks near Old York and Baeder roads about 4:30 p.m., said Kristin Geiger, a SEPTA spokeswoman. No evidence of foul play was found at the scene, officials said, but an investigation into the man's death is continuing. Service was suspended until about 6:30 p.m. Nearly 500 passengers were transferred to shuttle buses to continue their travels during the service suspension.
BUSINESS
February 16, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA's Regional Rail lines were experiencing numerous delays and some cancellations Friday night because of crew shortages, an agency spokesman said. "We are confident we'll get people home," albeit with "significant delays," said Andrew Busch, the spokesman. "We have, unfortunately, some manpower issues, some crew shortages," Busch said. "We've had to cancel some trains. " What resulted was a "cascading effect" slowing down service "throughout the system," Busch said. No lines have been canceled for Friday night.
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