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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 21, 2012
A 36-year-old man was killed by a SEPTA Regional Rail train Friday morning in North Philadelphia, the transit agency said. The man was struck by the northbound Lansdale/Doylestown train at 6:33 a.m. just south of the North Broad Street station, said SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident was under investigation and the man's name was not released.     - Robert Moran
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
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.
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
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.
NEWS
March 19, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, STAFF WRITER
A woman was struck and killed by a SEPTA Regional Rail train Thursday night near the Levittown station in Tullytown. The train, which was not in service, was making its way from Trenton to the Powelton train yard in West Philadelphia when it struck the woman around 7:30 p.m., a SEPTA spokesman said. The train's speed at the time was unclear; it would not have stopped at the station. Also unclear was whether the woman was on the tracks intentionally. Service on the Trenton Line was suspended.
NEWS
May 22, 2016
A 26-year-old man was killed Friday after he was struck by a SEPTA Regional Rail train just north of the Fern Rock Transportation Center. Police said that about 11:45 a.m., the man was walking between the inbound and outbound railroad tracks near Godfrey Avenue, at the border of Fern Rock and Olney, when he was struck by a West Trenton Line train headed south to the Fern Rock Transportation Center, at 9th Street and Nedro Avenue. The man, whose name police were not releasing because the incident is considered an accident, was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:05 p.m. It was not clear why he was walking in between the tracks.
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NEWS
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)
NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 8, 2016
What car owner would take it in stride if cracks showed up in his vehicle's axle or frame only a few years into its expected road life? Similar circumstances face SEPTA, which has had to sideline a third of its commuter rail's cars because of a dangerous manufacturing defect that will be costly to correct. Day 2 of service disruptions for SEPTA Regional Rail found trains and platforms much more crowded than Monday, which was a holiday. Trains with no room for additional passengers were forced to bypass stations and operate as expresses Tuesday.
NEWS
May 22, 2016
A 26-year-old man was killed Friday after he was struck by a SEPTA Regional Rail train just north of the Fern Rock Transportation Center. Police said that about 11:45 a.m., the man was walking between the inbound and outbound railroad tracks near Godfrey Avenue, at the border of Fern Rock and Olney, when he was struck by a West Trenton Line train headed south to the Fern Rock Transportation Center, at 9th Street and Nedro Avenue. The man, whose name police were not releasing because the incident is considered an accident, was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:05 p.m. It was not clear why he was walking in between the tracks.
NEWS
March 19, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, STAFF WRITER
A woman was struck and killed by a SEPTA Regional Rail train Thursday night near the Levittown station in Tullytown. The train, which was not in service, was making its way from Trenton to the Powelton train yard in West Philadelphia when it struck the woman around 7:30 p.m., a SEPTA spokesman said. The train's speed at the time was unclear; it would not have stopped at the station. Also unclear was whether the woman was on the tracks intentionally. Service on the Trenton Line was suspended.
BUSINESS
December 11, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A growing problem with lateness on the Regional Rail lines in the last year is driving SEPTA to make big changes to its schedule, agency officials said Wednesday. Those changes will begin Sunday throughout SEPTA's Regional Rail network, but the biggest adjustments will be on the Warminster and West Trenton Lines. Those lines will now terminate at 30th Street Station instead of at Philadelphia International Airport. There also will be a new, shortened Airport Line. West Trenton Line trains were on time 76 percent of the time in October, officials said.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
The number of SEPTA papal transit passes sold for Regional Rail passengers is likely to be far fewer than the 328,000 available, but that doesn't mean suburban train stations won't be jammed Saturday and Sunday. On average, the 18 Regional Rail stations that will operate this weekend will have about four times the typical number of weekday passengers on Saturday and Sunday, as the expected throng rides downtown in hopes of seeing Pope Francis. "On Saturday and Sunday, on those two days, it's not going to be the usual station," SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams said.
NEWS
August 28, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
IF YOU WANT to see Pope Francis but didn't play the SEPTA Regional Rail pass lottery earlier this month because you didn't think you had a chance - think again. There are plenty of those one-day passes still available for the pope's Sept. 26 and 27 visit, SEPTA general manager Joseph Casey said yesterday. Of the 350,000 rail passes made available, just 110,000 have been sold - 50,000 for that Saturday and 60,000 for Sunday, Casey said during a news briefing at the transit authority's Center City headquarters.
NEWS
August 21, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
With more than 100,000 Regional Rail papal passes left after online sales, SEPTA will begin in-person sales Friday. The transit authority also is inviting bulk orders from groups and organizations. The one-day rail passes for the papal visit will be sold for Sept. 26 and 27 for $10 each. The passes will be required to travel on SEPTA Regional Rail trains on those days. Individuals can buy up to 10 passes for each day while supplies last. Passes must be purchased for a specific station and time period.
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.
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