July 25, 2015 |
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.
July 20, 2015 |
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.
July 20, 2015 |
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.
June 24, 2015 |
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.
June 16, 2014 |
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.
May 22, 2014 |
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.
May 18, 2014 |
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.
April 9, 2014 |
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.
February 16, 2014 |
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.
October 10, 2013 |
Living close to a SEPTA rail station is good for the value of your suburban house, according to a study for the transit agency. The overall benefit to Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties is about $7,900 per house, or $6 billion of total value added by the Regional Rail network in those counties, said the study by Econsult Solutions Inc., of Philadelphia. SEPTA released the study Tuesday as it continues to lobby in Harrisburg for increased transportation funding.