September 25, 2015 |
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.
August 28, 2015 |
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.
August 21, 2015 |
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.
August 12, 2015 |
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.
August 5, 2015 |
Update : SEPTA said early Tuesday it had received 38,013 entries. The number of passes requested should be known later in the day. Earlier Story: THE ONLINE lottery for SEPTA Regional Rail passes for the weekend of Pope Francis' visit went "really well" yesterday, with 33,976 people successfully entering the lottery by 10 p.m., according to SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams. The lottery was the transit agency's second attempt at selling the passes, after the first attempt July 20 resulted in a site crash due to high volume.
July 27, 2015 |
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.
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.