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.
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.
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.
March 19, 2016 |
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.
December 11, 2015 |
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.
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.