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June 18, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 11 workers who clean the gritty subway concourses under Center City fear that they will lose their jobs when SEPTA takes control of the miles of concourses from the city on July 1. The workers, who do the dirty work of cleaning up after nighttime revelers and homeless people before the morning rush of commuters, work for a janitorial company that is a subcontractor for the Center City District. Under a contract approved last month, the city - owner of the concourses - and the CCD will relinquish responsibility for cleaning, maintenance, and repairs to SEPTA.
NEWS
June 18, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
WE'RE ABOUT halfway through the year, so it seems like a good time to stop, smell whatever's blooming and update readers who've asked, "Hey, whatever happened to . . . ?"   Speaking of smells, let's start with the feces house on 22nd Street above Lehigh Avenue in Swampoodle: Neighbors finally can exhale after years of dealing with the stench emanating from 2730 N. 22nd St. Following last week's column, neighbors said a crew showed up to clean up and make some long-overdue repairs.
NEWS
June 17, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
SEPTA's Regional Rail lines are once again rolling, thanks to a little help from the White House. The strike that shuttered the transit authority's rail lines ended yesterday after a single day, thanks to an executive order signed by President Obama at the request of Gov. Corbett. In light of that, all Regional Rail workers showed up for their morning shifts yesterday, and the lines were officially back in action for the 60,000 people they serve daily, SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams said.
NEWS
June 17, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A WEST PHILLY hipster sat on a bench near the Market-Frankford Line tracks at 46th and Market streets. It was a little before 1 a.m., and he rocked back and forth, praising the trendy house show he'd just come from. "I'm glad they [SEPTA] started running these trains," he said. "Helps get drunk idiots like me home. " That may not be why the transit authority re-established overnight weekend subway service on its Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines after a more than 20-year hiatus.
NEWS
June 17, 2014 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Fishtown resident Conrad Benner has been dying to try a hot new bar in South Philadelphia called Garage, but there was always the same problem. Carless and bike-averse, Benner travels only by SEPTA, and SEPTA's subway service stops just after midnight. All that changed this weekend, when, for the first time in 23 years, Philadelphia's transit agency began running middle-of-the-night trains on the Broad Street and Market-Frankford lines on Saturdays and Sundays. To celebrate the return of weekend service, Benner, 29, and two friends didn't merely make the trip across town to Garage on Saturday night - they intentionally nursed their beers until closing at 2 a.m. Sunday.
NEWS
June 17, 2014 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
Leslie Cunnion of Glenside went to bed Saturday knowing the SEPTA strike was over, but that wasn't enough. She woke up extra early so she could listen to the news again and make sure it was true. She volunteers at Liberty USO at the airport serving military families, and it was going to be a hassle to get there without the train. Later Sunday morning, she found herself happily waiting at the Market East Station for the airport train that did, indeed, arrive. "I'm thrilled they're back," she said.
NEWS
June 16, 2014 | BY CINDY STANSBURY, Daily News Staff Writer stansbc@phillynews.com, 215-854-5914
According to SEPTA, the Broad Street Line, Market-Frankford Line, Norristown High Speed Line, Trolley Routes (10, 11, 13, 15, 34, 36, 101, 102), Bus routes, excluding route 78, and CCT service, will remain in operation. Bus 78 will be temporarily suspended, SEPTA said. "To accommodate the anticipated additional volume of customers, Market-Frankford, Broad Street, Norristown High Speed, and Trolleys will run extra capacity between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m," SEPTA posted onto its website, SEPTA.org.
NEWS
June 16, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
SEPTA's Regional Rail lines lay empty today. And they'll stay that way for the foreseeable future, if union representatives are to be believed. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen announced late last night that their members are now on strike, effectively shutting down the lines for the 60,000 people they serve daily. "There was no progress in these mediations," Arthur Davidson, general chairman for IBEW System Council No. 7, said last night.
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.
NEWS
June 15, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA railroad engineers and electrical workers went on strike early Saturday, halting commuter rail service in the Philadelphia region, after last-ditch efforts by federal mediators failed to break an impasse in the long-running labor dispute. The strike shut down 13 Regional Rail lines that provide 60,000 passengers with 126,000 rides on a typical weekday. That promised to snarl already clogged highways with additional cars and to hamper commuters and their employers throughout the region.
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