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May 11, 2016 | By Tommy Rowan, STAFF WRITER
A former city employee pleaded guilty Monday to forging and selling fake SEPTA passes to City Hall workers, prosecutors said. Mark Cooper, 35, worked for Philly 311, the city's Call Center. Federal prosecutors say he and his co-worker Kimberly Adams sold more than $10,000 worth of forged TransPass cards between August 2013 and June 2015. The duo sold about 2,000 fake passes for about $50 apiece, prosecutors said. The passes - which allow unlimited monthly travel on buses, trolleys and subways - retail at $91 a month.
BUSINESS
April 29, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
A school bus driver turned away from a job as a SEPTA bus operator because of a drug conviction dating back nearly 20 years filed a federal lawsuit against the transit agency Wednesday. The suit said SEPTA violates federal employment laws by routinely misusing criminal-history information turned up in background checks to eliminate potential employees, even when the offenses happened long ago and are irrelevant to the job. SEPTA said it would have no comment on the lawsuit. "People change their lives," said Frank Long, 56, of Philadelphia's Logan section, now a delivery-truck driver.
NEWS
April 23, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A SEPTA police officer who found a man unconscious at the 69th Street Transportation Center in Upper Darby on Thursday accidentally got pricked by an uncapped needle in the man's pocket and was taken to a hospital to be examined, authorities said. It was about 2 p.m. when the officer saw the man, who looked like he was in his 20s, in a passenger waiting area, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said. The officer, a 25-year veteran, went to check if the man was breathing, Busch said.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
A grant of nearly $2.6 million will bring emissions-free electric buses to Philadelphia streets. "We looked at the economics, and we looked at the impact on the environment, and we thought on both fronts this was a good decision for the authority," said Rich Burnfield, SEPTA's deputy general manager. The Federal Transportation Administration grant, announced Tuesday, will help pay for 25 electric buses from Proterra, a California-based manufacturer. Matt Horton, one of the company's senior vice presidents, said SEPTA's order was one of the largest from a major transit agency.
NEWS
April 18, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
The city's annual Philly Spring Cleanup is happening on Saturday as neighborhoods and volunteers across the city help spruce up the streets. The cleanup is taking place now until 2 p.m. The Streets Department will pick up bagged trash and debris at designated locations after 2 p.m. For more info, visit www.PhillySpringCleanup.com , or just go outside and help your neighbors if you see a cleanup in progress. Hundreds of SEPTA employees and City Year corps members are among many who will be helping clean city streets.
NEWS
April 17, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
Transit agencies around the country will be watching SEPTA June 13. That's the debut, announced Friday, of the long-promised smart-fare card, SEPTA Key. It is among the most complicated systems of its kind, designed to manage fares for trains, buses, and trolleys with an open payment system, which will eventually accept not just the branded SEPTA card but certain bank cards. "Everyone is watching Philadelphia," said Walter Allen, who runs Acumen Building Enterprise, an Oakland, Calif., company that installs similar systems.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, STAFF WRITER
SEPTA and Tullytown have made peace about a month after the transit agency sued the borough in a dispute over construction at the Levittown train station. The two reached a settlement April 7 regarding construction at the Levittown train station in which SEPTA agreed to pay the borough $34,031 in professional fees and accepted full responsibility and liability for the new station. In return, the borough won't claim any authority over SEPTA's construction plans for the station. "The borough is pleased the lawsuit is settled and it will no longer have responsibility for this project," said Michael Sellers, the borough solicitor.
NEWS
April 5, 2016 | By Jenice Armstrong
It's easy to say, a butt-whipping will solve things. If only. Sometimes what's really needed is for a community to step up and help parents do the difficult job of raising kids. I'm thinking now about the foul-mouthed little boys we saw on the videotape last week cursing, striking and spitting at a passenger on SEPTA. The cellphone video, which has gone viral, shows the elementary school-aged youngsters spewing sexually explicit vulgarities and racial epithets on a crowded Market-Frankford El train near their York-Dauphin stop, as adults mostly do nothing.
NEWS
April 4, 2016
Pedestrian hit by vehicle dies A pedestrian died after being hit by a vehicle in Pennsauken on Friday night, police said Saturday. The vehicle was traveling west on Route 70 near McClellan Avenue around 9:15 p.m. when it hit the pedestrian, who then died from the injuries, the Pennsauken Police Department said. No additional information was released by the police department about the driver or pedestrian. NBC10 reported that the pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene and that the driver stayed at the scene.
NEWS
April 4, 2016
A 93-year-old man was struck and killed by a SEPTA shuttle bus in Glenside, Montgomery County, on Saturday afternoon, authorities said. The accident happened about 1:10 p.m. on Glenside Avenue near Limekiln Pike, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said. The Cheltenham Township Police Department reported that Edward Hill Sr. of Glenside was attempting to cross the street as the shuttle bus was turning south on Limekiln Pike from Glenside Avenue. Hill, who was pinned under the bus, was pronounced dead at the scene.
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