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June 18, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writerbrandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
SEPTA Transit Police are searching for a person of interest after a woman was slashed with a box cutter at the Margaret-Orthodox station on the Market-Frankford Line this morning. A man punched a 50-year-old woman and sliced her forearm with the weapon during an argument around 9:30 a.m., SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel said at a news conference. The woman, who lives near the station and did not know her attacker, had raised her arm to protect herself. The blade left a 5-inch gash in the arm, Nestel said.
NEWS
June 18, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
POPE FRANCIS is a man who likes to walk among the people, and those who are planning to see the pope in Philadelphia this September should be prepared to walk as well. Today marks 100 days until Pope Francis' visit and in advance of his trip, officials held a news conference at City Hall yesterday to give preliminary information about transportation during the papal visit. The one big takeaway: Unless you're in the Popemobile, don't try to drive in or around Center City on Sept.
BUSINESS
June 14, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA on Friday celebrated an accomplishment that took 15 years, cost about $50 million, and is virtually invisible to its Regional Rail passengers. Crews installed a plaqueonthe overhead catenary wires by the Wallingford station marking the installation of 150 miles of new wiring to reduce train delays and improve performance. Catenary wires provide electric power to run Regional Rail trains over the system's 280 miles of track. Friday was a rare chance for SEPTA workers like lineman first class Bernie Shine, 49, of Collingswood, to bask in the limelight.
BUSINESS
June 14, 2015 | By Joel Wee, Inquirer Staff Writer
Setbacks are for comebacks. Those were the words Dupree Norman, 53, used during his speech, which drew thunderous applause at the District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund graduation ceremony at the Kimmel Center. After many odd jobs and getting fired from a job, followed by six years of unemployment, Norman has a job in health care. He completed the union's free behavioral health technician training program and graduated June 4. "I came to 1199C when I needed a change," he said.
NEWS
June 12, 2015
I LIVE IN the Andalucia neighborhood of lower Bensalem and use SEPTA up and down Frankford and Torresdale avenues regularly. Upon recently happening by the old Holmesburg Prison on Torresdale Avenue (and in the past riding my horse in the area) I got to thinking that, rather than what seems to be its present use - storage for city vehicles and other equipment - perhaps it could be converted into a local attraction . . . much like the old Eastern State Penitentiary in Fairmount. I remember a film, "12 Monkeys," having been filmed at Holmesburg sometime in the '90s (a buddy of mine from our gym played an extra 'prisoner' in the movie)
BUSINESS
June 11, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
In its latest response to the deadly May 12 Amtrak wreck at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, the Federal Railroad Administration urged passenger railroads to better control train speed approaching tight curves and bridges. The safety advisory on Tuesday recommended that railroads identify locations where the speed limit drops by more than 20 m.p.h. entering the curve or bridge. Railroads should install automatic-braking circuitry at those locations to slow trains if the engineer doesn't, the FRA said.
BUSINESS
May 30, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Christmas came early for SEPTA on Thursday. The transit agency's board of directors authorized nearly $300 million in vehicle purchases and construction projects. Also, it approved a $1.36 billion operating budget and $535 million capital budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Separately, the board approved a new advertising policy to prohibit political ads, following a federal court ruling earlier this year that required SEPTA to accept bus ads featuring Adolf Hitler.
BUSINESS
May 29, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA has created a broad ban on unacceptable advertising, following a federal court ruling earlier this year that required the transit agency to accept anti-Islamic bus ads featuring Adolf Hitler. The new policy, expected to be approved by the SEPTA board on Thursday, will prohibit political ads or any ad that expresses an opinion about political, economic, religious, historical, or social issues, or disparages any person or group, or that could incite lawless action, or prompt a lawsuit for defamation or invasion of privacy.
NEWS
May 29, 2015 | BY JENNIFER WRIGHT, Daily News Staff Writer wrightj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
TO AVOID HEADACHES over potentially offensive advertisements, SEPTA officials are set to further tighten advertising criteria. Today, the transit agency's board will consider requiring that advertisers be liable for any legal fees incurred from an advertisement. That includes lawsuits or "any adverse actions such as damage to our vehicles that could be caused by the ad," SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams said. The amendment on the table includes highly specific criteria like banning ads for the sale of tobacco or firearms.
BUSINESS
May 29, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA plans to spend up to $154 million for 18 new Regional Rail locomotives, the authority's biggest railroad acquisition in a decade. The electric locomotives would replace eight aging engines operating on the Lansdale-Doylestown, Paoli-Thorndale, Trenton, and Wilmington-Newark lines, and add capacity to other regional lines. The SEPTA board is expected to approve the purchase on Thursday, with the locomotives to be delivered in 2018. SEPTA is buying 13 "Cities Sprinter" ACS-64 locomotives to be built by Siemens Industry Inc., the German conglomerate, at its factory in Sacramento, Calif.
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