January 2, 2016
A 38-year-old South Jersey man was struck and killed Wednesday night in Haverford Township by a Norristown high speed train, in what police are calling an apparent suicide. The victim, a resident of Mays Landing, was not identified pending notification of kin. Witnesses told Haverford Township police the man park his car in a lot near the Ardmore Junction station about 10:45 p.m., walked up the embankment and onto the tracks. As the outbound train approached, the man lay down on the tracks.
January 1, 2016
A person was fatally struck by a SEPTA train Wednesday night in Delaware County, authorities said. The accident was reported at 10:40 p.m. in the area of the Ardmore Junction Station in Haverford Township. The person was struck by a Norristown High Speed Line train that was heading to the Norristown station. Service on the Norristown line was suspended Wednesday night. - Robert Moran
December 30, 2015 |
When SEPTA's new smart card debuts, the need for exact change, tokens, or monthly passes on public transit will be a thing of the past. SEPTA Key will work on buses, subways, and trolleys. It will draw directly from a bank account or serve as a debit card. Don't want to carry yet another card? The system will work with smartphones and some credit cards, too. And it's coming next year, officials said. Really. For sure this time. "I know we've been saying, 'It's coming, it's coming,' " said Richard Burnfield, SEPTA's deputy general manager.
December 30, 2015
When will SEPTA Key be available? According to the transit agency, the card will be available as a replacement for weekly and monthly passes by the end of March, but will not have full functionality until the end of the summer. What will it do? It will pay for rides on the subway, buses, and trolleys. It will take the place of every fare type on the city's transit system, except Regional Rail. It can be used as a single-ride card and can be replenished at kiosks and online, or, with some personalized versions of the card, can be linked directly to a bank account and draw from that automatically.
December 27, 2015
Train kills 1 in Malvern A person was struck and killed by a train yesterday morning in Malvern, Chester County, disrupting service on Amtrak and SEPTA. Someone trespassing on the tracks was hit about 9:15 a.m. by a Keystone Service train westbound from Philadelphia to Harrisburg, Amtrak said. The train had 100 people on board at the time, Amtrak said. No riders or crew members were injured. The incident prompted SEPTA to suspend service on a section of the Paoli/Thorndale Linefor about three hours.
December 25, 2015 |
Thirty people were injured, two critically, when a stolen SUV crashed into a SEPTA trolley in Southwest Philadelphia on Wednesday. Those injured included the two men in the stolen vehicle, the operator of the Route 36 trolley, and its 27 passengers, officials said. The crash happened shortly before 9:30 a.m., when the trolley, bound for Center City, was struck head-on by a white Hyundai Tucson headed south on 49th Street as it tried to turn onto Grays Avenue, Philadelphia police said.
December 23, 2015
A SEPTA bus driver under investigation for allegedly striking a passenger last week was suspended Monday without pay, the transit agency announced. The action comes days after a video surfaced showing the driver, who remained unidentified Monday, allegedly dousing a young female passenger with water and hitting her twice in the face. The incident happened aboard a Route 57 bus about 8 a.m. Friday on Rising Sun Avenue near Duncannon Street in Olney. The incident was precipitated by a dispute over bus fare, said Andrew Busch, a SEPTA spokesman.
December 22, 2015
ISSUE | SEPTA Get me to the airport As a frequent rider on SEPTA commuter trains, I was surprised and angered by last week's schedule changes ("SEPTA revises runs for rail punctuality," Dec. 10). I have never experienced great delays on the Warminster and West Trenton Lines and have been extremely appreciative of the direct service to Philadelphia International Airport. The Melrose Park Station was renovated recently and is the only station in Cheltenham Township that is handicapped accessible.
December 22, 2015
SEPTA police were investigating an incident in which a bus driver was recorded throwing liquid on a female passenger and hitting her during a dispute, an agency spokesman said Sunday. The incident, aboard a Route 57 bus, happened about 8 a.m. Friday on Rising Sun Avenue near Duncannon Street in Olney, said Andrew Busch, SEPTA spokesman. The video depicts the driver walking toward a young woman, dousing her with what appears to be water from a plastic bottle, and hitting her twice in the face.
December 19, 2015
SEPTA continues to have problems with the introduction of its new Regional Rail schedules, with the agency contending with misprints and a smartphone app that is not showing users updated routes. SEPTA officials recommended that riders rely exclusively on the transit agency's website, SEPTA.org, for accurate schedules. "We're working as quickly as we can" to fix the app, said Richard Burnfield, SEPTA's deputy general manager. "We're literally going through thousands of data points.