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March 25, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
As an immigrant, Muibat Williamson has firm ideas about what the United States and its citizens should be about. So when a SEPTA police officer cut in line on Christmas 2013 as she waited in the Dunkin' Donuts shop in Suburban Station and then, according to her, stepped on her foot as he left, Williamson was not about to let it rest. "I said, 'Excuse me, you stepped on me. Aren't you going to apologize?' " Williamson told a Philadelphia jury Wednesday. SEPTA Officer Douglas Ioven said no, he didn't step on her foot, and wouldn't apologize.
NEWS
March 24, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Douglas Ioven and Muibat Williamson both had to work on Christmas 2013. Ioven was starting his shift as a SEPTA police officer, and Williamson was heading home from hers as an overnight neurology nurse at Einstein Medical Center, when they met at a Dunkin' Donuts shop in the concourse of Suburban Station. Christmas only went downhill from there. On Tuesday, both prepared to relive their very un-merriest of Christmases past in a Philadelphia courtroom, where Ioven, 44, went on trial on charges of witness retaliation and intimidation, official oppression, assault, and other offenses for arresting Williamson after an argument about cutting in line.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
The new kids in transportation, ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft, are sitting down with old-guard transit agencies like SEPTA to find partnerships that could benefit both. SEPTA and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation think these companies could give travelers easier access to public transportation. They also want to learn from the app-based business model that has made ride sharing so popular. New evidence suggests the ride-sharing business and public transit could complement each other.
NEWS
March 19, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
March 19, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
Warning: Language in video above When SEPTA employees saw surveillance video of a man shooting an employee inside a Church's Chicken store in the city's Tioga section this month, they believed they recognized him, SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III said Thursday. The man they knew as "angry rider" Ronald Graham had lodged so many complaints against SEPTA, Nestel said, that transit officials were able to zero in on Graham's "main route of complaint," Route 23. And on March 10, SEPTA police turned their body cameras on Graham as they arrested him on a Route 23 bus. Body camera footage released Thursday shows SEPTA Officer Matt Arlen quickly and quietly evacuating the full bus without ever waking Graham, who was asleep in the rear corner.
NEWS
March 17, 2016
A 67-year-old man stabbed a teenager with a knife Wednesday afternoon on a SEPTA bus in Delaware County, SEPTA reported. The incident took place about 3 p.m. on the Route 109 bus on Baltimore Pike near Church Road in Springfield Township, according to SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch. SEPTA did not release names for the victim or assailant Wednesday evening. The teen was taken to Crozer-Chester Medical Center where his injuries were determined to be not life-threatening, Busch said.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
Amtrak and its development partners want to build a new underground concourse linking 30th Street Station with SEPTA's subways and trolleys as the first step in a 35-year plan for the area. The concourse, to be topped by a skylight and lined with shops along its 250-foot span, would be completed during the first half of the 2020s, according to a draft of the 30th Street Station District Plan to be released during an open house at the station Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. The draft is the latest stage in a $5.25 million study, nearing completion after two years, of plans for the station.
NEWS
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At least seven passengers were injured when a SEPTA bus driver lost control and crashed into a bank Monday, authorities said. The Route 55 bus was in the area of Old York Road and Nedro Avenue when the accident occurred around noon, police said. The bus struck the corner of a PNC Bank building, causing structural damage, police said. The bank was evacuated, police said. The driver was adjusting the lift on the back of the bus and apparently failed to secure the brake system, police said.
NEWS
March 13, 2016 | Staff Reports
A woman who was seen being pulled into a vehicle from a SEPTA bus has told police she was not abducted, as investigators continue to probe the bizarre incident on Roosevelt Boulevard. Police said the apparent overnight abduction occurred after a man in a Pontiac followed a SEPTA bus on Roosevelt Boulevard, smashed a bus window and was seen punching and dragging a woman who got off the vehicle into car shortly before 2 a.m. Friday. Police said later Friday morning that the woman went to Northeast Detectives and told the officers that she was not abducted.
NEWS
March 13, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
Rail service on one of SEPTA's busiest lines died Thursday night. Catenary power lines were damaged in both Ardmore and Paoli within a 30-minute period, killing service to the Paoli/Thorndale Line beginning about 5:30 p.m. Service wasn't restored until 5:30 a.m. Friday. Hundreds of passengers stranded on trains had to be returned to the nearest station and taken to their destinations by bus. Many thousands more, some who came to Philadelphia for the Flower Show, used roundabout routes to get home, or waited until rush hour ended and more buses could be made available to move them.
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