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July 27, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
A casual observer of Philadelphia's papal preparations could be forgiven for wondering whether the city is girding for a sharknado - or some other disaster as improbable as the one featured in the Syfy channel's C movies. With officials planning to close Center City and more to vehicles, dramatically restrict mass transit, and corral crowds behind 8-foot fences, it sounds as if little will be mobile besides the popemobile. Last week brought more cause for reflection, not to say prayer, when SEPTA's sale of special Regional Rail passes failed to leave the station.
BUSINESS
July 25, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA is paying $500,000 a year for information technology services to CapTech Consulting Inc., the company hired to design and build an e-commerce site on the agency's home page to sell special transit passes for the September papal visit. The site crashed within minutes of going live Monday morningand has remained down all week, as SEPTA considers hiring another outside vendor to sell the online passes if CapTech cannot solve the problems. The Wayne office of CapTech, a Richmond, Va.-based company, was awarded a three-year$1.5 million contract in March to perform information technology tasks for SEPTA.
NEWS
July 23, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
THE SALE OF regional rail passes for the weekend of Pope Francis' visit will not resume this week, after the site for pass sales crashed when it went live on Monday due to high volume, SEPTA announced yesterday. In a statement, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said the agency is still considering how best to address the overwhelming demand for the papal passes. Within the first minute of launch, about 54,000 people visited SEPTA's papal pass site. When the site was shut down, more than an hour later, 64,000 people were still trying to buy passes.
NEWS
July 23, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA will not resume sales this week of special Regional Rail transit passes for the papal visit in September, following the Monday crash of its Web sales site shortly after it went live. The transit agency said Tuesday that it might continue trying to fix its e-commerce site to handle the high demand for the special passes, or it might hire an outside vendor to sell the passes online. SEPTA did not say when sales would resume. "An analysis of the activity yesterday shows that 54,000 customers visited the e-commerce site within the first minute after the site was launched," SEPTA said in a statement Tuesday.
NEWS
July 22, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
IF YESTERDAY'S botched online sale of SEPTA regional-rail passes for the papal visit is any indication of what's in store when it comes to transportation during Pope Francis' visit in September - heaven help us. SEPTA's papal-pass site, which went live at 9 a.m., crashed almost immediately due to high volume. By 10:40 a.m., SEPTA officials had shut down the site and put the sale on hold. Sales will not resume today, but SEPTA is expected to announce today when sales will reopen.
NEWS
July 22, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA suspended its online sales of train passes for September's papal visit shortly after they began Monday morning, because demand to buy them overwhelmed the transit agency's website capacity. SEPTA will announce Tuesday its plans for resuming sales at www.septa.org/papalvisitphilly . It will provide a 24-hour notice before trying to restart online sales, the agency said. Most papal Regional Rail passes remain unsold, SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams said Monday. "The majority of the passes are still there.
NEWS
July 21, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com
NINE PEOPLE suffered minor injuries yesterday when two SEPTA buses collided in Oxford Circle. A Route 67 bus struck another traveling on Route 24 on Algon Avenue near Oxford about 10:30 a.m., spokesman Manny Smith said in an email yesterday. Six passengers and the driver of the Route 67 bus, and two passengers from the other bus, suffered minor injuries. Five passengers and the driver were taken to Aria Health's Torresdale hospital. Their conditions weren't available last night, Smith said.
NEWS
July 20, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A71-YEAR-OLD man was killed yesterday when he was hit by a SEPTA Regional Rail train in West Philadelphia, officials said. John Glassner was struck just before 12:30 p.m. while walking on the tracks of the transit authority's Media-Elwyn line, police said. Medics pronounced Glassner dead at the scene, near 58th Street and Baltimore Avenue, police said. It was unclear last night why Glassner had been on the tracks. It was the second train-related fatality last week on SEPTA's Regional Rail system.
NEWS
July 20, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum and Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writers
Even SEPTA employees know they won't be able to easily get into and out of Center City amid the throngs when Pope Francis visits on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26-27. So what's a transit agency to do? Order 200 cots and portable showers for company headquarters on Market Street, to be used from Friday to Monday. "We will actually be sleeping in our offices," said SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams. Special papal visit transit passes go on sale online Monday for the hundreds of thousands of SEPTA and PATCO riders expected to pour into the city during the papal visit - including many people who must work that weekend.
NEWS
July 17, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
WHEN RONALD Bryant retired from the Philadelphia Police Department after 28 years, he didn't want to be a greeter at Walmart or be stacking boxes at a grocery store. He wanted to do what he knows best: protect and serve. Last month Bryant, 55, joined the SEPTA Transit Police as a member of the department's second batch of "lateral transfers" - trained law-enforcement officials who swap gigs at other departments for a chance to watch over the city's mass-transit system - that the agency is trying to recruit.
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