September 18, 2015 |
PILGRIMS SWEATING over how to make their way into and around the city when Pope Francis is in town got some great news from SEPTA yesterday. The transit authority announced that it has extended sales of its one-day Regional Rail passes at the stations that will be open during the visit. Riders can pick them up for $10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, according to SEPTA. Additionally, three-day transit passes - good for rides on the subway, buses and trolleys - are on sale at stops throughout the Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines.
September 16, 2015 |
FRANCIS KELLY, who has been SEPTA's assistant general manager for public and government affairs during the seven years of general manager Joe Casey's reign, said his boss, who resuscitated the tapped-out, trauma-prone transit agency, is a weekend Mr. Fix-It. "Unlike me, Joe can build things," Kelly said with a childlike sense of wonder. "In my toolbox is a screwdriver, a hammer and a cellphone because once things get beyond the first two, I have to call somebody. " But Casey, he said, is a tool-happy weekend warrior - except for one time.
September 13, 2015 |
On Wednesday, Sarah Brooner says, she rode a SEPTA bus home from volunteering at the Arch Street Friends meetinghouse. She sat by a window, leaned her right arm on the frame, and read a book until she arrived at the stop for her home near Fairmount Park. The next morning, she found bite-like welts on her right forearm. "I couldn't believe it," she said. "I thought, 'Where did I get these?' " Brooner, who is in her 70s and teaches English as a second language at Camden County College, is among those who think a photo that went viral last weekend purporting to show bedbugs on a SEPTA bus seat might provide a clue to the bites noticed after riding public transportation.
September 12, 2015 |
The photo is immediately unsettling. It purports to show bedbugs creeping out of a seam on a bus seat in Philadelphia. It surfaced on social media about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to SEPTA. It quickly went viral. Comments on Facebook included "now I'm scared to catch the bus" and "even more reason to validate my choice to never use public buses. " The photo, taken Friday, prompted SEPTA to pull three buses from service on Route 6, which runs from the Olney Transportation Center to Ogontz and Cheltenham Avenues, said spokeswoman Jerri Williams.
September 11, 2015 |
With two weeks to go before Pope Francis' arrival, suburban towns have been finalizing street closures and gearing up for anything - or nothing - that may happen over that weekend. Radnor Township officials held three community meetings Wednesday to bring residents, businesses, schools, and extended-care facilities up to date on road closures, security, and other general considerations. SEPTA has sold slightly more than half of its 20,000 tickets for the Radnor station for that weekend, according to SEPTA figures.
September 10, 2015 |
ABOUT 400,000 people yesterday gunned for 10,000 tickets to hear Pope Francis' remarks on immigration at Independence Mall, only hours after the World Meeting of Families announced a diverse lineup of music and dance for the Sept. 26 event. The tickets - provided for free on a first-come, first-served basis through the World Meeting website - were gone within two minutes of being available at noon. The World Meeting site today will make available 10,000 tickets each for the Festival of Families and the papal Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
September 3, 2015 |
The east end of the ragged Gallery at Market East will close Oct. 2, executives confirmed Tuesday, commencing a massive two-year renovation that will push thousands of commuters outside. Executives of the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), the codeveloper with California-based Macerich Co., formally notified SEPTA and PATCO officials of the shutdown date in a hand-delivered letter. Signs will be posted to redirect rail commuters, who for decades have used the central corridor of the three-block mall as a comfortable indoor shortcut.
September 2, 2015 |
Airline passengers flying into Philadelphia the week before Pope Francis' visit will be able to purchase a regular fare ticket on the SEPTA's Regional Rail Airport Line to go from Philadelphia International Airport to Center City. On Sept. 26 and Sept. 27, when the pope will be here, SEPTA will sell rail passes for the train outside Tranportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints in Terminals A, B, C and D. The Papal Passes will be available at the airport only on Saturday and Sunday, SEPTA said.
September 2, 2015 |
It was the pterodactyls that did it for Donna Crilley Farrell. The winged reptiles hovered above a lava pit on a satirical security map that was making the rounds in late July mocking the coming papal visit. Things had gotten out of hand. Daunting security and crowd controls that began in June with Mayor Nutter's warning of "be prepared to walk at least a few miles or more," false rumors of an eight-foot security fence, and SEPTA's announcement that it would sharply restrict trains to and from Center City for the weekend that 1.5 million people were expected to see Pope Francis - all were hijacking hopes for a euphoric, historic event.
August 29, 2015 |
Services have been set for Friday, Aug. 28, for Trubee A. Krothe, 68, of Ventnor, N.J., a retired district director for SEPTA, who died in a Burlington Township motorcycle accident on Saturday, Aug. 22. Mr. Krothe was driving his motorcycle east on Woodmansie Boulevard in Woodland about 12:15 p.m. Saturday when it veered off the road and hit a tree, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Fred Iezzi, a foot and ankle surgeon, knew Mr. Krothe as a fellow rower at the Bachelors Barge Club on Boathouse Row in Philadelphia and at the Viking Rowing Club in Ventnor.