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January 28, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA subways will remain open all night and Tuesday's Regional Rail service is still up in the air, as transit agencies respond to the impending snowstorm. NJTransit will halt service Monday evening. No trains or buses will depart after 8 p.m. No service will operate Tuesday. No trains will run Wednesday, although some bus and light rail service may resume then. SEPTA service was to be unaffected Monday, spokeswoman Jerri Williams said. SEPTA will post planned bus detours for Tuesday on its website by 8 p.m. Monday, she said.
BUSINESS
January 25, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three wall-size video schedule boards for Regional Rail passengers in Suburban Station are the centerpiece of a $7 million deal between SEPTA and Verizon. SEPTA unveiled the schedule boards and a new Verizon retail store in the station Friday. SEPTA will receive $4.55 million over three years in the advertising deal, with two three-year options that could bring the nine-year total to $15.6 million, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said. In addition, SEPTA's advertising agency, Titan Outdoor L.L.C., will receive $2.45 million from Verizon for the first three years, and $8.40 million over the nine-year span.
BUSINESS
January 25, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Passengers at five busy transit stations will face detours when the Gallery shopping center in Center City closes for renovations. But frustrated officials at SEPTA and PATCO can't alert riders to coming changes, because, they say, they've been unable to get information from Gallery manager Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT). "We really don't know anything," said PATCO spokeswoman Fran O'Brien, who said PREIT officials had said only that they were in the process of finalizing development plans.
NEWS
January 22, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
PATCO riders will soon be able to use their Freedom cards to pay fares on SEPTA subways and buses, PATCO and SEPTA officials said Wednesday. However, SEPTA-issued smart cards won't work on PATCO. After SEPTA switches to its long-awaited electronic "smart card" fare-payment system this year, PATCO cards will be compatible with the SEPTA Key system, PATCO general manager John Rink said. One caveat: A PATCO card must be registered with PATCO. That registration will permit SEPTA to identify the user and bill PATCO for the trip, Rink said.
NEWS
January 19, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
ANDRE JOURDEN is reeling. He can't fathom why someone would want to kill his mother, who he says devoted her life to helping others. "She was 100 percent selfless," a tearful Jourden, 33, said last night at a vigil for his mother, Kim Jones, at the intersection where she was gunned down Tuesday. "Her whole life was helping others, and she worked hard at that. " Jones, 56, was shot once in the back of the head about 9:15 a.m. as she waited for a bus at 12th and Jefferson streets in North Philly, police said.
NEWS
January 16, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
IN 1999, DOUGLAS KRATZ was a $200-a-day heroin addict. Nothing mattered but his next fix. That's all he was thinking about when he and an acquaintance were arrested by two SEPTA cops one October night. Officers Eric Cohn and Steven Zambon were on patrol around the North Broad railroad station shortly after 9 p.m. Oct. 18 when they spotted Kratz and a woman on the outbound platform with drug paraphernalia, according to a transit police report. They later discovered a needle and seven small bags of heroin known on the streets as "Al Pacino.
NEWS
January 14, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
If you're an AmeriCorps or Peace Corps alumnus, the City of Philadelphia is looking to hire you. Starting this month, Philadelphia will award up to 5 points on its 100-point civil service exam for alumni of national service programs AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps. Mayor Nutter made the announcement along with Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National & Community Service, a federal agency which oversees AmeriCorps. "These individuals, through their service, create critical thinking skills, demonstrate leadership qualities, responsibility and they become the kind of invaluable workers that any employer would want," Nutter said.
NEWS
December 31, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
NEW YEAR'S EVE revelers won't be the only ones staying up late tonight. Your trusty public-transit provider will be running into the wee morning hours to help merrymakers get home, well after the clock strikes midnight. SEPTA spokesman Manny Smith said that trains will run more frequently during the late-night/early-morning hours on New Year's Eve, including the Broad Street and Market-Frankford lines as well as regional rails. "Because we know there will be an additional crowd, trains will be operating every 20 minutes," he said.
NEWS
December 31, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
UNTIL YESTERDAY, whenever I'd hear someone mention Waco, Texas, I'd think of one tragic thing and one funny thing. The well-known tragic thing: the deadly 1993 siege of the nearby Branch Davidian religious compound that killed 84 people, including four federal agents and 25 kids. The little-known funny thing: Waco is home to the Dr Pepper Museum. How hilarious is it that the city has a building with three floors of exhibits devoted to a soda that tastes like Robitussin? Yesterday, though, I learned a wild thing about Waco: Every New Year's Eve, its public-transit system offers free rides to revelers.
NEWS
December 31, 2014 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joanne Williams has been riding Eugene "Smitty" Smith's Route 29 bus across South Philadelphia for many years. "He's an angel. He just don't want to marry me yet," she lamented the other morning. Since the SEPTA driver is retiring Tuesday, she knew this would be her last chance. At her stop, bracing herself on her cane, she whispered in his ear. "Nah," he replied, "my wife's a keeper. " They both smiled. Then she leaned in and gave Smitty a hug - he's been collecting many of those of late - and exited his bus at Broad Street for the last time.
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