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March 16, 2016 | $util.encode.html($!item.byline), $util.encode.html($!item.bycredit)
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.
NEWS
March 9, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
The slide show image depicted a computer rendering of a sleek train traveling along an elevated rail alongside some houses. Cries of "No!" immediately burst from the audience. "Those are our homes," one person shouted. Monday night, SEPTA gave the public a first chance to comment on the preferred plan for a five-mile rail spur to connect Philadelphia to King of Prussia's thriving businesses. There was heated opposition from some of the 200 people at the meeting at the Radisson Hotel in Valley Forge.
NEWS
March 9, 2016 | By Dana DiFilippo, Staff Writer
Four months after a Kensington man died in SEPTA police custody after violently struggling with an officer, the transit agency's internal affairs investigators have cleared the officer of any wrongdoing, but recommended discipline for the sergeant who failed to direct officers to the closest hospital and collect witness statements at the scene. SEPTA Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel III said Monday that the officer stunned 24-year-old Omar Lopez 10 times with a Taser with little effect - likely because Lopez was high on PCP during the Oct. 26 encounter at the Market-Frankford Line's Huntingdon station.
NEWS
March 8, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
He's become the scourge of the Media/Elwyn Line quiet car. At 8:30 a.m., among those seeking silence on their way to work, the tall, gray-haired man is loud and insulting, other riders say. He's vocal when something annoys him, and cruel to conductors. "He's just mean and nasty, and he looks for obvious targets," said Megan Mackrides, 34, a regular rider. "The worst part is that no one feels comfortable to say, 'Hey buddy, shut up.' " Passengers complained to police without results.
NEWS
March 5, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel and Jason Laughlin, STAFF WRITERS
SEPTA wants a federal judge to issue a restraining order against a lower Bucks County municipality that the transit agency contends has imposed "exorbitant" fees and "excessive" regulations that are delaying a $36 million upgrade of its Levittown station. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, the transit agency asked the court to bar the Borough of Tullytown from asserting any authority over the work at the station, which began in November. More than $250,000 in borough fees and other "regulatory burdens" have been preventing SEPTA from finishing the project, it claims.
NEWS
March 4, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia police have released a video of a man stabbing a woman in a SEPTA El station elevator in Kensington during an attempted robbery. It was about 1:30 a.m. Saturday when the 30-year-old woman got into the street-level elevator for the Market-Frankford Line at the Huntingdon Station, 2600 Kensington Avenue, to go up to the elevated platform. The video shows the man entering into the elevator after her. After the door closes, the man is seen standing, facing the elevator door and speaking, while the woman stands in a corner.
NEWS
March 4, 2016
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY junior Rich Montgomery is a hero. KYW Newsradio's Pat Loeb, who got the only interview with Montgomery, reported that a SEPTA rider fell on the Broad Street subway tracks just as a train was coming, but suffered no injuries because of Montgomery's actions. Montgomery told Loeb, "And there's a guy in between the rails, so he's kind of hidden, and, at the same time, I hear the train is coming around the corner. " Montgomery reached out to the man, but he didn't get up. He could hear the train's brakes start to engage, so he jumped onto the tracks and lifted the man to other riders on the platform.
NEWS
March 4, 2016
WHAT IS Pasquale "Pat" Deon , a GOP bigwig from Bucks County, doing raising money for State Rep. Dwight Evans , a Philly Democrat looking to unseat indicted U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah in this year's congressional election? A Clout tipster asks: Could it have anything to do with the fact that Evans sits on SEPTA's board of directors and has supported Deon as chairman? "That's silly nonsense," said Evans campaign manager Michael Dineen . Perfect. We specialize in silly nonsense.
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