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July 8, 2016
What car owner would take it in stride if cracks showed up in his vehicle's axle or frame only a few years into its expected road life? Similar circumstances face SEPTA, which has had to sideline a third of its commuter rail's cars because of a dangerous manufacturing defect that will be costly to correct. Day 2 of service disruptions for SEPTA Regional Rail found trains and platforms much more crowded than Monday, which was a holiday. Trains with no room for additional passengers were forced to bypass stations and operate as expresses Tuesday.
NEWS
July 8, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
The crack in SEPTA's rail cars has led Uber and the Philadelphia Parking Authority to heal their own breach. The city regulatory authority and the ride-hailing app giant have reached a temporary agreement to allow Uber to operate legally in Philadelphia. This comes just a week after state legislators said a bill that would have regulated the hail-by-app industry was too unwieldy to vote on before the summer recess. "It's taking away the stigma. We will make it legal here pending the legislation," said Vince Fenerty, the PPA's executive director.
NEWS
July 7, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
A woman was arrested after allegedly spraying Mace at a SEPTA bus driver and a passenger in a wheelchair Tuesday night in the city's Olney section. The incident occurred about 7:45 p.m. when a Route 47 bus was stopped in the 5600 block of North Fifth Street to allow the passenger in the wheelchair to board, said Transit Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel 3rd. The bus driver was assisting the wheelchair rider "when a woman boarded who was very agitated because she felt the driver had passed her by in mid-block," Nestel said.
NEWS
July 7, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin and Justine McDaniel, STAFF WRITERS
Jammed platforms. Brutal delays. Passengers left stranded as packed-to-capacity trains sped past. And, because some people were likely off Tuesday for the holiday, things will probably get worse, especially for riders from inner-ring suburbs who will have to contend with the most crowded trains. "It could be a little worse tomorrow," said Jeff Knueppel, SEPTA's general manager, during a news conference Tuesday. "I wish I didn't feel that way but I've got to say it. " And the problems could last all summer, officials said, because they don't know whether a temporary weld can get the trains back in service until new beams are installed.
NEWS
July 7, 2016 | By Tom Avril, Staff Writer
SEPTA's Silverliner V cars were sidelined by a problem that has dogged mechanical engineers for as long as they have worked with metal: fatigue. That is the term for microscopic cracks that can develop with repeated back-and-forth loading, which happens as trains move from one section of track to the next. If allowed to spread, such cracks can eventually lead to failure, as when you bend a paper clip enough times that it breaks. Most of the SEPTA cars were pulled out of service before that happened, but in one car the crack had propagated through a 9-foot beam called an equalizer, agency engineers said Tuesday.
NEWS
July 7, 2016 | By Joseph N. Distefano, Staff Writer
SEPTA's decision to ground the largest fleet of passenger railcars built by Hyundai Rotem's South Philadelphia factory didn't hurt the company's share price, which rose modestly in trading Monday on the Korea Stock Exchange. Hyundai Rotem's investors such as Vanguard Group are used to the political, scheduling, and quality-control disputes that often plague multinational military and transit-vehicle providers, such as Hyundai Rotem. Still, the headlines over the weekend - that inspectors are checking welds while passengers are herded into crowded, older trains, possibly for months - do not help the company's efforts, or the city's, to achieve the decades-old dream of growing its Weccacoe Avenue plant into a center for the U.S. passenger railcar business, and become a successor to long-vanished American manufacturers.
NEWS
July 6, 2016 | By Steve Bohnel and Jason Laughlin, STAFF WRITERS
With structural failures found in one-third of its train fleet, SEPTA officials announced Monday that the Regional Rail lines would be running on a modified Saturday schedule during the workweek and urged Regional Rail riders to shop for other ways of getting around. Repairs could take the rest of the summer, but riders who account for 150,000 trips on Regional Rail each day likely face crowded trains and big delays. Depending on the line, said Ron Hopkins, SEPTA's assistant general manager, capacity could drop as much as 50 percent.
NEWS
July 5, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
Structural failures found in a third of SEPTA's train fleet are forcing more than 100 cars off the tracks indefinitely. Fixes could take the rest of the summer, but riders who account for 150,000 trips on Regional Rail each day will likely face crowded trains and big delays. "Unfortunately, it will be rough on our railroad customers," said Jeff Knueppel, SEPTA's general manager. The flaw, a crack in a weight-bearing beam on a train car's undercarriage, has shown up in almost all of SEPTA's Silverliner V's, the newest trains in its Regional Rail fleet.
NEWS
July 4, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
SEPTA said Saturday that it had removed 120 Silverliner V passenger cars - nearly a third of its passenger railcar fleet - from service due to a "significant structural defect," and that the cars would remain sidelined until repairs are made. The decision raised the prospect of considerable commuter delays when work schedules return to normal after the July 4 holiday weekend. SEPTA spokeswoman Carla Showell-Lee said that the defects had been discovered Friday and that the decision to pull them from service was made in a conference call of senior SEPTA managers.
NEWS
July 4, 2016
A 71-year-old man who was running to catch a SEPTA bus in West Philadelphia on Saturday died after he got caught on a rear tire and was pulled under the bus, Philadelphia police said. The accident happened about 2:30 p.m. as the man was trying to catch the Route 15 bus at Belmont and Girard Avenues, police said. The man, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead by medics at the scene at 2:40 p.m. - Julie Shaw
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