June 11, 2016 |
The fare system of Philadelphia's future arrives Monday. SEPTA Key, the electronic fare card that will eventually replace passes and tokens on the region's public transportation network, is being made available to 10,000 people - first come, first served - in the coming weeks. SEPTA officials are keen to demonstrate the system's capabilities, and a brief presentation Thursday showed how cash, tokens, and - for the first time on SEPTA's system - credit cards can be used on kiosks to buy the new cards.
June 7, 2016
Service was restored Sunday afternoon at SEPTA's Norristown Transportation Center two hours after it was shut down about 1:30 p.m. at the request of Norristown Police after a suspicious package was discovered at the adjacent Bieber Tourways bus depot. At 3:45 p.m., a SEPTA spokesperson said the Norristown High Speed Line, the Manayunk/Norristown Regional Rail Line and bus service had resumed. "It ended up being nothing," said a Norristown Police spokesman. "The bomb squad cleared it. " SEPTA had stopped servicing the Norristown Transportation Center after receiving word from Norristown police that an unattended package was being investigated.
June 5, 2016 |
A van crashed into a utility pole at North 9th Street and Roosevelt Boulevard early Friday, briefly knocking out power to 1,300 PECO customers, including SEPTA's Broad Street Line. No injuries were reported in the crash at about 4:30 a.m. in an area bound by the Logan, Olney and Hunting Park sections of the city. Benjamin Armstrong, a PECO spokesman, said power was restored about a half-hour later. SEPTA, however, was not able to fully restore service on the Broad Street and Ridge Spur Lines until about 5:45 a.m. - Joseph A. Gambardello
May 30, 2016 |
The runner who was critically injured by a hit-and-run driver in Holmesburg a week ago was a SEPTA Transit police officer for whom runners plan a four-mile "get well" outing Sunday. Officer Gary Miller, 44, was running on Rowland Avenue, near Chippendale Street, about 3 p.m. last Sunday when a dark-colored sedan struck him from behind, throwing him up against the windshield before he landed on the road. SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III said Saturday that Miller, who has been a transit officer for about 13 years, was in serious condition in the intensive-care unit at the Aria Health-Torresdale Campus.
May 28, 2016 |
SEPTA approved a contract Thursday that will bring more than 500 new buses to the city by 2021. The $411.8 million, five-year contract with New Flyer of America, of Winnipeg, Canada, will pay for 525 diesel-electric hybrid buses. The buses will begin arriving next year, SEPTA officials said, and in five years 95 percent of the agency's bus fleet will be made up of hybrid vehicles. SEPTA's board voted for the contract at its monthly meeting Thursday. At the same meeting it approved the fiscal year 2017 $1.4 billion operating budget, a 3 percent increase over the prior year.
May 27, 2016 |
William H. Snyder was a good enough baseball player as a teenager that his high school wouldn't allow him to play. Northeast High School in Philadelphia "didn't play him because he was getting paid in a sandlot league," son William A. said. To show that his father made a splash, the son read from an undated 1940s photo caption in the Evening Bulletin: "Bill Snyder, safe at third, on one of his three stolen bases yesterday, as he pitched Cohocksink to the Northern District junior playground title with a 2-1 victory over East Germantown juniors.
May 26, 2016 |
It should have been an uneventful commute home for Alejo Molina just after midnight Tuesday morning: Leave the night shift at a city warehouse, catch the Route 70 bus to Bustleton Avenue, transfer to the Route 58 for a short ride, then end up at the Souder Street rowhouse he shared with his family. But that routine, his wife said, came to a violent end when a man allegedly drove a speeding Lexus off the road and struck Molina at a bus shelter on Bustleton, killing him. The driver was in custody Tuesday, police said, though he initially ran off and he waited seven hours to turn himself in. Police did not identify him, but Capt.
May 26, 2016
A 55-year-old Texas man who had just visited the Liberty Bell was struck and killed by a Market-Frankford El train late Tuesday afternoon in Center City, authorities said. Just before 5 p.m., Woodrow Jackson, who was with his wife, apparently fell onto the tracks on the westbound side at the 13th Street station just as the train was arriving, police said. Jackson, of Cibolo, was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife was taken to a hospital to be treated for shock. SEPTA shut off power along the track between the 30th Street and Spring Garden stations so police could investigate the death.
May 23, 2016 |
Authorities were investigating a disturbance of some sort, which initially was reported as a manhole explosion, near 30th and Market Streets in University City on Saturday afternoon. No one was injured, a police spokeswoman said. The reported underground explosion occurred near 30th Street Station, at the northeast corner of 30th and Market, shortly after 1 p.m., a Fire Department dispatcher said. Market Street was closed to vehicular traffic from 29th to 30th Streets because of the investigation.
May 22, 2016
A 26-year-old man was killed Friday after he was struck by a SEPTA Regional Rail train just north of the Fern Rock Transportation Center. Police said that about 11:45 a.m., the man was walking between the inbound and outbound railroad tracks near Godfrey Avenue, at the border of Fern Rock and Olney, when he was struck by a West Trenton Line train headed south to the Fern Rock Transportation Center, at 9th Street and Nedro Avenue. The man, whose name police were not releasing because the incident is considered an accident, was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:05 p.m. It was not clear why he was walking in between the tracks.