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February 27, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
In the middle of the night Thursday, hours after Regional Rail service is put to bed, trains will still be running on the Warminster line. They're the subjects of the final Federal Railroad Administration tests on SEPTA's Positive Train Control system, a long-awaited braking system that may be days away from coming online for the first time. PTC will automatically slow or stop a train that is exceeding recommended speed limits on the rail. Experts have said the system would have prevented the Amtrak crash in Philadelphia in May that killed eight.
NEWS
February 27, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
SEPTA on Friday unveiled its preferred plan to extend regional rail service to King of Prussia: an elevated spur that would run four to five miles, mainly along the Pennsylvania Turnpike. With an estimated pricetag of $1.1 billion, the spur off the Norristown High Speed Line could be operational by 2023, officials said. It would carry 8,500 passengers daily to five stops, including one inside the King of Prussia Mall. The goal is loftier: to finally connect Philadelphia via rail to a business and commercial hub among the largest of its kind in the country.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
In less than a decade, Hunting Park Avenue's industrial warehouses have been revived by bustling businesses and social service centers. A gym, a center for crime victims, schools, and doctors' offices now hug the four-lane artery east of Broad Street. Developers say the area is one of the few in the city that still offers lots of big parcels with parking. Without a car, though, getting to the growing commercial hub has been a hassle. That will change Sunday. SEPTA is adding 21/2 miles and 22 stops to the Route 53 bus, mostly along Hunting Park from Ninth to G Streets.
NEWS
February 21, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
A man who fell into the track area of the Broad Street Line at City Hall on Friday afternoon was rescued by fellow SEPTA riders, including a Temple University student who jumped down to help him while a train was approaching. "As someone who takes the subway almost daily, the thought of falling onto the tracks has always been terrifying," Richard Montgomery, a marketing student, posted on Facebook after the incident, which occurred around noon. After the man fell, Montgomery jumped down to help him, said SEPTA spokeswoman Kristin Geiger.
NEWS
February 20, 2016
SEPTA and Amtrak service service has resumed Thursday evening with residual delays in Northeast Philadelphia after a warehouse fire along the tracks in the city's Holmesburg section was declared under control, officials said. Just before 5:30 p.m., a fire was reported at a two-story brick warehouse in the 7700 block of Edmund Street. SEPTA's Trenton line was suspended through the area and Amtrak trains were halted from going through the area as firefighters battled the blaze.
NEWS
February 19, 2016 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
THERE WAS something familiar about James Williams' hushed cellphone conversation in my lung doctor's office. "It's just a few blocks," he said. "She can't walk that far," he said. Finally: "I waited 25 minutes on the phone for you to tell me you can't do anything?" While his mother was being seen by the doctor, Williams told me he'd been talking to SEPTA's Customized Community Transport (CCT Connect), which provides transportation to elderly and disabled residents. Except when it doesn't.
NEWS
February 18, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, STAFF WRITER
The 53 Bus Route will be getting a little longer starting this weekend. As of Sunday, the bus will add two and a half miles to its route, taking it to Feltonville, Juniata Park and Hunting Park. The added service, which begins Feb. 21, will take the bus along East Hunting Park Avenue. The extension, approved about a year ago, will operate along East Hunting Park Avenue, SEPTA officials said. "Strong growth along the East Hunting Park drove community, political, and business requests for service," said Manuel Smith, a SEPTA spokesman.
NEWS
February 15, 2016 | By Patricia Madej and Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITERS
The Philadelphia Fire Department recently put under control a six-alarm blaze on the 4600 block of Griscom Street in Frankford. Crews have been out at the scene of the fire, which started at Joe's Auto Body repair shop, since about 9:35 a.m. Saturday. Officials said the fire was put under control at 2:03 p.m. Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer said at a news conference at the scene that the blaze has been extremely hard to battle because of wind gusts and the cold weather. One firefighter was reported to be injured.
NEWS
February 14, 2016 | By Dana DiFilippo, STAFF WRITER
It wasn't a snake on a plane, but a snake near a train that sent authorities scrambling to SEPTA's University City Regional Rail station Friday morning. A passerby reported seeing a snake in a trash can at the station in the 3100 block of Convention Avenue shortly before 4 a.m., SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern said. The snake was dead, and animal-control officers were called, Redfern said. The snake was coiled up in a brown trash bag, according to a photo on 6ABC's website.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
At a series of public meetings next month, SEPTA will present a single proposal for the five-mile extension of the Norristown High Speed Line. The meetings haven't been scheduled, but one group is already fighting. A petition to give Upper Merion residents a vote on the extension has attracted 424 signatures in three months, as of Wednesday. A group called NoKOPRail with a presence on Twitter and Facebook formed to support the petition. For context, those signatures come from a municipality of almost 30,000, according to census data, but the group has a lot of grievances: SEPTA communicated its plans poorly.
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