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February 6, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
MICHAEL, a Frankford teen, is a poster boy for all the wrong reasons. Last year, Michael - a pseudonym, because most of his offenses were committed as a juvenile - was cited 15 times in six months for hopping onto a SEPTA train without paying, law-enforcement sources said. It got so bad, one SEPTA Transit Police officer told the Daily News , that the cashiers at his most frequently visited stations began to recognize him and would tip off police before he even approached their windows.
NEWS
February 3, 2015
SEPTA police are investigating a group attack that allegedly occurred on a city trolley and was posted on YouTube. SEPTA's social media monitoring team discovered the video Sunday which was posted on a local blogger's site, and a detective was assigned, said SEPTA spokesman Manuel Smith. The video shows a group of young people, male and female, involved in an assault. Some of them appear to be kicking and stomping someone on the floor. One of the females is seen assaulting another passenger with her hands.
NEWS
January 30, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The long-delayed, $150 million makeover of the busy subway complex beneath City Hall will begin early next year, a top SEPTA official said Wednesday. The century-old 15th Street station on the Market-Frankford Line and the 87-year-old City Hall station on the Broad Street line will be made roomier, brighter, and cleaner, and be equipped with 13 elevators to make them fully accessible. And the dark, narrow passageways that connect the stations and the Subway-Surface Lines will be reconfigured to eliminate stairs and bottlenecks.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2015 | Lauren McCutcheon, The Daily News
The long: Parents bring kids to see how they'll fit into a new minivan or SUV, said Kevin Mazzucola, of the Auto Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia. The short: Kids - about 25,000 of them - might have other reasons for attending. (What toddler shouldn't be behind the wheel of a brand-new Escalade?) Please touch: Of the 700 vehicles in the show's 700,000 square feet, most are fine to climb in. Please don't: Hands off exotics - Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, etc. New this year: Mini Jeeps to drive (ages 3 and up, under 130 pounds)
NEWS
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.
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