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May 18, 2016
SEPTA's Cynwyd Regional Rail Line has been cancelled for Monday evening and riders will be directed to an alternative route, the transit agency said. Riders at Suburban Station and 30th Street Station will need to take the Paoli-Thorndale Line to Overbrook Station and then board shuttle buses to Cynwyd Station. Some delays may occur. SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said an unexpected crew shortage led to the alternative plan and should only last through Monday night. - Robert Moran
NEWS
May 15, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
For falsely arresting a nurse on Christmas 2013, former SEPTA Police Officer Douglas Ioven must spend four hours each Christmas for the next four years doing community service. That was part of a novel Noel sentence handed down Friday by a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge. In March, Ioven, 44, was found guilty of false imprisonment and official oppression for arresting nurse Muibat Williamson at Suburban Station, following a contentious confrontation between the two at a Dunkin' Donuts store.
NEWS
May 14, 2016
Two SEPTA passengers were injured Thursday afternoon after a trolley and SUV crashed in the Ludlow section of Philadelphia, officials said. SEPTA spokeswoman Kristin Geiger said the crash, which occurred at Ninth Street and Girard Avenue, involved a Route 15 trolley. The extent of the passengers' injuries was unknown. Geiger said she wasn't sure if any more passengers were riding the trolley at the time of the crash. The SUV driver's condition was also unknown. SEPTA is running shuttle buses between 15th Street and the Delaware Loop until the trolley route can be cleared.
NEWS
May 13, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III used a Taser on a man in Kensington on Wednesday afternoon while responding to a situation involving a group of neighborhood residents and two intoxicated men, a spokeswoman for the transit authority said. According to spokeswoman Carla Showell-Lee, around 2:40 p.m. a drunken driver - with his equally intoxicated passenger beside him - hit several parked cars at Frankford Avenue and Cambria Street. Residents tried to hold the men down until police arrived, but a large "melee" ensued, Showell-Lee said.
NEWS
May 12, 2016
A bicyclist died Tuesday afternoon after being struck by a SEPTA bus in Frankford, police said. About noon, the male cyclist cut in front of a Route J bus traveling on Orthodox Street near Aramingo Avenue, police said. The bus struck the cyclist, who was taken to Aria Health's Frankford hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:12 p.m., police said. The bus driver stopped at the scene. The bus had no passengers at the time, but was in service, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said.
NEWS
May 11, 2016 | By Tommy Rowan, STAFF WRITER
A former city employee pleaded guilty Monday to forging and selling fake SEPTA passes to City Hall workers, prosecutors said. Mark Cooper, 35, worked for Philly 311, the city's Call Center. Federal prosecutors say he and his co-worker Kimberly Adams sold more than $10,000 worth of forged TransPass cards between August 2013 and June 2015. The duo sold about 2,000 fake passes for about $50 apiece, prosecutors said. The passes - which allow unlimited monthly travel on buses, trolleys and subways - retail at $91 a month.
BUSINESS
April 29, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
A school bus driver turned away from a job as a SEPTA bus operator because of a drug conviction dating back nearly 20 years filed a federal lawsuit against the transit agency Wednesday. The suit said SEPTA violates federal employment laws by routinely misusing criminal-history information turned up in background checks to eliminate potential employees, even when the offenses happened long ago and are irrelevant to the job. SEPTA said it would have no comment on the lawsuit. "People change their lives," said Frank Long, 56, of Philadelphia's Logan section, now a delivery-truck driver.
NEWS
April 23, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A SEPTA police officer who found a man unconscious at the 69th Street Transportation Center in Upper Darby on Thursday accidentally got pricked by an uncapped needle in the man's pocket and was taken to a hospital to be examined, authorities said. It was about 2 p.m. when the officer saw the man, who looked like he was in his 20s, in a passenger waiting area, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said. The officer, a 25-year veteran, went to check if the man was breathing, Busch said.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
A grant of nearly $2.6 million will bring emissions-free electric buses to Philadelphia streets. "We looked at the economics, and we looked at the impact on the environment, and we thought on both fronts this was a good decision for the authority," said Rich Burnfield, SEPTA's deputy general manager. The Federal Transportation Administration grant, announced Tuesday, will help pay for 25 electric buses from Proterra, a California-based manufacturer. Matt Horton, one of the company's senior vice presidents, said SEPTA's order was one of the largest from a major transit agency.
NEWS
April 18, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
The city's annual Philly Spring Cleanup is happening on Saturday as neighborhoods and volunteers across the city help spruce up the streets. The cleanup is taking place now until 2 p.m. The Streets Department will pick up bagged trash and debris at designated locations after 2 p.m. For more info, visit www.PhillySpringCleanup.com , or just go outside and help your neighbors if you see a cleanup in progress. Hundreds of SEPTA employees and City Year corps members are among many who will be helping clean city streets.
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