February 13, 2015 |
IT WASN'T A PLACE anyone would want to linger: the dark, secluded train tracks way past the public platform, where you might encounter an oncoming train, rats or worse. The woman who found herself there Monday afternoon definitely encountered worse: a repeat offender with mayhem on his mind. But not long after the punk beat and sexually assaulted the woman at Jefferson Station in Center City, SEPTA police had a suspect in mind - and by Tuesday night, they had him behind bars.
February 6, 2015 |
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.
January 30, 2015 |
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.
January 28, 2015 |
SEPTA subways will remain open all night and Tuesday's Regional Rail trains will run on a Saturday schedule, as transit agencies respond to the impending snowstorm. NJTransit will halt service Monday evening. No trains or buses will depart after 8 p.m. Service will resume "when conditions permit," NJTransit said. SEPTA service was unaffected Monday, spokeswoman Jerri Williams said. SEPTA will post planned bus detours for Tuesday on its website by 8 p.m. Monday, she said. Late night service will be suspended for buses that usually replace Broad Street and Market-Frankford subway service, as the two subway lines will remain open all night.
December 27, 2014 |
By the time the officers entered the subway car, they could see the baby's head crowning through his mother's sweatpants. A group of riders had already formed a semicircle around her, offering as much protection and comfort as they could on the Market-Frankford Line. SEPTA Police Sgt. Daniel Caban and Officer Darrell James arrived at the 15th Street station about the same time: 5:50 p.m. on Christmas. "Get your gloves ready," Caban told James. Caban, who had experienced childbirth only as an observant father, knelt and removed the woman's sweatpants as she practiced breathing exercises.
November 4, 2014 |
A 12-year veteran of SEPTA's transit police is facing criminal charges after allegedly masturbating on the Broad Street Line while off-duty, agency officials said. Officer Kevin Fant, 44, facing charges of indecent exposure and open lewdness, was expected to surrender Monday night to the Philadelphia Police Department, said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch. "Disgusting and shameful," Transit Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel 3d tweeted late Monday afternoon. SEPTA's social media team was tipped off Oct. 25 to an online video showing a man masturbating on a Broad Street subway car. The video was originally posted in August.
November 4, 2014 |
THIS WAS far from a stroke of genius. Kevin Fant, 44, a SEPTA Transit Police officer, was placed on administrative leave yesterday after he was literally caught with his pants down, Jerri Williams, a SEPTA spokeswoman, said in a statement. A video of Fant allegedly masturbating on a subway train reached SEPTA's administration last week, according to Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel. The footage, recorded in August on a Broad Street Line train, shows Fant getting in touch with himself while off duty.
August 7, 2014 |
SEPTA's overnight weekend subway service - run as a pilot program since mid-June - will be extended through Nov. 2, the transit agency announced yesterday. SEPTA's 24-hour weekend service runs on the Broad Street and Market-Frankford lines. The pilot, intended to accommodate increased demand for subway service among late-night riders Fridays and Saturdays, originally was intended to run just through Labor Day weekend. Extending the pilot into the fall - when college students and summer vacationers return to town - will help SEPTA officials determine whether late-night weekend subway service is worth keeping permanently.
July 17, 2014 |
After a rider on the Broad Street Line took a covert photograph of a man who appeared to be armed and sent it to SEPTA police, officers caught up with the suspect in Center City and confiscated several weapons, authorities said Tuesday. "This is a story of great public involvement and tremendous police work," SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel said Tuesday. Darryl Donahue, 52, was arrested about 10 p.m. Monday near LOVE Park by a detective who knew what the suspect looked like from the photograph, Nestel said.
June 30, 2014 |
The two friends would sit on the beach in Avalon, watching their children play in the sand and waves, and dream of how one day they would be designers with their own business. It was only a dream until Kathleen Cochet and Anne Flynn made it a reality in 2009, when they founded a pop-up design firm. One product, vintage-style subway signs printed on high-quality paper, sold like hotcakes - so well, the pair renamed their business MySubwaySign. But their company needed a home. And, as it came to pass, so did Cochet.