July 6, 2016 |
With structural failures found in one-third of its train fleet, SEPTA officials announced Monday that the Regional Rail lines would be running on a modified Saturday schedule during the workweek and urged Regional Rail riders to shop for other ways of getting around. Repairs could take the rest of the summer, but riders who account for 150,000 trips on Regional Rail each day likely face crowded trains and big delays. Depending on the line, said Ron Hopkins, SEPTA's assistant general manager, capacity could drop as much as 50 percent.
July 5, 2016 |
Structural failures found in a third of SEPTA's train fleet are forcing more than 100 cars off the tracks indefinitely. Fixes could take the rest of the summer, but riders who account for 150,000 trips on Regional Rail each day will likely face crowded trains and big delays. "Unfortunately, it will be rough on our railroad customers," said Jeff Knueppel, SEPTA's general manager. The flaw, a crack in a weight-bearing beam on a train car's undercarriage, has shown up in almost all of SEPTA's Silverliner V's, the newest trains in its Regional Rail fleet.
February 5, 2016
For the second time Wednesday, a train struck an unoccupied vehicle stuck on tracks in Montgomery County, authorities said. Shortly before 6 p.m., a Conrail train struck a car on a track crossing on Waverly Road near River Road in Lower Merion, a county dispatcher said. The occupants of the car got out in time and no one was hurt. Early Wednesday morning, a SEPTA commuter train struck an unoccupied taxi in Conshohocken. Two people on the train suffered minor injuries. - Robert Moran
February 5, 2016 |
A SEPTA train has hit a disabled taxi on the tracks in Conshohocken, but there are no reports of serious injuries. The collision occurred at 6:25 a.m. on the Manayunk/Norristown Line, just south of Poplar Street between the Conshohocken and Spring Mill stations, SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern said. Two people suffered minor head injuries, she said. Fifty-five people were aboard the train, and the car was empty, Redfern said. Service – suspended while police investigated – resumed at 8:40 a.m., Redfern said.
January 29, 2016
A true raw-milk Reblochon taught me one of my first lessons about the power of great cheese. As in the power of its divine stink. My friend Spike, whose father-in-law was a renowned cheese affineur in Annecy near the French-Swiss border, once took a Reblochon so perfectly ripe on our trip to the Alps, the entire train car was afluster with its heady aroma - even though it was still inside his luggage. And it wasn't spoiled one bit. We gratinéed that washed-rind beauty over roasted potatoes for the ultimate après-ski snack.
July 24, 2015 |
CASSIE JAMES' husband is getting antsy. He tells her that it's getting late, that they need to get home to their 15-year-old daughter, Danielle. "Go ahead without me," she says. "I'll just take the bus. " "You can't do that, it'll take way too long," he replies. From Center City, the couple is about an hour and some change from their Bala Cynwyd home. James, 60, who was born with spina bifida, doesn't mind the trip. To her, it's a relatively new freedom like so many other things in her life - her marriage, her child, her job, her home.
June 28, 2015 |
WARNING: The above video contains language some would find inappropriate. A SEPTA police officer was captured on video shoving an alleged fare evader by the throat into a subway train's wall - while the man holds his toddler daughter. The video, recorded on a transit authority camera in a westbound Market-Frankford El train Thursday, was played for reporters at an afternoon news conference held by SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III. Nestel said that his department "doesn't teach people to do that" and that an internal investigation had been launched.
May 29, 2015 |
Michael A. Ferrara was born in 1916 and grew up on Christian Street near Ninth, when South Philadelphia still had the flavor of its immigrant Italian families. "His father had a bakery in the house, an oven in the basement," Mr. Ferrara's daughter, JoAnn Ferrara Waity, said. Mr. Ferrara's father produced bread and rolls, Waity said, "and with the dough my grandmother would make tomato pies. " When Mr. Ferrara was a child in the 1920s, she said, his Sicilian parents - Mariano and Josephine - delivered their baked goods house-to-house with a horse and wagon.
May 22, 2015 |
The first six railcars to be rebuilt as part of the $194 million program to upgrade PATCO's entire 120-car fleet will return to service next Thursday, officials said Wednesday. The Delaware River Port Authority, which oversees PATCO, deemed the cars acceptable May 8 after a lengthy delay because of problems with communications, automatic train control, and propulsion and braking systems. The DRPA already has two more cars that will soon be put into service and two more ready to ship from Alstom Transport Inc. in Hornell, N.Y. The authority hired Alstom in 2010 to rebuild the 40-year-old fleet, deciding that buying new cars was too expensive.
December 28, 2014 |
The SEPTA officers went to Hahnemann University Hospital on Friday bearing gifts fit for a baby born on the Market-Frankford El: a T-shirt with a SEPTA logo and a stuffed train car. Yanjin Li recognized them immediately. "I remember you!" she exclaimed as they walked into the room. On Christmas, Sgt. Daniel Caban and Officer Darrell James sprung into action as Li went into labor on a train at 15th and Market Streets - and helped deliver a healthy baby boy now named, fittingly, Chris.