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August 14, 1994 | By Carolyn Acker, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
While thousands of others flocked to Saugerties, N.Y., this weekend, Ken Springirth made a pilgrimage to Philadelphia. Video camera in hand, Springirth left his home in Erie at 3:00 yesterday morning. He drove to Buffalo, N.Y., flew to Philadelphia, took a train to Chestnut Hill and, at 10 a.m., arrived at his ultimate destination: SEPTA's Germantown depot. Leave Woodstock to the others. Springirth had come to celebrate the 100th anniversary of trolley service along Germantown Avenue.
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February 26, 1987 | By Jerry W. Byrd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Trolley passengers on the venerable Route 56 line may have to continue shuttling on and off buses at Torresdale Avenue as SEPTA searches for money to repair dangerously worn track on the eastern portion of the line. Repairs to the cracked and twisted track sections could cost $250,000, according to SEPTA estimates. SEPTA spokesman Dave Murdock said the money was not available in the agency's capital budget. Murdock said he could not estimate when trolleys would return to full service on the line.
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October 6, 2009 | By Paul Nussbaum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
How would proposed trolleys along Columbus Boulevard and Market Street mesh with broader plans to develop the Philadelphia waterfront? That was a chief question yesterday when local planners met to assess the Delaware River Port Authority's proposals to build light-rail service on the riverfront. The DRPA hopes to announce soon its selection from among several possible routes to connect a waterfront trolley line to Center City. The likely choice would be to install trolleys on Market Street to run from City Hall to Columbus Boulevard.
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September 3, 2006 | By Gloria A. Hoffner INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
No blood was spilled during the Battle of Llanerch Crossing. The 1890s struggle was a Pennsylvania Supreme Court case over crossing rights contested by the Philadelphia & West Chester Traction Co. and the Pennsylvania Railroad. Remembered in two murals at West Chester Pike and Darby Road in Haverford Township, the dispute ended in 1895 when the traction company won and established a trolley line that helped turn cornfields into subdivisions, said Mary Courtney, president of the Haverford Township Historical Society.
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October 29, 1998 | TOM GRALISH / Inquirer Staff Photographer
Firefighters carry an unidentified SEPTA passenger out of the Subway-Surface Line station at 22d and Market Streets after a power failure stopped eight trolleys in an underground tunnel yesterday at 8:50 a.m. About 300 passengers were safely evacuated, including the woman pictured, who was not injured. The trolley line was shut down until 10:20 a.m., a SEPTA spokesman said.
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July 11, 2013 | Inquirer Staff
A pedestrian was hit by a freight train Tuesday morning in Darby, authorities said. There is no word yet on the person's condition. The pedestrian was hit about 7:30 a.m. at Main and 6th Streets, where the CSX fright line tracks cross the tracks for SEPTA's Route 11 trolley. Since Main Street was blocked by the stopped fright train, SEPTA was operating shuttle buses between Island Avenue and the Darby Loop on the trolley line.
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September 22, 2009 | By Paul Nussbaum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As transit planners contemplate a rail line along the Delaware riverfront, they're overlooking the best way to connect it to Center City, says a local architect who has long argued for better riverfront access. Alan Charles Johnson's solution: Extend SEPTA's Market Street subway 400 feet east from the Second Street station to join a proposed rail line on Columbus Boulevard. "It's the fastest, cheapest, easiest way to get the most people from here to there," Johnson said. His firm, Alley Friends Architects, was responsible for the design of Academy House, Penn Treaty Park, and several waterfront restaurants, among other projects.
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September 17, 2009 | By Paul Nussbaum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An express E-ZPass lane on the Betsy Ross Bridge is expected to be operational by 2011, following approval yesterday by the Delaware River Port Authority. The lane, which will let drivers pay tolls without slowing down, is expected to be built on the left side of the toll plaza, with an electronic E-ZPass reader on an overhead gantry. A similar express lane may be built on the Commodore Barry Bridge, DRPA officials said. Because of traffic patterns and bridge design, neither of the agency's two busiest bridges, the Benjamin Franklin and the Walt Whitman, will be outfitted with an express E-ZPass lane.
NEWS
February 19, 1987
As a former resident of Philadelphia, I was saddened to read the Feb. 2 article by Susan Caba, "Trolleys: And then there were 2. " Philadelphia is known for many things. The Mummers, soft pretzels and, yes, trolley cars come especially to mind. So it is truly sad that a divided city administration cannot stand up to a (suburban-dominated) SEPTA that seems determined to eliminate a great city resource. If there is still time, Mayor Goode should work through such agencies as the City Planning Commission and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission to formulate a viable plan that would deal with this issue.
NEWS
June 14, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
A two-alarm underground transformer fire has prompted officials to evacuate buildings on the 800 block of Main Street in Darby Borough. No injuries are reported. Officials evacuated buildings in the area of the transformer because of high levels of carbon monoxide. The block is a mix of commercial and residential buildings. Among those evacuated were residents of a nursing home, including a number of people in wheel chairs. Firefighters are going through the evacuated buildings opening windows to ventilate the potentially deadly gas. Service on SEPTA's No. 11 trolley line are terminating at Island/Woodland because of the fire.
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July 11, 2013 | Inquirer Staff
A pedestrian was hit by a freight train Tuesday morning in Darby, authorities said. There is no word yet on the person's condition. The pedestrian was hit about 7:30 a.m. at Main and 6th Streets, where the CSX fright line tracks cross the tracks for SEPTA's Route 11 trolley. Since Main Street was blocked by the stopped fright train, SEPTA was operating shuttle buses between Island Avenue and the Darby Loop on the trolley line.
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October 31, 2012 | By Troy Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
All SEPTA regional rail lines will be working Wednesday, operating from the normal start of service in the morning on a weekday schedule, SEPTA announced Tuesday evening. Meanwhile, PATCO announced that service resumed at 6 p.m. tonight, with trains departing every half hour. Amtrak was to resume most service in the area Wednesday, though New York City service remains suspended because of tunnel flooding. NJ Transit said it would resume limited bus service Wednesday in Camden.
NEWS
June 14, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
A two-alarm underground transformer fire has prompted officials to evacuate buildings on the 800 block of Main Street in Darby Borough. No injuries are reported. Officials evacuated buildings in the area of the transformer because of high levels of carbon monoxide. The block is a mix of commercial and residential buildings. Among those evacuated were residents of a nursing home, including a number of people in wheel chairs. Firefighters are going through the evacuated buildings opening windows to ventilate the potentially deadly gas. Service on SEPTA's No. 11 trolley line are terminating at Island/Woodland because of the fire.
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May 22, 2012 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
Frank Kelly is a stay-put sort of guy. He worked for the electric company for 41 years. He's been married to the same woman (Janet) for 56 years. For a pet, he's always favored an Irish setter. (He's had eight.) And for the last 42 years, Kelly has been the Republican mayor of Collingdale Borough. He was recognized recently by the legislature as the longest-serving municipal executive in Pennsylvania. "I've been here all my life, I know everybody in town, I like helping people.
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May 16, 2012 | By Walter F. Naedele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The traffic engineering of Jack W. Boorse touched, among others, the legendary New Orleans trolley line made famous in the 1947 Tennessee Williams play, A Streetcar Named Desire. Mr. Boorse's other work ranged far, with plans for light rail systems in Miami Beach, Kansas City, Mo., and Honolulu. But before them, his work focused on efforts closer to home, such as rerouting traffic during the years that the Platt Memorial Bridge, a key route to Philadelphia International Airport, was closed.
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June 3, 2011 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Bonnie Cook, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Radnor police have identified the 65-year-old Devon man who was killed Thursday by a 45-foot-long tree limb that fell on him along the Radnor Trail. Donald Vigliotti was sitting on a park bench in Radnor Township, Delaware County, when the 12-inch thick branch snapped at about 3 p.m., police Superintendent William A. Colarulo said. The man was pronounced dead at Bryn Mawr Hospital a short time later. Authorities have not yet determined what caused the seemingly healthy limb to fall from its tree.
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June 3, 2011 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 65-year-old Devon man was killed Thursday afternoon by a falling tree limb as he sat on a bench beside the Radnor Trail in Radnor Township, Delaware County. According to Police Superintendent William A. Colarulo, the 45-foot-long branch struck and fatally injured the victim about 3 p.m. Hearing the limb splinter, a 17-year-old hiker tried to revive the man with CPR, Colarulo said. The man, whose identity was being withheld pending notification of family, was pronounced dead a short time later at Bryn Mawr Hospital.
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June 2, 2011 | By Bonnie L. Cook, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 65-year-old Devon man was killed Thursday afternoon by a 45-foot-long branch that snapped off a tree and fell on him as he sat on a bench beside the Radnor Trail in Radnor Township, Delaware County, authorities said. Safety superintendent William A. Colarulo said the accident happened about 3 p.m. A 17-year-old hiker heard the limb splinter and ran to try and revive the victim using CPR, Colarulo said. The effort wasn't successful; the man was pronounced dead a short time later at Bryn Mawr Hospital, Colarulo said.
NEWS
June 16, 2010
SEPTA will reroute a portion of the Route 15 trolley line in Fishtown and North Philadelphia to accommodate extensive highway reconstruction, starting next spring. Route 15, which runs along Girard Avenue and Richmond Street, will use buses instead of trolleys for the three miles from Girard and Front Street to Richmond and Westmoreland Street. Trolley service will be rerouted from Girard along Frankford Avenue to Delaware Avenue, where a turnaround will be built across the street from the new Sugar House casino.
NEWS
June 15, 2010
SEPTA will reroute a portion of the Route 15 trolley line in Fishtown and North Philadelphia to accommodate massive highway reconstruction, starting next spring. Route 15, which runs along Girard Avenue and Richmond Street, will use buses instead of trolleys for the three miles from Girard and Front Street to Richmond and Westmoreland Street. Trolley service will be rerouted from Girard along Frankford Avenue to Delaware Avenue, where a turnaround will be built across the street from the new Sugar House casino.
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