March 28, 2015 |
SEPTA plans to spend $535 million next year to buy new vehicles, replace and repair rail bridges, upgrade train stations, and begin overhauling its Center City subway concourse. The proposed capital budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 is $37 million, or 6.4 percent less than the current capital budget, which contained a one-time infusion of $85 million in federal funding. Among the projected spending is about $160 million earmarked to replace and overhaul vehicles. That will include 13 new locomotives, the first of 525 hybrid buses that will be purchased over five years, and the start of procuring about 45 bi-level railcars to increase capacity on the Regional Rail lines.
March 14, 2015 |
The Moorestown Police Department on Thursday backed off its plan to acquire a mine-resistant vehicle from the federal government, citing concerns expressed by residents. It was "more than we really needed," Lt. Lee Lieber said, "as far as its capabilities. " The Inquirer reported Tuesday that the department was interested in obtaining the Navistar MaxxPro Dash through the federal 1033 program, which lends surplus military equipment to police agencies at little cost. The program came into the spotlight last year when police in Ferguson, Mo., responded to violent protests with armored trucks and militarylike weapons after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by a police officer.
March 13, 2015 |
Drivers for Lyft, the electronic ride-hailing service, will be permitted to use older vehicles by late May, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission ruled Wednesday. Lyft, which has been seeking to increase its number of drivers in Pennsylvania, will be able to use vehicles that are up to 10 years old, with fewer than 350,000 miles. But it must wait until new PUC regulations are approved by state authorities and published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, which could be as late as May 26. The new vehicle rules will replace the current standard, which requires that taxis and other for-hire vehicles be no older than eight years.
October 2, 2014 |
A quiet neighborhood in Edgewater Park was awakened early Tuesday by the unfamiliar sounds of gunshots. Soon, the tree-lined suburban street, which residents say typically sees no police action, had turned into a crime scene. The shots were fired around 3 a.m. by an off-duty Delanco police officer, Basil Warren, at a man he found inside his personal vehicle, which was parked on the 200 block of Stevenson Avenue, authorities said. In a statement, Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi and Edgewater Park Police Chief Gene J. DiFilippo said the shooting was being investigated.
September 7, 2014 |
It is a medical fact that many of you suffer from the trauma triggered by window sticker shock and awe. But now that the 2015 models are upon us, we can offer a therapy for automotive affordability anxiety: the 29th Annual Inquirer Cheap Car Survey. So, with a brake drum roll and a flourish of vehicular horns, let us get on with the business of diminishing the cost anxiety, thus dulling the exquisite pain of showroom shingles. This year's six-pack of low-rent rides is priced under $15,000.
August 15, 2014 |
COUNTLESS PEOPLE have hoisted signs and chanted slogans at the top of their lungs on the streets of Philadelphia in recent years. Their causes have varied - covering everything from income inequality to environmental concerns to overseas conflicts - but protesters in this city have all shared one thing in common: They didn't have to gag on billowing plumes of tear gas, or dodge rubber bullets that were fired by cops clad in military gear. Much of the world has watched in horror as protesters and reporters in the small town of Ferguson, Mo., have been met with those nightmarish conditions in the wake of a recent police-involved shooting that claimed the life of an unarmed, college-bound teen named Michael Brown.
June 29, 2014 |
Southeastern Pennsylvania's recreational trail network - already the envy of many other metro areas - is getting a $7.5 million infusion through a federal program aimed at providing alternatives to vehicle-based transportation. The money will fund 11 projects in all five counties, closing a gap in a Central Bucks trail, building a multiuse trail in Lansdale, putting sidewalks in Swarthmore, and adding $1.25 million to the city's bike share program, launching next spring. Completion may be several years off, but ultimately, "what this will do is help get people out of their cars and onto sidewalks and multiuse trails," said Joseph Banks, a project implementation coordinator at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.
June 20, 2014 |
On a 90-degree Wednesday morning, the Philadelphia Gas Works unveiled some hot cars spouting dramatic blue flames that may turn some heads. The city-owned utility unveiled 24 new Honda Civic sedans that use compressed natural gas (CNG) as fuel. Seven of the cars are wrapped in vinyl advertisements featuring PGW's logo, and blue natural gas flames pouring from the grill across the hood and around the fenders. Craig White, PGW's chief executive, said he balked before approving the incendiary look of a NASCAR entry gone astray.
June 17, 2014 |
Carl Ortell gets the problem. He runs a big company: $1.6 billion in revenues, 2,800 employees, global, growing, never had a layoff. But his company, Automotive Resources International in Mount Laurel, isn't well-known and its business, fleet management, isn't well-understood. "The only threat to the vision we have to grow the business, to expand our business globally, is whether we could attract the talent that we needed as a family-owned business in an industry that's under the radar," said Ortell, 51, the company's president.