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January 31, 2011
PHILADELPHIA TRANSIT riders can finally join their counterparts in other major cities and turn their tokens and paper tickets in for more modern electronic cards. Last week, SEPTA announced it would borrow $175 million to modernize the agency's fare-collection system. The move comes on the heels of an announcement that the agency will borrow $252 million to buy 120 new train cars and renovate the Wayne Junction interchange. Together, the funding for these three projects represents the largest amount of debt undertaken in SEPTA history.
NEWS
January 28, 2011 | By DAN GERINGER, geringd@phillynews.com 215-854-5961
After years of yearning for a smart-card fare system to replace its Old Millennium tokens-and-transfers antique, the SEPTA board yesterday authorized a $175 million loan that will bring the transit agency into the 21st century - by 2016. SEPTA General Manager Joe Casey said he will announce the winning smart-card vendor among three competing bidders by early summer, and have the high-tech fare system running within three years - although, he cautioned, it usually takes five. SEPTA went after the $175 million loan, which will come from the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp.
NEWS
January 28, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA will borrow $175 million to pay for its long-awaited, long-delayed electronic fare system, and SEPTA officials said Thursday they expect to hire a contractor to install the system by May or June. But it's likely to be at least two or three years before riders can exchange their current tokens, tickets, and passes for "smart cards" they can wave at an electronic turnstile. SEPTA's board approved borrowing the $175 million Thursday. The board also approved borrowing up to $252 million to pay for 120 new railcars and to overhaul the 110-year-old Wayne Junction rail station in Germantown.
NEWS
January 21, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Facing hefty bills for 120 new railcars and a planned makeover of the dilapidated Wayne Junction station in Germantown, SEPTA is planning to borrow $250 million. The trip to Wall Street's bond markets would be SEPTA's first borrowing for new projects in 12 years. The new money would provide $208 million for new Silverliner V railcars, spare parts, and training, and $23 million for the reconstruction of the Wayne Junction facility, SEPTA finance officers said Thursday. If the SEPTA board approves the borrowing at its meeting next Thursday, the agency hopes to have the money within four months, assistant treasurer Tom McFadden said.
NEWS
May 26, 2010 | By MICHELLE SKOWRONEK, skowrom@phillynews.com 215-854-5926
Overnight security at SEPTA rail yards - which might have prevented an 11-year-old boy from being electrocuted Saturday - ended about 10 years ago. Wayne Junction in Germantown, where Jewels Angelo was killed when he touched an electrified mechanism atop a SEPTA train car, used to be guarded 24 hours a day, said David Waters, a former SEPTA security officer who patrolled that area in the 1990s. Patrols could have saved Angelo's life, Waters said. "If [the rail yard] had security, they would have seen the kids running down the yard," he said.
NEWS
May 24, 2010
An 11-year-old boy was found dead on the SEPTA tracks at the Wayne Junction car yard Sunday morning. SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams said the boy's body was found about 8:30 a.m. by a SEPTA employee. The yard is usually used to store Regional Rail cars that are not in use, she said. "It appears that he was electrocuted," Williams said. "When that happened and how that occurred are still being investigated now. " SEPTA investigators and Philadelphia police are investigating, Williams said.
NEWS
February 17, 2010 | By Michael Matza INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's the longest city bus route in America, SEPTA boasts, and for the last week, it has been even longer. Snow-related detours remained in effect yesterday on SEPTA's Route 23, elongating the rambling 14-mile run from the top of Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill to Oregon Avenue in South Philadelphia with three short jogs. Although detours came and went throughout the day as front-end loaders bit into snowbanks to open impassable streets, there were still about 130 detours on 58 bus lines across the city and inner suburbs yesterday.
NEWS
May 9, 2007 | By Matthew Mitchell
The news that on-time performance for SEPTA's commuter trains has finally climbed above 90 percent is a prime example of the "glass half-empty/glass half-full" dilemma. The 2006 figure represents real progress for a system that just a few years ago had the worst on-time performance in the country. But SEPTA still lags its peers in this and other aspects of service quality that matter most to passengers. The industry standard for on-time performance is the percentage of trains reaching their destinations within five minutes of the scheduled time.
NEWS
July 25, 2006 | By Larry King INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
While it will be months before federal investigators' final report on the cause of the July 1 head-on collision of two Regional Rail trains, SEPTA officials already know what one safety demand will be. "I can tell you unequivocally that they will recommend a train-control system - cab signals," said Patrick Nowakowski, director of SEPTA operations. Cab signals are safety devices that, through a combination of on-train signals and automatic braking, trim the chances of collisions and minimize the harm when accidents do occur.
NEWS
November 4, 2005 | By Julie Stoiber INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A glorious morning. An errand in town. SEPTA's C bus sidelined by the strike. Time for South Philadelphia retiree Bonnie Walker to christen the Schwinn she bought this summer. Dressed head to toe in yellow, with a messenger bag over her shoulder, she finished fussing at the Water Department over her bill yesterday and headed home, weaving among walkers on a wide swath of sidewalk south of City Hall. "That little ride up and back, I just feel so good," said Walker, 55. "It's working for me. " For lots of others, too. With the walkout testing the resourcefulness of stranded transit riders, many are relying on two wheels and their own steam.
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