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March 26, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Buying new vehicles, maintaining old ones, and paying for ones now being built will take up much of the $311.5 million that SEPTA plans to spend in the next fiscal year on capital projects. SEPTA presented its capital budget Friday for the spending year that begins July 1. The blueprint for spending on such things as buses, railcars, stations, and signal systems is about $8 million, or 2.6 percent, higher than the current capital budget of $303.7 million. The funding is about 25 percent lower than two years ago because state transit funding was cut last year when federal transportation officials rejected the state's bid to put tolls on Interstate 80. That has pushed many of SEPTA's big-ticket plans to the back burner, with 20 projects deferred.
NEWS
March 4, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The power failure that is still disrupting service on the SEPTA's Manayunk/Norristown Line this morning is symptomatic of wider issues with the commuter railroad's antiquated electrical power system, agency officials say. SEPTA is lobbying state lawmakers for more money to rebuild its aging infrastructure, including power lines and electrical substations. A moving train snagged and pulled down about half a mile of overhead catenary wire on the Manayunk/Norristown line about 7:30 a.m. Thursday, a spokesman said.
NEWS
March 3, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
SEPTA Regional Rail service was disrupted on the Manayunk/Norristown line Thursday by a downed power line, forcing one-track operations and extensive delays for most of the day. SEPTA officials said they hoped to resume normal service in time for Friday's morning rush hour. The power failure was symptomatic of wider issues with SEPTA's antiquated electrical power system, SEPTA officials said. The agency is lobbying state lawmakers for more money to rebuild its aging infrastructure, including power lines and electrical substations.
NEWS
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.
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