June 14, 2015 |
SEPTA on Friday celebrated an accomplishment that took 15 years, cost about $50 million, and is virtually invisible to its Regional Rail passengers. Crews installed a plaqueonthe overhead catenary wires by the Wallingford station marking the installation of 150 miles of new wiring to reduce train delays and improve performance. Catenary wires provide electric power to run Regional Rail trains over the system's 280 miles of track. Friday was a rare chance for SEPTA workers like lineman first class Bernie Shine, 49, of Collingswood, to bask in the limelight.
March 18, 2015 |
When Trevor Newman left home for a nearby Burger King on New Year's Day 2013, the teen took a shortcut across some SEPTA tracks. He never made it to the other side, becoming the fifth person killed on the same stretch of the West Trenton line in Langhorne, Bucks County. SEPTA denies responsibility, filing a motion last week to dismiss a civil suit filed by Newman's grandparents. The family claims that SEPTA and track-owner CSX failed to take lifesaving measures, such as erecting a fence, in an area notorious for illegal crossings.
April 10, 2014 |
IT WAS ABOUT 4 p.m. on Monday when Andre Washington Sr. saw his son for the last time. The two chatted in Washington's kitchen in Jenkintown as they waited for their dinner to cook. Then, the man told his pop that he was going to take a walk to his girlfriend's house. A few hours later, Washington opened his front door and came face to face with Abington Township Police officers. "I just hit the floor," Washington said. "It was like getting stabbed in the back. " They told him his son, who inherited his name, was dead, struck by a SEPTA Regional Rail train as he was walking on the tracks of the West Trenton Line near Noble Station, off Old York Road near Baeder, not far from that same kitchen.
April 9, 2014 |
A 21-YEAR-OLD man was struck and killed by a SEPTA Regional Rail train just south of the Noble Station in Jenkintown yesterday afternoon, officials said. The train, outbound from Center City on the West Trenton Line, struck the man on the tracks near Old York and Baeder roads about 4:30 p.m., said Kristin Geiger, a SEPTA spokeswoman. No evidence of foul play was found at the scene, officials said, but an investigation into the man's death is continuing. Service was suspended until about 6:30 p.m. Nearly 500 passengers were transferred to shuttle buses to continue their travels during the service suspension.
March 24, 2014 |
Government reports about the residential-construction industry suggest the new-home market is recovering quite well. Anthony E. Maras readily agrees and, as K. Hovnanian Homes' area president for Pennsylvania and South Jersey, he has the numbers to prove it. Since taking his post at K. Hovnanian in June after eight years with Heritage Building Group, first as general counsel, then as president of the home-building side, Maras says he's "been...
October 4, 2013 |
RAIL SERVICE was briefly suspended yesterday when a 37-year-old man was struck and killed by a train on the West Trenton line in Somerton. Witnesses told police that the man jumped in front of the southbound train as it approached the Forest Hills station, near Byberry Road and Philmont Avenue, about 11:20 a.m., said Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman. Medics declared him dead at the scene at 11:45 a.m. Saying the death was considered a suicide, police declined to give the victim's name.
September 6, 2013 |
Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Bucks), surrounded by SEPTA officials, announced Wednesday a $10 million federal grant to add a third track to a commuter-rail and freight corridor in southeastern Bucks County. The six-mile stretch of track, to be laid between the Yardley and Woodbourne stations along SEPTA's West Trenton Line, will decongest the route, officials said. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2015, said Jeffrey Knueppel, SEPTA's deputy general manager. The federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant, from the U.S. Department of Transportation, represents about a quarter of the project cost, which is expected to be around $38 million, officials said.
May 2, 2013 |
Trying to reduce a growing death toll on SEPTA rails, 500 transit employees and volunteers will swarm local rail stations and bus stops on Wednesday to warn people to stay off the tracks. Students at Nazareth Academy Grade School in Northeast Philadelphia got a preview of the message Tuesday from Scott Sauer, SEPTA director of system safety. "Any time is train time," Sauer said, noting that in a collision, a car is to a train as a soda can is to a car. He said more than 1,000 people are killed each year by trains nationwide.
January 13, 2013 |
TWO MEN were killed by SEPTA trains Friday, one on the Broad Street subway, the other on a regional-rail line, about four hours apart. At 9:26 a.m., authorities said, a 38-year-old man was walking along the Broad Street Line tracks at Allegheny Station when he was struck by a northbound train. He later died at Temple University Hospital. Shuttle buses ran in both directions between Allegheny and Girard until about 11 a.m. In Bucks County about 1 p.m., an outbound train on the West Trenton line struck and killed a man near the Neshaminy Falls train station.
January 3, 2013
The death of a Neshaminy High School junior who was struck by a Regional Rail train in Langhorne on New Year's Day was ruled an accident Wednesday. Trevor Newman, 16, of Fairview Avenue, Langhorne, tried to jump out of the way of a Trenton-bound train about 2:20 p.m., but was hit and suffered multiple injuries, authorities said. Newman was pronounced dead at the scene, south of the Langhorne station. It was an accident, Bucks County Coroner Joseph Campbell said pending a toxicology report that could take four to six weeks.