Bad weekend for SEPTA bus drivers

Two seperate incidents happened over the weekend that injured SEPTA bus drivers.

On late Saturday night, 3 teenagers dragged a bus driver off the 52 bus and assaulted him, leaving him with a possible broken nose and stitches.  All three teens were picked up by police only a few blocks from the incdient. 

And early Sunday morning, a 42 bus was hit by an SUV that went through a red light causing the bus to crash into multiple cars and a tree on Spruce St.  The bus driver and a handful of passengers were injured in the accident.  SEPTA left a note on all of the cars that were damaged to contact them regarding the accident.  

Come on folks, as noted in the Inquirer this morning, Sunday was the 3rd Annual International Bus Driver Appreciation Day!

Bus Shelter Down!

March 10, 2012

September 26, 2011

Newsworks provides a report on the damages to the bus shelter at Henry Avenue and Walnut Lane due to repeatedly being hit by vehicles in recent months. 

Thankfully, insurance claims were made for these incidents and the bus shelter was replaced after the first accident and is expected to be replaced after the March 10th crash. 

The question remains, how long until the traffic patterns on this road are addressed so that people waiting in a bus shelter aren’t potentially in danger or getting run down by out-of-control vehicles!

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Wires knocked down onto 66 bus but bus riders too impatient to wait for safety

So, according to the Inquirer, the 66 trackless trolley was coming up Frankford Avenue on Monday afternoon and a truck, crossing at Harbison Ave, knocked down four-blocks worth of overhead wires.

But despite the driver’s cautions (“”Don’t move! Don’t move! Don’t touch nothing metal!”), the passengers just wanted to get out.

About a half-dozen passengers stayed on the trolley for about five minutes, He said. When the passengers complained about being trapped on the trolley, the driver let them out, but advised then “to jump off” so as not to touch anything, Hansley said.

Oh, Philly passengers, we love you.

SEPTA spends money to save lives, but we’ll still have to use the dirty City Hall station

In September 2008, a Metrolink commuter train blew through a stop signal because the engineer was allegedly sending a text message.  The train hit head-on with a Union Pacific freight train, killed 25 people.

In part because of that accident, the federal government passed a law the next month requiring transit agencies to install Positive Train Control systems to automatically detect dangerous situations like this and prevent these types of accidents.

Last week, SEPTA awarded a $98.7 million contract to install such a system.  The good news?  It will prevent these types of accidents it the future.  The bad news?  SEPTA could have used that $100 million to rebuild the City Hall station (or other improvements) which, for now, will continue to be placed on hold.

The financially strapped transit agency will spend much of its capital budget over the next three years to pay for the train-control system, said Luther Diggs, assistant general manager of operations.

“We won’t have one bridge, or substation, or station until we get this paid for,” Diggs said. “It just means we won’t do a lot of other things.”

As PlanPhilly’s Anthony Campisi writes, local unions are angry at giving such an important contract to a company that plans to use non-union labor.

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Man dies while riding 100. Two years later, lawsuit filed by estate tossed by court

Two years ago, on January 29, 2010, Broomall resident Peter Yeremian got on the 100 (aka Norristown High Speed Line) at about 8pm.  He was pretty drunk.  He rode the 100 all the way up to Norristown and back to 69th Street.  When the 100 pulled into 69th Street Station, he was discovered dead.

Yeremian’s father, also named Peter Yeremian, sued SEPTA for negligence.  Last week, a federal court denied his complaint.

“While the Court sympathizes with Plaintiff’s untimely loss of his son, the law is clear that such actions do not rise to the level of a constitutional violation,” [U.S. District Judge Ronald L.] Buckwalter wrote.

Buckwalter also dismissed the complaint’s state-created danger claim, noting that when the train operator first discovered the plaintiff’s son unresponsive, he immediately contacted SEPTA dispatchers to let them know of the situation and inquire what to do next.

“Decedent was therefore in no way restrained by SEPTA’s actions here,” the judge determined. “The allegations of the Complaint and the reasonable inferences therefrom do not suggest that SEPTA created a danger to the decedent or that it rendered him more vulnerable to any danger than had it not acted at all.”

Buckwalter further wrote that nothing occurred on the train that exacerbated Yeremian’s “already-in-progress condition.”

“Thus, while SEPTA may have been alerted of a potential danger when the Decedent did not respond to the employee’s attempts to arouse him, these actions did not create a danger because the danger already existed prior to this point,” the ruling states. “Moreover, SEPTA’s actions did not render the Decedent more vulnerable to any danger than had it not acted at all.

“The same unfortunate results would still likely have occurred here even if the train operator had not radioed to the Terminal and continued to operate the train,” the ruling continues. “This is because it cannot affirmatively be stated that the Decedent would have lived under these circumstances but for SEPTA’s failure to immediately stop the train and render medical assistance.”

Wasn’t it just a few months ago that the 100 hit a car left on the tracks by a drunk driver?

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