Here is a City Paper article that puts SEPTA’s dirty laundry out to dry.
The main gist is:
Ridership is up, but Philly’s transit system is crumbling in more ways than you can see.
How bad do you think it will get? Or will there be a political change that resolves the situation?
Someone loves SEPTA and isn’t afraid to let the world know!
SEPTA is providing extra train service to the 28th Annual TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship, which will be held on this Sunday, June 3rd.
And more info on the bike race here and here.
Between yesterday and this morning, SEPTA vehicles have been in some thick situations, including a Route 23 bus that was rear-ended by a vehicle that injured 5 people, a man hit and seriously injured by a 15 trolley, and a man hit while waiting for the train by a Lansdale-Doylestown regional rail train.
Please be careful out there!
Sean Fisher learned a lesson on May 14th when he took the train home after having too much to drink and not paying for his trip. Apparently he caused a scene and Lower Moreland Police took him into custody.
For those who may be curious about the small new building along the SEPTA train tracks between the Link Belt and Chalfont stops, the answer is in.
The free-standing building is a restroom for conductors, said Kristin Geiger, a press officer with the transportation agency. She said the prefabricated unit, similar to what might be seen in a state park or at a highway rest stop, was installed after SEPTA added new railroad siding — a short stretch of track used to enable trains on the same line to pass — along Walnut Street in Chalfont.
Look, I’m all for bathrooms for regional rail conductors–even $22,000 ones–but why can’t SEPTA re-open the ones that we have in the City Hall station?
A local man, Thomas Borden, who was a suspect for a murder in NYC, was in hot pursuit by police near the Jenkintown train station when he jumped in front of a West Trenton Regional Rail Line train at approximately 11 am.
Update: here is video footage of the police investigation. Scroll to the bottom of that link for an interview with his ex-girlfriend.
There was too much SEPTA news this week to fit into a couple of blog postings. So it’s Friday, so let’s leave you with these:
A woman was killed near the Thorndale Station at 5:15 am this morning.
Service was cancelled between Paoli and Thorndale for approximately 2 hours.
Here is the update.
A West Trenton line Regional Rail train struck a man on the tracks near Philmont Station on Saturday morning in an apparent suicide.