SEPTA News in Brief

SEPTA news in brief (Dec. 30)

…special SEPTA New Year’s Eve service… NHSL to resume regular N-5 service Tuesday… free Broad Street Subway service to NHL in South Philly… SEPTA’s Yule Toy drive recap… requiem for Ardmore trolleys… Ottawa may get vintage streetcar… Atlanta’s streetcar project honored… China opens new Metro line…
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SEPTA has announced extra late night Regional Rail train service for New Year’s Eve so holiday revelers can get home after attending public or private celebrations, the Bucks County Courier Times reported Friday. For those wishing to view the ball drop at New York’s Times Square, SEPTA will have Silverliner trains in the early morning hours Jan. 1 that connect with NJ Transit Trains at Trenton. The article posted to “philly burbs dot com” also lists the other SEPTA lines with additional trains:
http://tinyurl.com/7aurw2c
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Looking back: June 2011 marked a special occasion for a SEPTA train station in Delaware County. Delco News Network in an annual review of events in the county west of Philadelphia noted this:
“A ribbon-cutting was held at the SEPTA Morton Train Station, marking the completion of a two-year restoration project on this historic landmark. The restoration was seen as a new beginning for the town and for the downtown business area.”
http://tinyurl.com/7bzwgu6
Here’s a view of Morton Station:
http://justwestofphiladelphia.files.wordpress.com/\
2010/05/morton-station.jpg
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Norristown High Speed Line: return to full service. The former Philadelphia & Western third rail “light metro” line linking 69th Street Terminal, Upper Darby, and Norristown will return to its regular schedule Tuesday, Jan. 3. Service had been reduced during right of way repairs stemming from washouts resulting from August and September rainstorms:
“Following embankment repairs to Roberts Road, full service will be restored to Norristown High Speed Line trains.
“However, due to track maintenance, Norristown High Speed Line trains will run on a special mid-day schedule on weekdays (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) until Friday February 17, 2012”
For all the details, see:
http://www.septa.org/alert/nhsl.html
This photo shows one area of right of way repairs:
http://mainlinemedianews.com/content/articles/2011/\
10/17/main_line_suburban_life/news/doc4e972e27df40b2263777751.jpg
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Broad Street Subway Sports Express: There will be free rides Monday, Jan. 2, to the South Philadelphia sports-entertainment complex next to AT&T station (at Pattison Avenue) for the NHL Winter Classic. SEPTA will add eight extra trains to the Broad Street Line to accommodate fans, as this SEPTA page notes:
http://www.septa.org/media/releases/2011/12-27.html
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Ardmore requiem: Effective Dec. 30, 1966 buses began serving the Philadelphia Suburban Transportation Co. (“Red Arrow Lines”) Ardmore Division:
http://www.davesrailpix.com/pw/htm/pw104.htm
The last runs Dec. 29 could not reach Ardmore terminal because of snowfall. Here’s a view toward the end of rail service:
http://www.davesrailpix.com/pw/htm/pw106.htm
SEPTA acquired Red Arrow assets in January 1970. By that time, PSTC had three rail lines left: Norristown, Media and Sharon Hill.
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SEPTA’s Yule Toy drive: Employees of the transit agency outdid themselves, collecting more toys during the 2011 holiday season for needy children than they did the previous year, thus setting a new record. SEPTA has a feature story on its website that is illustrated with photos:
http://www.septa.org/media/short/2011/12-28.html
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OT: And a look at rail transit news from elsewhere in North America and worlwide:

Ottawa, Canada – Volunteers are restoring a vintage trolley and hope to operate it over the planned light rail line at Canada’s capital city or on the GO Transit commuter rail route. Ottawa ended streetcar service in 1959:
http://tinyurl.com/6wq74uf
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Atlanta, Ga. – The “Curbed” site has chosen Atlanta’s urban circulator streetcar line which will begin construction in 2012 as the city’s best new transit initiative:
http://tinyurl.com/6qrvcxz
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Honolulu, Hawaii – The city has received federal approval to begin engineering for its 20-mile light metro line. It will be steel on steel on elevated right of way:
http://tinyurl.com/83gha2w
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San Francisco – A MUNI light rail vehicle on the T-Third Street route hit a police car Friday morning:
http://tinyurl.com/7hlxo5e
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Calgary, Alberta – A pedestrian was struck and critically injured by a Calgary Transit light rail train:
http://tinyurl.com/7gx58g4
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East Rutherford, N.J. – A columnist is wondering what ever happened to the “missing mile” to link NJ Transit’s Hudson Bergen Light Rail to a sports complex:
http://tinyurl.com/84yzly3
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Annapolis, Md. – Maryland’s governor says funding will be included in the state budget for engineering work on the Purple Line light rail route outside the nation’s capital:
http://tinyurl.com/7vzjadm
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Chongqing, China — The city formerly known as Chungking in southwest China has opened its third Metro rapid transit line over its full 24-mile route. Service began Friday:
http://tinyurl.com/7pw3zjg
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Washington, D.C. – Virginia Railway Express which provides commuter rail service to the nation’s capital is planning a fare hike:
http://tinyurl.com/6voyv7k