3 accidents in less than 24 hours

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!

61-year-old killed by SEPTA bus for alleging trying to board through rear door

Philly.com is reporting

A 61-year-old man was killed today when he apparently tried to board a SEPTA bus through the rear door and was dragged under the vehicle in North Philadelphia, police said.

The victim, not identified, was pronounced dead on arrival at Hahnemann University Hospital.

Police said initial reports indicated he tried to board the eastbound Route 15 bus on Girard Avenue at North 8th Street about 9:25 a.m., but the door closed and his arm got caught.

The bus then took off and he was dragged under the vehicle and run over, police said.

An investigation is under way.

SEPTA said a bus was operating in stead of the Route 15 trolley because of work in the area.

What are SEPTA’s busiest bus, trolley, & rail lines?


Ever wondered what the busiest SEPTA routes were?

Now, courtesy of The Philadelphia Business Journal, you can wonder no more.

  1. The El
  2. Broad Street Line
  3. 23
  4. R5 (Paoli/Thorndale RR)
  5. 18
  6. 47
  7. 34 trolley
  8. 13
  9. 52
  10. 11 trolley
  11. Lansdale/Doylestown RR
  12. 36 trolley
  13. 10 trolley
  14. 4/16 (nee C)
  15. 33
  16. G
  17. 17
  18. 60
  19. West Trenton RR
  20. 14
  21. 26
  22. 42
  23. 56
  24. 15 trolley
  25. 57

I’m surprised the 21 isn’t on this list.  And where’s the 100 (aka Norristown High Speed Line)?

Any other surprises you see?

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Central PA rebuilds our trolley cars

Governing magazine this month profiles Brookville Equipment Corporation, a company based in northcentral Pennsylvania that specializes in refurbishing old trolley cars.  They’re the ones that got the $40 million contract to fix up SEPTA’s 18 PCC trolley cars that now run on the 15 line.  Or, at least, will start running again after the track work is finished next month.

Not all of those cities want new trams fresh off the assembly line. A small but growing number are using old-fashioned streetcars as part of their fleet. Retrofitting period streetcars may seem like a frivolous idea, especially with local government budgets so tight. But many city planners disagree. In Philadelphia, where a discontinued streetcar line on Girard Avenue is being brought back to life, officials decided to use restored streetcars “at the request of certain advocacy groups,” according to Byron Comati, director of strategic planning and analysis for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority.

You’ve gotta love the “at the request of certain advocacy groups” line.  Now who could that be?

Anyway, next time you’re driving along Route 80, get off at Exit 81.  Maybe they’ll give you a tour.

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When will we get our trolley back on Girard Ave?

Wondering why the 15 trolley has been replaced by bus service these past few months?

It’s all part of the Girard Avenue Interchange project which involves ripping up the tracks between 2nd Street and Front Street.  Eventually, they’ll be replaced with a nicer streetscape.

This will be nicer for the folks in Fishtown and–not coincidentally?–improve access to the Sugarhouse casino.

As for the 15?  SEPTA says the trolley will be back by April 1.

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