Not again!

From westphillylocal.com:

A car traveling eastbound entered the trolley tunnel at 40th and Baltimore on Thursday morning at 11:30 a.m. and caused a temporary disruption of service when routes 10, 11, 13, 34 and 36 were put on diversion, according to SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch. …

The crazy thing is that this happens kind of frequently.

“It’s not that uncommon,” said police spokesperson Tanya Little.

Seems like this just happened three months ago.

Closed SEPTA things I’d like to see open

My post earlier this week about the abandoned trolley terminals in the anchorages of the Ben Franklin Bridge got me to thinking how much I’d love to check them out.  And that, of course, got me to thinking about two SEPTA things that are closed that I’d like to see open.

First, the tunnel from the El station into 30th Street Station.  I sure would be great to be able to scoot through the tunnel and into 30th Street Station again without going above ground.

Second, the abandoned newsstand at City Hall Station.  I know the big redevelopment of City Hall Station is on ice until Capitol improvement money can be found.  But it would be great to pick up a Daily News or a snack from this old newsstand while I’m waiting for the El.  As I recall, this newsstand is only being used for storage now.

Inquirer steps up its coverage of SEPTA, runs two great stories in the past week

Two really great SEPTA stories in the Inquirer over the past few days.  Did you catch them?

On Friday, Kia Gregory reported on a training program run by SEPTA to teach bus drivers–350 so far–about conflict avoidance and de-escalation techniques.

There were about 90 assaults on them while on duty in 2011, 81 of them physical. That was up from 20 in 2010, partly due to more aggressive reporting.

It’s tough out there.

Then on Sunday, Miriam Hill reported on the old Philadelphia & Reading railroad tunnel, now owned and maintained by SEPTA that runs from Girard Avenue down south under the  Art Museum and out near the Whole Fields behind the soon-to-open Barnes Museum.

It’s good to see the Inquirer finding good interesting SEPTA stories to write about.  I’ve previously complained about the typical boring SEPTA story that runs in the Inquirer.  Here’s hoping that this is the beginning of a trend.

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