Thursday, April 25, 2013
As part of its movement away from tokens, the transportation company is considering capping the number of times weekly and monthly passes can be used.
SEPTA’s forthcoming New Payment Technology plans (NPT), which would move the area’s public transportation off of token-based payment and on to a smartcard system like those currently in place in New York City and Chicago, could also cap the number of rides a cardholder can take in a given month. According to a report from PlanPhilly, weekly and monthly TransPasses could be capped after 50 and 200 rides, respectively. The decision to cap the number of rides allowed per card comes as a means to limit TransPass sharing. From PlanPhilly: “There [are] probably some offices that have an office SEPTA card that they use for individuals on the staff,” he said as an example of TransPass abuse. The proposed pass limits are “quite high so that the …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Several changes are set to take effect July 1 of this year and July 1, 2014.
SEPTA is planning several large-scale changes to its transit operations, including a fare increase and the implementation of a smart-card payment system, that would take effect July 1. The agency describes its plans on the SEPTA website. Some of the most noticeable effects would be as follows: The Philadelphia Inquirer reported SEPTA will conduct an internal 30-day test of the new fare system this summer, followed by another 30-day test in the fall that includes selected riders. Five public hearing dates on SEPTA's planned changes are scheduled for mid-April: Whether or not you plan to attend one (or more), please tell us in the comments section below what you think of the changes.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
A gas leak in the city caused delays on Bucks County transit lines.
A natural gas leak at the Fern Rock Transportation Center in Philadelphia caused delays on the SEPTA Regional Rail lines which serve Lower Bucks County Wednesday. SEPTA said service on the West Trenton train line was suspended for a time due to the gas leak at the tranportation hub. Service was restored by noon, SEPTA officials said. They cautioned that delays could persist on the line throughout the afternoon. According to NBC 10, the gas leak was caused by a ruptured high-pressure line which forced the evacuation 174 people around the Fern Rock Transportation Center. Residents were allowed back into their homes once the leak had been contained roughly 2 hours later, 6abc.com reported. The West Trenton Line makes stops in Bensalem, …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
15-year-old Chris Mongillo, of Middletown, was struck and killed by a northbound SEPTA commuter train at about 1 p.m. Friday on the tracks between Neshaminy Falls and Langhorne-Yardley stations. He attended Neshaminy High School.
Friday, January 11, 2013
According to the Courier Times, Middletown Township Police are investigating a person being hit by a Septa commuter train Friday, Jan. 11. Patch is waiting for Middletown Police to confirm this incident and provide details.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
A 16-year-old Langhorne resident's death on the train track in Middletown was ruled accidental, officials said Wednesday.
The Bucks County Coroner's Office said Wednesday the death of a teenage boy struck by a SEPTA passenger rails train in Middletown on New Year's Day was an accident. Trevor Newman, 16, was walking north on the tracks when a commuter train headed from Center City to Trenton approached from behind. The conductor saw the teen and blew the horn and tried to stop, coroner Dr. Joseph Campbell said. Investigators determined the teen turned around and saw the train just moments before being hit, the coroner said. Multiple sources tell Patch the teen suffered from hearing impairment issues. Newman was a student at Neshaminy High School, officials said. Campbell said the teen's death is being ruled an accident. The investigation remains open, however…
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
A pedestrian was struck and killed by a SEPTA train on New Year's Day.
A pedestrian, possibly a teenage boy, was struck and killed just south of the Langhorne Train Station in Middletown on Tuesday afternoon, officials said. The victim was struck by a train headed from Center City to Trenton just before 2:30 p.m., SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said. Middletown police along with SEPTA transit officers are investigating the death, officials told Patch. Much of the afternoon's police activity was focused on the tracks in the area of Hulmeville Avenue. Due to limited holiday train runs, no service was suspended along the West Trenton Line, Busch said. The regional rails train was transporting about 60 people at the time of the incident, all passengers were unharmed. Busch noted the victim was the first death …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
SEPTA service from Levittown to Philadelphia was disrupted by a death on the tracks in Bristol Borough.
A Bristol Borough woman was killed after being struck by a train minutes after 8 a.m. on Wednesday. According to a borough patrolman, the victim is a 46-year-old resident of Bristol and was killed during an incident on the tracks near Headley Street at around 8:20 a.m. Garden Street resident Bill Wise said that he heard the train hitting its horn several times and sirens just after. He said an ambulance arrived but left after a few minutes. Police from the borough, SEPTA and Amtrak were on the scene for more than two hours and were forced to delay service on the tracks. The woman's body sat on the tracks near a spot that local residents say is a popular cut-through, but police at the scene did not comment on the accident. A van from the …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
SEPTA is almost back to full service Wednesday, but the company says to expect some delays, especially on the Doylestown Line.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
SEPTA announced via its Twitter feed and website that it is relaunching all of its regional rail services Wednesday morning. Riders should be aware of potential delays, however, as the company said it is still dealing with fallout from Hurricane Sandy. "[On most lines,] some delays may be encountered due to residual storm effects," the company said in a statement. SEPTA singled out the Chestnut Hill West and Doylestown lines as ones with potential for significant delays. "These lines experienced significant damage and may operate with substantial delays," the company said in a release. Partial SEPTA service resumed Tuesday after the company suspended its service early Monday morning.
PHL International Airport, rail and bus services gradually returning to normal schedules
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
As Sandy completed its transition from coastal hurricane to winter storm Tuesday night, the frozen Northeast mass transit infrastructure it left in its wake had begun to thaw out. Following one of the largest disruptions of the U.S. aviation system since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Delta Airlines and other carriers resumed flights in and out of Philadelphia International Airport on Tuesday afternoon. US Airways, the airport's biggest tenant, planned to resume its normal schedule on Wednesday morning, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The airport itself was said to have suffered only minimal damage during the storm. Still, more than 2,100 flights for Wednesday had been cancelled around in the country in addition to the …