Thursday, May 23, 2013
The victim, a 22-year-old Philadelphia woman, was uninjured, police say.
Two Philadelphia teenagers were arrested in Bala Cynwyd on Wednesday after threatening a woman with a BB gun and trying to rob her, according to Lower Merion police. An unidentified 16-year-old boy is being held at Montgomery County Prison and is to be charged as an adult, while another boy, 14, is being held at the Montgomery County Juvenile Detention Center. Police believe the pair confronted a 22-year-old Philadelphia woman just before 5 p.m., when she got off a SEPTA bus at Old Lancaster and Gramercy roads in Bala Cynwyd, said Tom Walsh, Lower Merion's public information officer. As of Thursday afternoon, no information was available as to whether anything was taken from the woman, but Walsh said she was not injured. The boys were …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The transportation company has proposed minor changes to its price increases.
While SEPTA is still moving forward with its strategy to increase fairs and utilize smart cards for passengers, the regional transportation company might not be increasing the cost of its rides quite as much as it once planned. According to a report in Philly.com, SEPTA is considering scaling back its raised wages, though not in a major way. A board committee will vote on the slight scale back on Thursday. Here is what’s being proposed: According to the report, the change is “designed to avoid a large price increase for airport workers.” Will changes to the rates make you more or less likely to ride SEPTA? Tell us in the comments area below.
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 …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Roughly 95 percent of Regional Rail trains hit the mark last month, according to SEPTA statistics.
Various improvements to SEPTA's Regional Rail system have helped trains arrive on time more often in recent weeks, agency representatives say. An article Tuesday from PlanPhilly cited a period of 99 percent efficiency at one point in March, as reported by SEPTA deputy general manager Jeff Knueppel. SEPTA director of media relations Jerri Williams told Patch that the agency hit that mark on two days in late February, which were included in the "fiscal month" of March that comprises five full weeks from Feb. 24 through March 30. The average on-time performance during that period was 95 percent, Williams said. SEPTA counts a Regional Rail train as on time if it makes its entire trip, end to end, six minutes or less behind schedule. The 95 …
Saturday, April 6, 2013
The accident happened on City Avenue near Belmont.
There were no fatalities but five injuries when a SEPTA bus traveling on City Avenue struck an SUV in the area of Belmont Avenue at 10:06 p.m. Friday night, CBS 3 is reporting. The area was closed following the accident. Three of the victims were transported to Temple University Hospital while two were taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. See the full story, including video of the accident scene, here.
Tuesday, March 19, 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.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Several city and state groups are trying to help travelers enjoy the show.
The Philadelphia Flower Show kicks off Saturday, March 2 and will run until March 10 at the Philadelphia Convention Center. If you are planning to head down to the show, here's what you need to know: If you are driving, the Philadelphia Parking Authority wants to help you out. While there are any number of public pay lots near the Convention Center, the PPA parking lot closest to the event, which will feature the lowest rates in the area according to its website, is located at 44 N 10th Street. Parking there will put you about three blocks from the convention center. The lot's rates are listed below, but you can check out more from the PPA here. Those looking for free parking are advised to check north of Callowhill Street and South of …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
You can now find out if your SEPTA train is on time with a phone call, text or website.
Two new sites will help commuters determine if their SEPTA train is one time or not. Baldwin is a website optimized for a smartphone. It’s not an app that you download. Bookmark on your phone so you don’t forget it when you need it. All you need to do is put in the station where you want to get on and where you want to get off and it will tell you the next trains going between those stations, their departure and arrival time and whether they are on time. The website URL is baldwin.ph. Note: if you’re going to or from Wayne in Radnor Township, choose Wayne Station, not Wayne Jct. SEPTAlking provides regional rail status updates with a phone call or text message at 215-987-5418. Both sites are part of SEPTA’s outreach campaign and will be …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
SEPTA said riders could experience delays.
SEPTA looks like it's almost back to full service. The transportation company announced via its Twitter feed 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 …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Hurricane Sandy could cause another day of cancelled service.
Update (7:05 p.m., Monday) SEPTA announced its full plan for Tuesday in a release on its website. The statement is below. Early Tuesday morning after the storm has passed through our area, SEPTA crews will inspect and assess the conditions of facilities, equipment and infrastructure in order to ascertain when service can be restored for all modes. This system-wide assessment process will take approximately 6 to 8 hours. The final decision to operate will be coordinated with the City's Office of Emergency Management and based on the safety of the public and our employees. At this time, service on Tuesday cannot be guaranteed, although attempts will be made to restore some service by the afternoon. It is anticipated that full service will …