Reminder: The Broad Street Line Is Free on Sunday

What’s better than just going to the Eagles home opener? Getting to the stadium for free, of course!

For the fifth year in a row, SEPTA, Miller Lite and Muller Inc. have partnered to offer service along the Broad Street Line at no charge to commemorate Sunday’s first game of the season at the Linc. Knowing the history of Birds fans and their notorious thirst for booze, the promotion was initially launched with the safety of traveling fans in mind. Read more »

Big Plans Announced to Jumpstart Wayne Junction

The buildings being renovated by Philly Office Retail via the Wayne Junction Revitalization Project, plus other privately owned buildings in the vicinity Philly Office Retail President Ken Weinstein is trying to prod their owners into rehabilitating. | Photos: Sandy Smith

At least this diner won’t be called the Trolley Car.

But the Trolley Car’s owner plans to open another one as one of the first pieces of a multi-part jigsaw puzzle which, when completed, aims to turn the derelict industrial properties around Wayne Junction station into a mixed-use activity hub at the hinge where Germantown and Nicetown meet.

In a press conference this morning (Tuesday, Sept. 19th), Philly Office Retail President Ken Weinstein outlined his $12 million-plus strategy to get Wayne Junction moving forward with a $7.4 million assist from Mosaic Development Partners. The project aims to rehabilitate and reuse seven buildings and lots on the blocks surrounding Wayne Junction station, with Mosaic converting an eighth into a mixed-use residential/office/retail complex. Read more »

Here Are the New SEPTA Regional Rail Schedules

Septa regional rail train

Photo by Jeff Fusco

SEPTA has (once again) adjusted its Regional Rail schedules.

Changes, which went into effect on Sunday, are part of a system-wide effort to improve schedule performance and reliability, as well as create more space between trains at Center City stations.  Read more »

Here’s How Pa. Republicans Could Royally Screw Up Your SEPTA Commute

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State Republicans introduced a budget proposal last week that SEPTA officials say would be detrimental for commuters.

The plan unveiled by Pa. House Republicans on Tuesday would cost SEPTA roughly $263 million from its $1.4 billion operating budget for fiscal year 2018, according to a report in Philly.com.

Here’s what that would that look like for commuters, per the news organization: SEPTA would be forced to cut its services by 40 percent and raise ticket prices by 20 percent by January, according to Rich Burnfield, the organization’s deputy general manager and treasurer. About 500 workers would likely lose their jobs, and routes could be cut or adjusted to include less holiday and weekend service, Burnfield said. (In other words, you could expect a lot more traffic on I-95 and I-76.)  Read more »

Brady: Shut Down the Norristown High Speed Line

Norristown High Speed Line train

Photo by Peetlesnumber1 via Wikimedia Commons; used under a Creative Commons License

Pa. Congressman Bob Brady wants SEPTA to shut down the Norristown High Speed Line while a federal investigation unfolds into the cause of a crash that injured more than 40 people this week.

The National Transportation Safety Board is probing the collision, which occurred early Tuesday morning when a train carrying 41 passengers and an operator struck an unoccupied parked train at the 69th Street Transportation Center.  Read more »

More Than 40 Injured in SEPTA Crash in Upper Darby

Norristown High-Speed Line train

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This is a developing story. Check back for more information.

More than 40 people were injured when a SEPTA train crashed early Tuesday morning at the 69th Street Transportation Center in Upper Darby.

SEPTA officials say an inbound Norristown High Speed Line train struck an unoccupied parked train around 12:15 a.m. at the station. Read more »

Portions of Girard and Ridge Avenues to Close for Construction

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Photo courtesy CodyJung via Creative Commons

SEPTA will close portions of Girard and Ridge avenues next week for construction.

The closures are part of a trolley track replacement project.

Here are the work schedules for each street, per the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation:

Girard Avenue
  • Starting at 7 a.m. on Thursday, July 27th, Girard Avenue will close between 17th Street and 20th Street. Eastbound drivers will be detoured over Poplar Street and Broad Street. Westbound drivers will be detoured over 13th Street, Master Street, Ridge Avenue and College Avenue.
Ridge Avenue
  • Starting at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 27th, Ridge Avenue will close between Thompson Street and Poplar Street. Northbound drivers will be detoured over 16th Street and Master Street. Southbound drivers will be detoured over Thompson Street and 17th Street.

Closures for both streets will last through Saturday, August 5th. Local access will be maintained outside the construction zone.

Slowdowns on neighboring streets are expected. SEPTA advises drivers to allow extra time when traveling near the work areas.

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SEPTA Is Changing Its Ticketing Policy at Five Regional Rail Stations

regional rail

Five SEPTA Regional Rail stations in the city will change their ticketing policy this Monday.

Between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, passengers boarding at Temple, Jefferson, Suburban Station, 30th Street Station and University City must have pre-paid fares (tickets or passes) inspected and punched by Fare Collection Personnel. Read more »

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