What If You Could Get from Philly to D.C. on Public Transit?

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There are a few ways to get from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.: You can shell out the dough for Amtrak (expensive!), sit in traffic on I-95 (exhausting!), take the bus (slow!) or fly (bank-breaking!). That could change in the coming years, making travel between the two cities much easier and cheaper.

MARC and DART, Maryland and Delaware’s respective public transportation agencies, are currently discussing the possibility of bridging a long-time gap between Newark — a DART bus hub and SEPTA’s southern terminus — and Perryville, Maryland, MARC’s northernmost commuter rail stop, 20 miles away. Right now, that stretch has no commuter transportation, save for Amtrak and regional bus lines.  Read more »

SEPTA Investigating Arrest and Handcuffing of Man Holding Baby

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UPDATE, 9:50 p.m., 6/26/15: SEPTA has released surveillance footage of the incident preceding the bystander video that shows one of its officers grabbing the man’s neck and throat.

ORIGINAL: SEPTA spokesperson Jerri Williams tells Philadelphia magazine that the agency is investigating an incident that was captured on video by a 16-year-old passenger during Thursday’s afternoon rush hour at the Huntingdon stop of the Market-Frankford El. Read more »

PATCO Restores Service

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After being totally knocked out by Tuesday’s severe thunderstorm, PATCO resumed service just after noon today.

“Trains will run every 20 minutes until midnight when the regular schedule/timetable resumes,” the agency said on its website. “NJTransit will continue to honor PATCO FREEDOM Cards and tickets until 8 p.m. tonight.” Read more »

Storm Effects Disrupt Morning Rush

Pictures by Victor Fiorillo.

Pictures by Victor Fiorillo.

Good morning. Your commute may be interfered with by service disruptions caused by last night’s severe storms. Here is what we know:

PATCO service remains suspended. “PATCO remains without power from Tuesday evening’s storm and PSE&G has advised electricity will not be restored until at least after mid-morning on Wednesday, 6/24. Crews are working hard to restore service as quickly and safely as possible.”

So are some SEPTA regional rail lines: Paoli/Thorndale is suspended between Thorndale and Malvern, though service remains between Malvern and Center City. Service remains suspended on the Fox Chase and Media/Elwyn lines. The Norristown High Speed Line has service to Radnor Station only. For updates on all routes, check SEPTA’s system status.

PECO is reporting widespread outages, still: At least 50,000 customers in both Chester and Delaware counties, as well as at least 1,000 customers each in Montgomery, Philadelphia, and York counties.

Similarly, PSE&G estimates more than 45,000 customers are without power in South Jersey. Read more »

SEPTA Service Is Revived With Delays

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Photo | Patrick Kerkstra

Update 9 p.m. SEPTA reports: “RRD: All regional rail service is operating with delays of up to 2 hours due to severe weather conditions and power problems.”

[Update 7:34 p.m.] The storm has also knocked out power throughout the region, and created a bunch of messes all over the place:

[Original] Tonight’s severe thunderstorm has made a mess of the evening commute.

To wit: Service across SEPTA’s regional rail network has been pretty much knocked out. The Airport, Chestnut Hill East, Chestnut Hill West, Cynwyd, Fox Chase, Glenside Combined, Lansdale/Doylestown, Media/Elwyn, Manayunk/Norristown, Trenton, Warminster, Wilmington/Newark,  and West Trenton are all suspended until further notice. (Emphasis ours.) You can use SEPTA’s website to find alternate service.

PATCO was also having problems: Read more »

SEPTA Trains Temporarily More Crowded As Safety Upgrade Installed

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Here’s the good news, commuters: Over the next few months, SEPTA will install equipment on its trains to make your ride safer than ever.

The bad news? Until that work is done, trains on SEPTA’s regional rail network are likely to be crowded and unpleasant.

“We know that you’ve noticed and are annoyed by the shortages and crowding,” the transit agency said in a message to riders this month, “but we ask you to please bear with us while we complete this life-saving safety improvement work.” Read more »

Headlines: Big Plan to Cap the Railyards at 30th Street Station Needs You

30th Street Station. Photo | Jeff Fusco

30th Street Station. Photo | Jeff Fusco

After the planning process for the 175-acre area surrounding 30th Street Station officially kicked off in January, the Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan is starting to take shape.

A team lead by Amtrak, Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel University, PennDOT and SEPTA (plus additional public stakeholders) will release three conceptual diagrams at an open house scheduled for tonight from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 30th Street Station.

Each one is an ambitious view into what one of the busiest transportation hubs in the nation could look like in the not-too-distant future. Amtrak gave PlanPhilly’s Jim Saksa a sneak preview of the trio of concepts, which call for capping parts of the railyards or the highway in some fashion.

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SEPTA and the Pope’s Visit: Everything You Need to Know

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Thinking of sticking around town when Pope Francis comes to call on Sept. 26th and 27th, at the end of the World Meeting of Families?

If you’re not set on seeing His Holiness, might I recommend that you plan a visit somewhere else and rent out your place to one of the 1.5 million or so visitors who will also descend on the city that weekend. Leave your guests these pieces of advice, though — and follow them yourself if you are sticking around town: Read more »

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