In November, we told you about the woman who took a photo (left) of the man who allegedly punched her at Broad and Arch, a split second after he hit her in broad daylight. That same man was also accused of punching another woman within the same week at a SEPTA station at Broad and Erie. Now, police have a suspect in custody. Read more »
NBC 10 reports that SEPTA is reviewing its safety procedures in the wake of Sunday’s fatal train accident in the Bronx. In the meantime, the transit agency has finished installation of a $150 million “automatic train control” system to prevent on-track collisions with other trains, and is spending $170 million on a “Positive Train Control” system that can override an engineer and take control of a train during an emergency; the second system is due to be completed in 2015.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
A hearty round of applause to Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled House and Senate! By granting GOP Governor Tom Corbett his most highly sought prize — the nation’s highest gas and diesel taxes — the legislature has ensured two things:
1) Tommy Boy will lose next year’s election by an even bigger margin, and
2) He is now likely to achieve the impossible: an approval rating in the single digits.
To be fair, the last one’s not all that hard, since he was already in the toilet at a historically low 17 percent approval.
About the only thing more monumental than the rear-ending Corbett just gave his citizens via the second-largest tax increase in state history is his “bi-partisan” legacy, as no one has done more for the Democratic Party.
Say you work at Urban Outfitters HQ down at the Navy Yard, and for whatever reason you live in a cubicle at Philly Mag HQ at 1818 Market Street. Not such a bad commute, right? Straight shot down Broad, after all. Actually, it’s terrible. According to trusty Google Maps, that would take you 45 minutes. Way more from West Philly or Fishtown or wherever. Why? Because you’re walking 20 minutes from the stadium stop on the Broad Street Line, no matter whence you came. Read more »
Public service announcement:
The transit agency says that a routine maintenance project will close the trolley tunnel in Center City from 5 a.m. Sunday through 5 a.m. Monday. Service on trolley routes 11, 13, 34 and 36 will begin and end at 40th and Market streets. Route 10 service will begin and end at 40th and Filbert streets. SEPTA says riders should use the Market-Frankford subway line for travel to and from Center City.
The rampage–if that’s what it is–continues. This week, Philly Mag’s Victor Fiorillo has been on the ‘knockout game’ beat, documenting a couple instances in which two separate women were punched for no reason. (Possibly by the same guy.) Well now, Lower Merion police have made two arrests after similar incident. Lower Merion! The Main Line!
After a late, late, late-night vote on Tuesday to pass the State House, the state’s big transportation bill passed the Senate easily on Wednesday, 43-7. It’ll go back to the House, which will pass it, and then to Corbett’s desk for a signature. This not only gives Corbett one of the big legislative accomplishments he’s been striving for for three years, but some much-needed cash for roads, bridges, and even little old SEPTA.
The good news? “Gov. Tom Corbett’s hopes for a major legislative win came roaring back to life Tuesday, as the state House voted 104-95 to give key preliminary approval to a multi-pronged, $2.4 billion transportation funding program,” the Patriot-News reports. (We don’t care about Corbett’s hopes, but we do care about transportation funding.)
“But no one was lighting victory cigars Tuesday night. That’s because the House plan contains a key change that has not passed muster in the state Senate yet: a modest, albeit once-in-a-generation reform to Pennsylvania’s prevailing wage statute.The bill raises the cost threshold at which the law’s minimum wage requirements kick in for transportation construction projects from an outdated $25,000 at present, to $100,000 going forward.” The question is: Is that union-busting enough or too union-busting for the Senate to accept? We’ll find out soon.
CBS Philly reports: “‘SEPTA general manager Joe Casey today said he’s disappointed the transportation bill failed last night (see related story), and he says without that money you’ll see a slow dismantling of the SEPTA system: ‘It’s not immediately, but it’s a gradual reduction of service and dismantling the rail system as we know it — regional rails, trolley lines — it’s all the critical infrastructure, and that’s what we need the money for.’”
NewsWorks writes that Allyson Schwartz, a Democratic hopeful for governor, is out trying to raise support for a statewide comprehesive transportation bill in Harrisburg. “Republicans have opposed the roughly $2 billion plan and its anticipated effect on motorists through potentially higher gas prices and increased license and registration fees,” the site reports. “Republican leaders have insisted it can only pass among their members if it includes changes to the state’s prevailing wage law to bring down union pay on smaller public works projects.”