Spend Your SEPTA Commute Thinking About This, Science Says

This morning, I spent my SEPTA commute — a super-short ride compared to the commutes of some of my coworkers, who train in from places like Bucks County every single day — doing what I do every morning: Listening to Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” for the trillionth time and mentally cursing the person lacking any sense of self-awareness bumping me with their backpack over and over and over again. Because there is always, always one of these backpack-wielding, spatial-awareness-lacking humans on the El at 8 a.m. on a weekday.

But a new study suggests that if you want to turn a somewhat miserable morning commute into a beneficial activity, then rather than spending your train time daydreaming about what life would be like if Beyoncé were to swoop in on a unicorn (I’m sure she owns one) and adopt you right then and there, you should think about work. Yes: Science says we should all be thinking about work on our daily commutes into the office.

I know, that sounds kind of terrible. But hear me out.

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Why Philly Refuses to Become a 24-Hour City

Illustration by Gluekit

Illustration by Gluekit

Every so often, an out-of-towner crashes into Philly with a bold new idea. Almost inevitably, said out-of-towner runs into a brick wall. One recent example: An August story in the Inquirer detailed an audacious plan to transform a block in Callowhill into a world-class destination for late-night clubbing. The project — a luxury 16-story residential tower and 1,000-person dance club, complete with a Finnish sound system and bottle service — is the brainchild of a 24-year-old impresario from Connecticut who looks like a postpubescent Rick Moranis. Predictably, Philadelphians ripped the entire concept apart on social media, like pigeons attacking a day-old Amoroso roll. Read more »

How Did This Pac-Man Token Get Into a SEPTA Machine?

Namco video game token found in a SEPTA token machine

This arcade token came out of a SEPTA token machine. You’re not supposed to ride the subway with it, but it will get you halfway to a game of pop-a-shot in most arcades. | Photo: Christian Alsis

Christian Alsis lives in Pennsport and works in Old City. He takes the 57 bus to get to the office, and generally buys tokens at the machines at the 2nd Street El stop. He puts in a $20 bill, and gets 11 tokens and four nickels in return.

Last week, however, Alsis got something different: Five nickels, 10 tokens and one Pac-Man arcade token. He couldn’t believe it. He talked to a SEPTA employee in a little booth, who wasn’t having it. “I went up to him and I said, ‘Hey this machine just gave me a Pac-Man token like that instead of a SEPTA token,’” he says. “The guy said, ‘I don’t know what to tell you. I can’t really help you.’ I’m sure they get that every day, people trying to run weird token scams.” Read more »

SEPTA Shows Off Beam Work as First Silverliner Vs Roll Again

Finished equalizer beams await attachment of their feet at the PennFab plant in Bensalem. | Photos: Sandy Smith; graphics: SEPTA

Finished equalizer beams await attachment of their feet at the PennFab plant in Bensalem. | Photos: Sandy Smith; graphics: SEPTA

At 8:49 this morning, the first four SEPTA Silverliner V railcars to be repaired were returned to service on an inbound run to Center City from Fox Chase.

At about the same time in Bensalem, workers at PennFab, Inc. turned on a plasma cutting machine and carved the 342nd of 400 new equalizer beams that are being installed on the Silverliner Vs’ trucks as members of the news media looked on.

SEPTA management invited reporters up to Bensalem this morning for a briefing on how the project to replace the beams is progressing, including a show-and-tell explaining how the replacements are being made. Read more »

SEPTA Regional Rail Is Delayed, Again

Septa regional rail train

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Commuters are seeing SEPTA Regional Rail delays this morning following power problems that occurred yesterday evening during the rush hour commute.

Passengers on two trains on the Paoli/Thorndale line were stuck on board for as long as three hours yesterday after malfunctioning overhead wires forced the trains to ground to a halt after 5 p.m., according to NBC10. Passengers were stranded near the Malvern and Thorndale stations. Read more »

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