A Majority of SEPTA Bus Routes Are Suspended

47M bus - snow

Photo | Dan McQuade

SEPTA has suspended all but 35 of its bus routes due to the winter storm today, general manager Jeff Knueppel said at a press conference this afternoon.

“This storm has really become more about sleet and freezing rain than snow totals,” he told reporters at a presser at 1234 Market Street, SEPTA headquarters. “Icing of overhead wires and third rail and slippery road conditions have created significant service impacts.”

Those impacts initially caused SEPTA to suspend 88 of its 123 bus routes today at midday; some have come back online in the meantime. The Norristown High-Speed Line was also suspended, but service resumed after 1 p.m. The Route 101 and 102 trolleys are currently suspended.

The bus routes that are running tend to connect to the SEPTA lines that are running: The Green Line trolley routes are running, as are the Broad Street Subway and Market-Frankford Line. Regional Rail is operating on an “enhanced Saturday schedule,” with delays expected. Read more »

SEPTA Key Travel Wallet Expansion Begins Monday

SEPTA Key with City Hall in the background

SEPTA Key has been out in the wild for a while now, but it still seems to be in beta test phase. You can put weekly and monthly TransPasses on a SEPTA Key, but the Travel Wallet feature has been limited.

Now, the rollout begins. SEPTA announced on Thursday that it will begin increasing the Travel Wallet availability starting on Monday and continuing throughout the month. You will be able to buy new SEPTA Keys at kiosks at various stations as the rollout goes on.

SEPTA has released a list of which stations will begin offering SEPTA Key purchases on which date. You can buy SEPTA Key Travel Wallets at kiosks at those stations once the functionality is added. You’ll be able to add funds to your Travel Wallets at those kiosks, too.

The functionality is even being added to major bus loop junctions throughout the month as well. Once you have a Key, getting on buses, trolleys and subways is easy: You just tap at the fare box or turnstile and go. No more trying to remember where you left those tokens! Read more »

Two SEPTA El Trains Collide Near 69th Street Station

Two trains on SEPTA’s Market-Frankford El line collided this morning at 69th Street Station.

The crash happened sometime around 8:30. SEPTA says two “non-revenue” (not-in-service) trains were involved in an accident. About 18 cars were involved in the collision, six of which derailed. Police say the collision was not head-on; one train struck another from the rear, which led to a third train becoming involved. Read more »

SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line Almost Back to Full Service

60 Market-Frankford Line M-4 cars will remain sidelined while the cause of and repairs for cracked vent boxes and beams are dealt with. | Photo: Adam E. Moreira via Wikimedia Commons, used under CC-BY-SA-3.0

60 Market-Frankford Line M-4 cars will remain sidelined while the cause of and repairs for cracked vent boxes and beams are dealt with. | Photo: Adam E. Moreira via Wikimedia Commons, used under CC-BY-SA-3.0

SEPTA is reportedly close to resuming full service on the Market-Frankford line after cracks discovered in the trains’ main support beams led the organization to remove 60 cars last week.  Read more »

SEPTA Opens Up on MFL Cracks

60 Market-Frankford Line M-4 cars will remain sidelined while the cause of and repairs for cracked vent boxes and beams are dealt with. | Photo: Adam E. Moreira via Wikimedia Commons, used under CC-BY-SA-3.0

60 Market-Frankford Line M-4 cars will remain sidelined while the cause of and repairs for cracked vent boxes and beams are dealt with. | Photo: Adam E. Moreira via Wikimedia Commons, used under CC-BY-SA-3.0

The bad news: About 60 Market-Frankford Line rapid transit cars will be out of commission for an indefinite period while SEPTA analyzes just what caused the cracks that spread from vent boxes to major load-bearing beams — or would have if a SEPTA maintenance shop worker hadn’t found cracks in two of those beams Friday night.

The good news: SEPTA has 218 cars in its M-4 fleet, which means that once undamaged cars can be uncoupled from damaged ones, it will have the 144 cars it needs to run regular peak-hour service. Detaching and reattaching the cars, however, will take a few days at least, and until then, there will be minor indigestion during the busiest travel times on the line. SEPTA will have enough buses to take care of the pain, though.

Those were the two most important takeaways from this afternoon’s news conference with SEPTA General Manger Jeff Knueppel. Read more »

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