David Scott was a SEPTA transit police officer for over 30 years and served as deputy SEPTA police chief for over 18 years. After retiring a few years ago, he consulted with the United States government on anti-terrorism, and now he is suing Secretary of State John Kerry and others, claiming he is the victim of racial discrimination. Read more »
Good news, Philadelphia: You won’t have to wait three more years for SEPTA trains to become safer.
Yes, Congress has decided to give the railroad industry an extra three years to install “positive train control” technology that would prevent the types of accidents that killed eight Amtrak passengers in Philly last spring. But SEPTA was already on track to have its PTC equipment installed by the original deadline, and that hasn’t changed.
“The extension will not cause SEPTA to pull back on our efforts,” SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams said in an email. “We continue to follow our plan to implement a safe, viable and reliable PTC system by the previous December 31, 2015 deadline.” Read more »
If you’re on sick leave, it’s probably best to stay out of the public eye — not attend a taping of a national TV show. But a SEPTA worker got fired after she was spotted during a taping of Live! with Kelly and Michael, and it’s stopped her discrimination case against the agency in its tracks.
Marie Selvato, a bus operator, sued SEPTA in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, claiming that since 2004 she was “subjected to a hostile work environment and discriminated against on the basis of her gender” — and that was the reason she was terminated in 2012. But Judge Wendy Beetlestone disagreed, granting SEPTA’s summary judgement motion. Read more »
The eyes of Temple Owls fans everywhere, and of the nation, will be on Lincoln Financial Field this Saturday evening when nationally Top 25-ranked Temple — when did you ever think you’d see that phrase in an article about Temple football? — takes on perennial college football powerhouse Notre Dame in the heart of Owls territory.
We like Temple’s chances in the game, as, we suspect, does the entire Greater Philadelphia region. So does SBNation, by the way.
If you’re among the fortunate fans who have tickets to the sold-out game, or want to hang out with the ESPN “College Football GameDay” crew on Independence Mall in the morning, SEPTA is adding extra service to get you there quickly and with less hassle than sitting in traffic at the Pattison Avenue/Broad Street exit on I-95. Read more »
SEPTA Police have released video of a robbery and assault that occurred along the Market-Frankford line on Sunday at 12:50 a.m. The victim is lucky to have walked away alive. Read more »
SEPTA is closing in on launching its smart card fare payment system SEPTA Key, and maybe for real this time. Officials working on the project are now projecting a soft rollout around the New Year.
Project manager Kevin O’Brien said that field tests are continuing over the next couple weeks, which will determine whether or not the e-payment system will be ready by then.
Okay, early in the new calendar year. Cool. Maybe we can stick it out fumbling with tokens for a little while longer. So what’s taken so long?
“This is really a soft rollout,” O’Brien said. “It’s a very complex system, especially to develop on the backend.”
Senior citizens have been testing the mode of payment since earlier this year and now some employees are using it in their travels, but O’Brien said more testing is in order. Read more »
So how well did SEPTA handle moving the masses in town for Francis Festival Weekend?
About as well as it’s ever handled any large crowd. Better, in fact, than the last few times it’s had upward of 100,000 people to move into and out of a small area.
“We learned the lessons of the Phillies parade,” SEPTA director of media relations Jerria Williams said. And so it had, both on the moving-the-people and the keeping-them-calm end. Read more »
Following Pope Francis’s massive Mass on the parkway, a whole lot of people have found themselves making their way home, or to their hotels, or AirBnBs, or couch stays and the like. Jeff Fusco captured the scene at Broad and Walnut, and reports that crowds at Broad and Spring Garden station were also large. Bradley Maule caught the crowds at 30th Street Station.
SEPTA has some helpful tips for the commute home, but first suggest: Perhaps you might grab a bite because you may be waiting a while otherwise: Read more »
Follow Philadelphia magazine’s live coverage of Pope Francis’s historic visit all weekend long.
For months now, the unfortunate message has been that visiting Philly this weekend will be a logistical nightmare.
But it’s not. Not yet anyway. Getting into Center City is a relative piece of cake. The highways — those that are open anyway — are empty. Volume on most boulevards into town is extraordinarily light. And SEPTA and PATCO are both reporting far lighter-than-expected crowds.
True story: I just drove from Delaware County to West Philly, where I parked a car at 38th and Market Streets, and then strolled downtown. It was like driving into town early on a Sunday morning. Here was the scene on my way in at Chestnut and Farragut (between 46th and 47th).