The Federal Transit Administration is giving $87 million for infrastrature repair, the agency announced Monday — part of a broader $3.59 billion effort to recover from Hurricane Sandy and prepare for the region’s next big storm.
“While no one can predict the future with certainty, we believe these investments will help to harden transit facilities against future storms that Mother Nature dishes out,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a press release, “supporting President Obama’s call to address climate change now and reducing the risk of service disruptions and future damage to some of the nation’s busiest rail and bus services.”
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[Update 1:15 p.m.] The South Jersey Times reports that this morning’s medical emergency-related PATCO delay was the result of a rider jumping in front of a train.
Rail travel was brought to a halt Monday morning after a rider allegedly jumped in front of a PATCO train and was struck, according to information on the rail line’s website.
Philly.com reports that the person struck by the train was a woman who was killed, and that it is unclear if she jumped or fell.
The woman was not immediately identified, and officials said police were reviewing video of the incident to determine if the woman jumped or fell onto the tracks in front of a westbound train at about 8:30 a.m.
[Update 9:40 a.m.] Trains are moving again:
MSG:PATCO is resuming westbound service but will bypass 8th and market station at this time. Thank you for your patience.
[Original] PATCO halted service into Center City this morning after reporting that someone had been struck by a train at 8th and Market streets in Philadelphia.
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Tomorrow, SEPTA says it will put up suicide-prevention signs at Norristown Station. SEPTA has seen several recent incidents of people being hit by trains, including a suspected suicide on the Paoli-Thorndale line several months ago.
The signs, put up as part of Worldwide Suicide Prevention Day, are done in a partnership with Montgomery County Emergency Services and feature the number (1-800-273-8255) for the suicide prevention hotline. SEPTA told Philly.com about half of the fatalities on its system are suicides.
On the same day that SEPTA officially rebadged Market East as Jefferson Station, as Center City District and city officials were cutting the ribbon on Dilworth Park upstairs, SEPTA general manager Joe Casey and other SEPTA dignitaries were showing off the spiffy new subway station entrance down below.
One of those dignitaries, deputy general manager Jeff Knueppel, had another bit of news that wasn’t on today’s agenda, but will be welcomed by Regional Rail riders: More frequent service off-peak.
“We are moving in the direction of increasing frequency on Regional Rail lines in the near future,” he said in response to a question from this reporter.
— ISEPTAPHILLY (@SEPTAPHILLY) September 4, 2014
Will Market East still be “Market East” by the end of the week?
Miller Lite announced it will be sponsoring free rides on SEPTA for the Eagles’ home opener for the second straight year. Yes, you get to ride the Broad Street Line for free on Sunday, September 7th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. because a beer company wants to sell more beer to people going to the Eagles game. Hooray!
Pretty much any reason that leads to SEPTA being free for a large portion of a day is good. The promotion, in addition to attempting to sell more Miller Lite, is also a way to discourage drunk driving. If you can get to the Broad Street Line, it is infinitely easier to take that to the stadium instead of driving. If you’re not tailgating, take it to the sports complex! Take it to Xfinity Live!