The Broad Street Line Is Making Everybody Late This Morning

Officials say service is returning to normal.

SEPTA’s Broad Street Line was partially shut down for two hours this morning while workers made emergency repairs to a track — slowing service right in the heart of the morning rush. Officials said service was being returned to normal after 9 a.m.

The shutdown occurred around 7 am., a SEPTA spokesman said. “They just had to make some emergency repairs to a section of the third rail track and you have to turn the power off to do that,” said Manny Smith, the spokesman.

The process also involves walking the track to determine the precise location of the break, he said. “Once they found it, it only took about 15 minutes to fix,” Smith said.

But the delays didn’t please this morning’s commuters. The delay was “longer than 10 minutes,” a commuting Philly Mag staffer said. “And each northbound car was packed to the gills until City Hall.”

SEPTA said at 9:30 a.m., however, that things were returning to normal.