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Life & Style

Picture-Perfect Train Trips to Take From Philly This Fall

You haven’t done leaf-peeping right until you’ve done it from a train. Here are nine trips perfect for taking in nature’s fireworks — and a […]

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SEPTA Cautiously Monitoring Boston Train Tests in China

To ensure that they didn’t screw up their $137.5 million investment, SEPTA officials are paying close attention to testing being conducted in China by a […]

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City Life

Here’s What Amtrak’s Fancy New Trains Will Look Like

Remember when Amtrak told us we were getting fancy new “next generation” high-speed trains? The transportation organization released the paint scheme for the trains today […]

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City Life

16-Year-Old Girl Hit by Freight Train in Critical Condition

This is a developing story. Police say a 16-year-old girl who was struck by a CSX freight train in Southwest Philadelphia this afternoon is in […]

City Life

Amtrak, Alstom Sign Contracts for New High-Speed Trains

Amtrak has signed a set of contracts totaling $1.8 billion with manufacturing company Alstom for the design and building process of 28 new high-speed trains.

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Amtrak Is Removing the Departures Flipboard Inside 30th Street Station

The giant flipboard that’s sat in the center of 30th Street Station for three decades and faithfully alerted passengers of train departures is being phased out […]

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A Year After the Amtrak Crash, Casey Calls for More Money for Train Safety

Flanked by officials from Amtrak and SEPTA, Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey today called for more money for safety measures on train lines across the country. […]

City Life

Possible NJ Transit Strike Looms Later This Month

NJ Transit rail operators may strike later this month. The transit agency is releasing contingency plans later today. A court-ordered “cooling off period” ends March […]

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FRA Has Plans for a Rail Tunnel Under Center City to the Airport

The Federal Railroad Administration, having come up with three plans for the future of the Northeast Corridor (NEC) came back to Philadelphia yesterday to gather public […]

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PATCO Now Takes Credit and Debit for Paper Tickets

  Passengers who prefer plastic to cash will now have an easier time riding PATCO. The Philly-South Jersey rail service now accepts credit and debit cards at […]


The Politics of Amtrak Funding (Or: Why Conservatives Hate Trains So Much)

The House Appropriations committee made a curious move yesterday just hours after the deadly Amtrak derailment: It voted to cut $252 million in funding from […]

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Gov. Wolf to Obama: Help Prevent Oil Train Accidents

Every week, as many as 70 trains carrying crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken formation pass through Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf says. Many are en route to Philadelphia. Wolf wrote […]

City Life

Hell Is Other People on the SEPTA QuietRide Car

“I wish you were going to Vegas,” says the girl in the bright orange tank top. There’s something both infuriating and admirable about her tone. […]

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Increased Ridership Making SEPTA Regional Rail Packed

I rode a 7 a.m. train into town on Monday morning, and it was packed. Every part of it! I don’t often ride the regional […]

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The One Big Problem With Bringing Amtrak to City Hall

“Ladies and gentlemen, the next station stop for this train is City Hall station in Philadelphia. Please check your seat and make sure you have […]