Negotiations between SEPTA and the union representing the engineers on its regional rail lines have reached an impasse, but riders shouldn’t worry about a work stoppage, at least for now.
SEPTA and Bensalem Township Police are speaking out for the first time about a Friday evening train crash in which a SEPTA West Trenton Regional Rail train plowed into an SUV that was abandoned on the tracks near the Neshaminy Falls station.
The West Trenton line was shut down around 5 p.m. after authorities say a 20-year-old man was struck and killed by an outbound SEPTA West Trenton train.
SEPTA and TWU Local 234 officials resumed negotiations Sunday morning, after both sides reported serious progress on Friday and said they were close to a deal.
Now, there has been a significant change in the tone of the negotiations, and any deal that was on the table is now in jeopardy.
With the frigid temperatures, SEPTA is taking steps to try to keep the system moving.
After city government and many businesses closed early Tuesday, Suburban Station and Market East train platforms were packed with what amounted to an early rush hour. But SEPTA did not add extra cars or extra runs, resulting in equally packed trains.
With more than a foot of snow covering the ground, commuters should be prepared for delays on Wednesday.
AAA was projecting a decrease of about 1.5% in holiday travelers this Thanksgiving weekend, and that projection seemed to be right on at 30th Street Station on Sunday night, where travelers were enjoying a pretty easy ride home.
For most commuters who rely on SEPTA’s Media/Elwyn Regional Rail line, word of a failed house vote on transportation funding is concerning, as SEPTA has said it would have to stop service on this line in 2015 without additional funding.
Nearly 40 percent of the downtown workforce lives outside the city and they, too, are abandoning cars.
The Septa Board is expected to pass half a budget when it meets today.
SEPTA says the changes are due to a grade crossing replacement project at Indian Queen Lane in Philadelphia.
Shuttle Buses To Be Used Along Manayunk/Norristown Regional Rail Line Due To Track, Signal Maintenance
SEPTA announced Thursday that shuttle bus service will replace rail service along the Manayunk/Norristown Regional Rail Line on Saturday and Sunday.
SEPTA says it’s the last major US transit agency to use tokens. But, effective July 2014, tokens will be a thing of the past.
The victim was struck at approximately 6:15 p.m. by an outbound train at the North Hills Station.