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SEPTA Regional Rails

(A Septa Regional Rail train.  File photo by John Ostapkovich)

Presidential Board Findings Support Septa In Regional Rails Labor Dispute

The Presidential Emergency Board found that SEPTA is correct in insisting that pay raises for the Regional Rail engineers and electricians follow the same pattern as raises for subway and bus operators.

07/15/2014

Ann Tomalavadge of the ASCE presents the group's report on Pennsylvania infrastructure at Amtrak's 30th Street Station.  Photo by John Ostapkovich)

Engineering Group Gives Low Marks to Pennsylvania Infrastructure

The 2014 report card from the Philadelphia section of the American Society of Civil Engineers gives the state no As. The highest of the sixteen grades was a “B” for freight rail.

06/25/2014

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Presidential Board Hearings In Septa Regional Rails’ Labor Dispute Continue Today

Three members of the panel are on a 30-day mission to hear testimony from locomotive engineers and electrical workers, as well as SEPTA labor relations staff, and deliver a report with recommendations to the President by July 14th.

06/24/2014

(A Septa Regional Rail train.  File photo by John Ostapkovich)

Presidential Board Begins Hearing Septa Regional Rails’ Labor Dispute

After four years of stalled contract negotiations, the clock is ticking again, but the next inflection point may be a month from now.

06/23/2014

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SEPTA Regional Rail Riders Breathe Sigh Of Relief As Work Week Begins

SEPTA’s regional rails were back in business for the Monday morning commute, thanks to a presidential executive order that derailed a strike by some 400 locomotive engineers and electricians.

06/16/2014

(Officials hold a ceremonial groundbreaking for an extension of the Pennypack Trail which will use a former Septa railroad bed.  Photo by Brad Segall)

Work Begins On 3.2-Mile Extension Of Pennypack Trail In Montco

Construction on the trail, most of which will be along the scenic Pennypack Creek, is already underway, and should be wrapped up by the fall of next year.

06/06/2014

(A Septa regional rail train.  File photo)

2 Unions Authorize Strikes Against SEPTA Regional Rails

The unions have been working without a contract for four years, and mediation officially failed last month, triggering a 30-day cooling-off period.

06/05/2014

(The Swarthmore station, along Septa's Media-Elwyn line.  File photo by KYW's Jim Melwert)

Septa Going Ahead With Projects To Refurbish Media-Elwyn Rail Beds

Septa officials are beginning an ambitious capital improvement project to repair century-old bridges that provide a base to parts of the Media-Elwyn regional rail line.

04/21/2014

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Ice-Laden Trees Falling On Wires and Tracks Slams SEPTA Regional Rails

“We have people out there, working over miles of territory to clear trees and get things restored,” said SEPTA deputy general manager Jeff Knueppel.

02/05/2014

(A New Jersey Transit bi-level rail car similar to those envisioned for use by Septa.  File photo by Adam E. Moreira.  Used under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NJ_Transit_Multilevel_7014_on_Train_6651.jpg)

Septa Considering Double-Decker Regional Rail Cars

With more people using Septa’s Regional Rail lines, the transit agency is looking for ways to increase capacity.

01/30/2014

(A lawn sign protests SEPTA's plan for a parking garage at the Jenkintown train station.  Photo by Brad Segall)

SEPTA Postponing Planned Parking Garage at Jenkintown Train Station

The plan to build a 700-space garage has been in the works for several years and has been the subject of contentious discussions between the transit agency and Cheltenham residents who live near the station.

12/20/2013

(A Septa Regional Rail train.  File photo by John Ostapkovich)

SEPTA Wants Train Riders To Speak Up About No-Talking Rail Cars

Four years after SEPTA launched its “Quiet Ride” cars on certain Regional Rail trains, the agency is conducting a survey to find out if all that shushing has been worthwhile.

09/04/2013

(A "Connector" shuttle bus is displayed in the King of Prussia business park in an effort to attract riders.  Credit: Brad Segall)

King of Prussia Promotes Shuttle Buses As Commuting Alternative

The nearly 20,000 employees who work at the King of Prussia business park but come from outside the Upper Merion area now have a new incentive to get out of their cars and onto public transportation.

07/10/2013

(credit: Mike DeNardo)

SEPTA Fare Hikes Take Effect

Get ready to dig a little deeper for that SEPTA ride. Fare increases went into effect on Monday.

07/01/2013

(File photo: the 2011 Philadelphia bike race.)

SEPTA Prepares Special Services For Philadelphia Bicycle Race Day

There will be a number of bus detours around the course, so getting there could also be a challenge for spectators.

05/31/2013

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