PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Massive problems with SEPTA’s Regional Rail system made getting into town for the opening of Philadelphia Flower Show more of a challenge than anticipated for many commuters.

A system-wide power failure Saturday morning caused major delays — at least an hour — on all regional rails. Many trains were cancelled. It took several hours to resolve the issue, but all trains were back up and running as normal.

“We did have some overhead power issues this morning, but we’ve worked to resolve that,” said SEPTA’s Carla Showell-Lee. “People should know that they’re going to expect some residual delays but we’re going to get people where they need to be.”

Showell-Lee said SEPTA pinpointed and fixed the problem.

“We had some switching problems around Wayne Junction, which caused some low voltage issues,” she explained. “Essentially, what that means is that when things come out of sync, that can cause power outage.”

Commuters who were counting on regional rail to get around Saturday were being urged to keep a close eye on the SEPTA website and Twitter page for information about specific trains.


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