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Old July 30th, 2016, 04:20 AM   #361
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2 things that just dawned on me about this line:

1. these are the ugliest trains none to mankind
2. with that being said, i wonder why septa never bothered to start a few of these lines in the city. bass ackwards as usual.
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Old July 30th, 2016, 06:49 AM   #362
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Without specifying which line, we can't tell what you are talking about.
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Old July 31st, 2016, 02:04 AM   #363
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i'm sorry. the route 100 line to norristown. those "trains" are hideous
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Old July 31st, 2016, 05:10 AM   #364
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While they certainly aren't the best looking, they aren't too terrible, and having ridden them, I can tell you that they are quite comfortable inside.

If you are talking about why routes 100, 101, and 102 don't run downtown, then you have to look back to the beginning of the 20th Century, when what would become Philadelphia Suburban Transportation built the 101 and 102 and the Philadelphia and Western built the 100.

Originally (in 1907), the 101 and 102 were supposed to run through onto the Market-Frankford El to downtown. However, high local traffic demand and corporate disagreements with the Philadelphia Rapid Transit that built the El precluded any such operation. There was never enough money in the bank for the PST to build its own line to Center City. Using the local streetcar tracks was out due to differing wheel profiles and the slow travel time.

The P&W (Route 100) was started by the Gould interests around 1905 as part of their empire, the Philadelphia leg of a new transcontinental railroad, and some parts of the line clearly show how they were built to be upgraded to four tracks. Originally the P&W ran from 69th St. to Strafford on the Main Line. When it came under the control of the Lehigh Valley Transit group around WWI, a branch line was built from Villanova to Norristown to connect with the LVT interurbans to Allentown. LVT ran through to 69th St. until 1949, and connected at Norristown until 1951. Over time, the Norristown route became the main line and the Strafford branch was abandoned in the early 1950s. At the same time, the charter was re-written from railroad to transit operation and the company was bought out by the PST, which by then marketed all of its operations under the label "Red Arrow Lines".

At one point in the 1920s, there were plans for the P&W to build a subway to downtown. It would have run roughly under Walnut Street and would have ended either at 30th St. Station or in the new Locust St. subway. As might be imagined, these plans fizzled due to lack of funds.

It should be noted that both systems originally operated cars inbound with the destination sign reading "Philadelphia". Once downtown connections became unattainable, the signs switched to "69th St. Terminal". The destination signs have NEVER read "Upper Darby", even though that's the town that they terminate in.

Despite its best efforts, the PST went bankrupt and was acquired by SEPTA in 1970. Ironically, part of SEPTA's rationalizations was replacing the old Llanerch carbarn that served the Media and Sharon Hill runs with converted space in the Market-Frankford shops at 69th St., thereby creating, in a roundabout way, the long-desired track connection between the two systems. However, the two rolling stock fleets were so greatly diverged, and the local traffic on the El was so great, that running through to Center City was still impractical, especially since the connection is not in a manner allowing streamlined operation.

SEPTA has been chronically short-funded for its entire existence. It has only ever achieved two major rail expansions-the Airport Line, and the Center City Commuter Connection (Market East Station). The currently proposed King of Prussia extension of the 100 line has been planned since at least the 1970s, if not earlier. Rapid transit on Roosevelt Boulevard has been talked about since the 1920s. Both of these have significantly higher priority than extending the Red Arrow Lines to downtown, which would be much more disruptive, and would not yield nearly as much benefit for the cost needed, since it would duplicate the El to at least some extent. A one-seat ride for relatively few suburbanites is just not worth it, much as we would all wish it otherwise.
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Old August 1st, 2016, 09:47 PM   #365
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Old November 1st, 2016, 06:00 PM   #366
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Bus and subway service has been suspended due to a transit workers' strike.



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The strike is now in its fourth day, with no end in sight. SEPTA may file for an injunction to force workers on the job on election day (next Tuesday).

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Old November 7th, 2016, 06:22 AM   #368
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As of right now, 10:30 PM on November 6th, they are still on strike. All subway and el train service, all streetcar/trolley routes, and all city bus routes. Only the commuter rail trains are running, as well as the Norristown Highspeed.
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Old November 7th, 2016, 01:55 PM   #369
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Monday morning, November 7th, 2016.

Strike is lifted. It will take one day for service to normalize.

Major regional rail delays for the morning rush due to signal problems.
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"Reopening PATCO ghost station a priority in the near future"

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Old November 20th, 2016, 10:34 AM   #371
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Taken on November 18th

SEPTA Suburban Trolleys

Route 102

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Old November 20th, 2016, 10:38 AM   #372
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SEPTA Market Frankford line at 34th Street

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"Market-Frankford Line trains involved in accident at 69th Street"

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Sources: SEPTA Train Operator In Medically-Induced Coma Following Crash

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Officials: Dozens injured in suburban Philadelphia train crash

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UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) — At least 42 people, including the conductor, were injured when a train crashed into another train that was parked at a station in suburban Philadelphia.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority said the crash happened around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday.

An inbound Norristown High Speed Line train crashed into an unoccupied, parked train at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby, said SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern.

In an early morning news briefing, Upper Darby Mayor Nicholas Micozzie said at least four people suffered serious injuries. The victims were taken to area hospitals.

"The conductor is in the hospital right now, I can't release his condition," Micozzie said.

One passenger told reporters at the scene that the operator of the train was "all banged up." The passenger said "there was blood everywhere."

The passenger, who did not wish to reveal his full name, said the train was experiencing issues prior to the crash, though SEPTA officials have not confirmed this.

"I was waiting at gulph Mills. The train came by, it blew past us about three or four train lengths, backed up, picked us up," he said.

The cause of the crash remained under investigation.

SEPTA said there likely would be service disruptions for the Tuesday morning commute.

In February, four people were injured in a crash near the 69th Street Terminal involving three out-of-service commuter trains. At the time, SEPTA said one train rear-ended another on a loop where trains turn around to get back into service. Cars from that accident derailed and hit a third train on nearby tracks.
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Express bus services along Roosevelt Blvd in Northeast Philadelphia will launch later this fall.



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Talk about poorly advertised. I had no idea this was so far along.
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