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Old March 13th, 2010, 08:53 AM   #61
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Have there been any moves by the city to procure newer vehicles for both the tram lines and the Norristown line?
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Old March 14th, 2010, 08:13 PM   #62
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Awesome pictures The Market-Frankford subway has a very unusual track gauge of 1588mm, is their any historical context to this gauge? Also there used to be two trackless trolley routes at the southern Philly, 29 and 79, are the wires still in place?
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Awesome pictures The Market-Frankford subway has a very unusual track gauge of 1588mm, is their any historical context to this gauge? Also there used to be two trackless trolley routes at the southern Philly, 29 and 79, are the wires still in place?
If I'm not mistaken, 1588mm is Pennsylvania's streetcar gauge. Most likely, Market-Frankford used to be a streetcar line.
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Old April 2nd, 2010, 05:21 AM   #64
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Police: Teen steals SEPTA bus; leaves damage in wake

By Sam Wood
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A 16-year-old boy is in custody after taking a SEPTA bus for a joyride this morning and crashing it into 15 vehicles.

"The kid claims he took the bus because he wanted to practice driving for his driver's license," said Michael Chitwood, superintendent of the Upper Darby Police Department.

The incident began about 11:25 a.m. at the 69th Street Terminal. The boy, who was playing hooky from school, was walking down Victory Avenue when he saw an unoccupied, idling bus.

The temptation was too great to resist.

Minutes later, Upper Darby police were alerted that the bus had been stolen.

A few blocks away, two Upper Darby detectives spotted the bus headed westbound on the West Chester Pike. They turned on the lights and siren and tried to pull the bus over. The bus then suddenly veered left onto Brief Street, Chitwood said.

The driver steered the bus into a parking lot where he lost control of the vehicle.

"The bus crashed into 15 vehicles," Chitwood said. "Several of them were totaled. It went right over them like a bowling ball."

The bus came to a sudden stop when it crashed into a light standard, Chitwood said. The pole toppled over, smashing the bus's front windshield.

The boy tried to run, but detectives Matt Rowles and Bill Sminkey caught up with him after a brief chase.

One of the vehicles struck was a SUV occupied by four people.

"Fortunately nobody was hurt," Chitwood said.

Chitwood said the boy, who lives in a group home in West Philadelphia, has "significant mental health issues."

"He's 16 but he only has the mental capacity of an 8-year-old," Chitwood said.

He said the boy will be charged recklessly endangering another person, theft, and aggravated assault.
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Old April 2nd, 2010, 05:23 AM   #65
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Apparently caused by rats.

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By Robert Moran
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An underground gas explosion blew off manhole covers and damaged cars and windows on Market Street in West Philadelphia last night, police said.
No injuries were reported, but about 50 people were being evacuated from around the 5600 block of Market Street, where the explosion occurred about 10:35 p.m., police said.

The Red Cross was called to assist with the evacuations, police said.

The cause of the explosion or series of explosions was not known last night, police said. Police called in the Philadelphia Gas Works and Peco to investigate.

SEPTA halted service on the Market-Frankford Elevated line and bus service in the area.

An area covering 55th to 58th Streets and Arch to Chestnut Streets was blocked off to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
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Old June 26th, 2010, 04:23 PM   #66
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SEPTA approves changing name of Pattison station to AT&T

By Paul Nussbaum
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The subway station that serves Citizens Bank Park, the Wachovia Center, and Lincoln Financial Field will get its own commercial name soon.

The change dumps the name of a former Philadelphia lawyer and Democratic governor of Pennsylvania in favor of a phone company.

The SEPTA board of directors Thursday approved changing the name of Pattison Station to AT&T Station, in a deal valued at $5.44 million. The station is the southernmost stop on the Broad Street subway, serving the stadiums that host Philadelphia's major sports teams and many concerts.

Cash-strapped SEPTA will get $3.4 million over the five years of the deal, and its advertising agent, New York-based Titan Worldwide, will get $2 million. Titan will pay for the costs of changing signs and reprinting schedules with the new name.

The signs will be changed in a matter of weeks.

AT&T, which provides cellular service in the city's subways, said the station-naming would promote its brand and remind riders that "AT&T is all about helping customers mobilize everything to stay connected to who and what they need most - and in Philadelphia, that means sports."

Jerry Silverman, a retired Philadelphia math teacher who is a former chair of SEPTA's citizen advisory committee, complained to the board Thursday that "transit is a public service, and names provide an important connection to surrounding streets or neighborhoods. Taxpayers foot the majority of the bill and shouldn't be overwhelmed by ads providing minimal extra revenues."

Silverman wondered where the naming trend might lead. He said that "instead of riding the Broad Street subway from City Hall to Pattison, people might soon take the Coca-Cola Line from Pizza Hut to AT&T."

SEPTA officials said other naming deals might be struck. The agency, which gets most of its funding from state and local governments, is ending its fiscal year this month with a $26 million deficit, forcing it to dip into cash reserves.

The board Thursday approved transferring $26 million from the agency's "service stabilization fund" to cover the deficit in the $1.13 billion operating budget.

SEPTA general manager Joseph Casey said the subway station-naming deal would allow SEPTA to "help defray costs to customers and taxpayers."

SEPTA should use the extra money to reduce fare hikes of 6 to 9 percent that are to take effect July 1, said Scott Maits, vice president of the Delaware Valley Association of Rail Passengers.

The station, like the street above it, was originally named after Robert E. Pattison, a Philadelphia lawyer who served as governor of Pennsylvania from 1883 to 1887 and from 1891 to 1895. Between terms, he served as president of the Chestnut Street National Bank, and in 1887, he was named chairman of the U.S. Pacific Railway Commission.

Pattison, the son of a Methodist Episcopalian minister, was the only Democrat to be elected governor of the state between the Civil War and 1935.

He died on Aug. 1, 1904, and was buried in West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd.e
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Old June 26th, 2010, 04:25 PM   #67
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Teen Mob Shuts Down SEPTA Subway Stations

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Philadelphia Police were called out to corral a suspicious crowd that gathered near City Hall. The incident happened Friday evening near Love Park in Center City.

According to investigators, hundreds of teenagers began gathering at about 7 p.m.

Police moved in and began to break up the crowd. A majority of the crowd, mostly teens, began walking down Broad Street.

The teens flooded the Spring Garden subway station, forcing SEPTA to close the Fairmount and Spring Garden subway stations temporarily.

There were no reports of any damage or injuries.
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Old June 26th, 2010, 04:32 PM   #68
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1 DOA, 2 assaulted on SEPTA system

It hasn't exactly turned out to be the safest 48 hours on the SEPTA system, as a stabbing, an attempted sexual assault, and a woman struck and killed by a regional rail train marred service over the past two days.

PHILADELPHIA - A 35 year old man faces attempted murder charges after allegedly stabbing a man on the Broad Street Subway Thursday afternoon.

Sheldon Mullings, aka Sheldon Millington, was arraigned in Philadelphia Municipal Court Friday evening on charges of Attempted Criminal Homicide, Aggravated Assault, Possession of an Instrument of Crime, Terroristic Threats, Simple Assault, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. The charges stemmed from a stabbing on the Broad Street Line at around 1:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Mullings was committed to the Philadelphia House of Correction in default of 10 percent of $150,000. His next court date is scheduled for Wednesday.

News reports indicated that nobody had bothered to call 9-1-1 or to wait for the arrival of police. There was also some dispute at to whether the stabbing occured on the subway or at street level.

PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia Police are investigating a report of a 17-year-old Masterman High School student was molested while riding on the Market-Frankford Line in Kensington on Thursday.

The victim was riding eastbound on the El when a black male in his 30's, described as an unkepmt man with a yellow t-shirt over his head, approached her, grabbed her leg, and rubbed up against her at around 7:35 a.m. Thursday morning. The incident reportedly occured between the York-Dauphin and Huntingdon stations.

The suspect is described as approximately 5-foot-10, 195 pounds, wearing a white t-shirt, jeans, a mustache, and stubble on his face. He was also described as smelling bad.

Philadelphia Police ask anyone with information to call the Special Victims Unit at (215) 685-3251.

LOWER MERION - Lower Merion police report a woman was killed on Friday night after she chased her dog into the track area and was struck by an R-5 train.

The woman, who had not been identified as of Saturday, had been standing on the eastbound platform at the Bryn Mawr regional rail station when her dog had run into the track area. She had chased the dog into the track area, however, was unable to safely get back on the platform when the #582 - a Malvern to Lansdale local via Center City - struck her.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. R5 service was suspended for nearly three hours as Lower Merion police investigated.
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Shear horror for subway riders after scissors stabbing

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A crowd of panic-stricken SEPTA subway passengers looked on in horror yesterday as one male passenger repeatedly plunged a pair of scissors into another man, police said.

The violent confrontation unfolded about 1:20 p.m. as the subway car whisked south on Broad Street toward the Oregon Avenue stop, police said.

Sgt. Cynthia Kelly, of South Detectives, said the two men got caught up in some sort of dispute that led to one man stabbing the other in the arm, torso, shoulder and face.

The victim, a 46-year-old man whom police did not identify, was listed in guarded condition last night at Hahnemann University Hospital. He needed 35 stitches to close an abdomenal wound, and 15 stitches to close a gash on his forehead, police said.

Cops found the alleged assailant, Sheldon Mullings, at Methodist Hospital, where he was seeking treatment for a cut above his eye, Kelly said.

Mullings, 35, who also goes by the name Sheldon Millington, told an officer that he had been involved in an altercation on the subway, police said. He is expected to be charged with aggravated assault and related offenses, Kelly noted.

It appeared that no one on the subway came to the victim's aid.

"Lots of people were on there and saw this happen," Kelly said. "No one called 9-1-1. Everyone just got out of there."


The incident sparked a good deal of confusion as SEPTA officials tried to get a handle on where the stabbing occurred.

SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams said late yesterday afternoon that surveillance cameras on the Oregon Avenue platform didn't show anyone getting off the subway who appeared to have been stabbed.

Supervisors inspected all of the cars and didn't find any evidence, such as blood spatter or a weapon, to suggest a stabbing had occurred.

It was unclear if they reviewed surveillance footage from the subway cars.

All of this led SEPTA officials to believe the stabbing had occurred above ground, Williams said. Police, however, were adamant that the attack occurred on the subway.

The Oregon Avenue station was closed for about four hours while police investigated. SEPTA had buses available for inconvenienced passengers, a spokesman said.
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Highway work to affect Route 15 trolley

SEPTA will reroute a portion of the Route 15 trolley line in Fishtown and North Philadelphia to accommodate extensive highway reconstruction, starting next spring. Route 15, which runs along Girard Avenue and Richmond Street, will use buses instead of trolleys for the three miles from Girard and Front Street to Richmond and Westmoreland Street. Trolley service will be rerouted from Girard along Frankford Avenue to Delaware Avenue, where a turnaround will be built across the street from the new Sugar House casino. New trolley tracks will be installed in several months to accommodate the rerouting. The shift will be in place for about two years, during a massive reconstruction by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation of the nearby I-95 ramps and adjacent roads. The change will affect about one-fourth of the length of Route 15 and about 12 percent of its ridership, said Steve D'Antonio, manager of city service planning for SEPTA. - Paul Nussbaum
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Woman drives onto SEPTA trolley tracks; faces DUI, assault charges


UPPER DARBY - Police arrested a woman who allegedly drove her car onto SEPTA trolley tracks just west of 69th Street Terminal.

Upper Darby and Millbourne Police responded to the 7000 block of West Chester Pike at around 11:10 p.m. last night for a report of a vehicle which had driven onto the trolley tracks. The woman, whose identity is being withheld pending confirmation of arraignment, was taken out of the vehicle by an Upper Darby cop and a Millbourne cop and was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI.

The suspect is also alleged to have been combative with police, as she had reportedly resisted attempts to be placed in handcuffs. There were also witnesses who say that the arresting officers from Upper Darby were a little too aggressive in removing the suspect out of the vehicle.

The accident caused damage to a switch and other wiring apparatus on the tracks, resulting in single track running for the 101 and 102 trolleys between 69th Street Terminal and Fairfield Avenue stations. The final 101 trolley of the night operated as a bus from 69th Street to Media, however the last 102 trolley operated normally. Crews were working on repairing the switch into the mid-morning hours today.
SEPTA Police, incidentially, didn't show up to assist in the investigation until shortly before midnight.

The suspect was arraigned this morning in Upper Darby District Court on charges of DUI, Simple Assault, and Careless Driving. She was released on $5,000 unsecured bail and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Monday.
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Plans for transit-oriented development near Temple announced

By Miriam Hill
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It was a project 10 years in the making, but on Monday the city announced plans to build 164 apartments, with ground-floor stores, near the Temple University rail station in North Philadelphia.

With SEPTA trains rumbling behind him, Mayor Nutter hailed the development as one of the city's biggest efforts to promote a lifestyle in which people can walk, ride bikes, or take public transportation.

"It's going to be a model not only throughout the city but nationally," Nutter predicted.

He said the construction, which will take 18 months and begin in the second half of next year, will create 400 jobs.

The site is a Philadelphia Gas Works parking lot, next to the station at 915 W. Berks St. Artists' renderings show a five-story building with "green" roofs covered in plants that will help make the project more energy-efficient.

The Temple station is one of the city's busiest, with access to many train routes. Planners hope that the station's proximity to the proposed $48 million development will allow residents to use fewer cars.

"Philadelphia, with its existing infrastructure of trains and transit, is a good candidate for transit-oriented development," said Paul Freitag, director of development for Jonathan Rose Cos., the New York firm that is overseeing the project. Transit-oriented development refers to the creation of compact, walkable communities centered around public transportation.

Nilda Ruiz, president of Asociacion Puertorriqueños en Marcha, the Philadelphia neighborhood development group that is a partner in the project, said she had been trying to get it off the ground for 10 years, but it didn't come together until this year.

"It's very exciting," she said. "I was born and raised in Philadelphia, and I remember what this neighborhood was like, with glass on the ground. People just drove by on I-676 or I-95. You didn't have to come here."

Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) secured $487,000 in federal economic development money for the project.

The rest of the funding was a mix of private, state, and federal money. The Citi Foundation, a nonprofit arm of banking giant Citigroup, provided a $125,000 grant.

Of the 164 units, at least 44 will be for affordable housing. Developers hope to include a cafe, medical offices, and other amenities in the retail portion of the venture.
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Oh god, they actually approved AT&T station.
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lol whats next, 30th Street Station to become Burger King Station?
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Will the station go back to Pattison after 5 years? I don't know about other people, but just because the station is named "AT&T" doesn't make me go out and buy their products. That kind of advertising does nothing for me.
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Will the station go back to Pattison after 5 years? I don't know about other people, but just because the station is named "AT&T" doesn't make me go out and buy their products. That kind of advertising does nothing for me.
It's subliminal marketing. The point is brand awareness. Large companies do this with stadiums, buildings, event names, etc. so it's not a new concept. Sponsoring the name of a subway station isn't as common though.
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Giving a brand name to a station is the worst thing one could ever done.
A station MUST refer to a particular street or area, it's not a Stadium.

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