Thursday, October 31, 2002
Wednesday, October 30, 2002
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 19:51
Monday, October 28, 2002
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 13:17
Thursday, October 24, 2002
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 11:04
Wednesday, October 23, 2002
Tuesday, October 22, 2002
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 20:56
Monday, October 21, 2002
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 16:01
Sunday, October 20, 2002
Several passengers had noted that there appeared to be fewer trains operating today, despite promises of 10 minute service from Fern Rock. When asked about the apparent lack of trains on the Broad Street Line, the supervisor - whose arrogant attitude probably means he's a closet Cowboys fan - denied that there were missing trains. When I mentioned that the train I was was stalled at Walnut-Locust, his attitude worsened. In other words, there's an assistant's job to Richard Maloney waiting for him if he ever decides to take a desk job at 1234 Market. If you think it's bad this season, wait until next season when the new Eagles Stadium opens and the Eagles and Phillies are playing at once (unfortunately, the Vet will still be open next season) when parking will be worse than it is now. If there ever was an arguement in favor of adding express buses from outlying areas (Frankford, 69 St Terminal, Cornwells Heights, Springfield Mall, Granite Run Mall, West Chester, King of Prussia, Lawrence Park, etc.), today's fiasco would certainly qualify.
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 21:45
Friday, October 18, 2002
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 17:10
Thursday, October 17, 2002
This new line is half the price of [Schuylkill Valley], but will still cost almost $1 billion, and is not as sorely needed. Can't we tackle one massive rail line at a time? Can we maybe prioritize? The area has had enough trouble securing money for one rail line, it won't be easy to come up with money for two.
If it weren't for the sometimes dirty politics at SEPTA, someone should hire this guy...
- Buses will depart from 30-Market Sts, then operate via Market, stopping at 16-Market for Suburban Station, then via Market, 15 St, S Penn Sq, Juniper, and Filbert to 11-Filbert (across from Greyhound Bus Terminal).
- The return trip will depart from 11-Filbert, then via Filbert, 10 St, Market St, Juniper, and JFK Blvd to 16 St (for Suburban Station), then via JFK Blvd, 20 St, Market (stopping at 30 St), then loop back to 30-Market via Market, 32 St, JFK Blvd, and 30 St.
- Ex-RDG side lines will stop at Market East and Suburban; ex-PRR lines will stop at 30 St.
- The R1 Airport Line will operate with shuttle buses between University City and Eastwick with a very strange routing. Buses will depart from University City, then operate via Convention Av, South St, 33 St, Chestnut St, Schuylkill Av/29 St, Arch St, 30 St, and into the station driveway itself. From 30 St, the R1 bus will operate via 30 St, Market, 16 St (stop at 16-JFK), Race St, 10 St (stop at 10 St between Filbert and Market), Market St, and I-95 to the Airport. From the Airport to Eastwick, the shuttle will operate via the Departures lane, then via the 37/108/305 routing to Eastwick Station.
- The return trip from Eastwick to University City will operate via Bartram Av, PA 291, the Airport Arrivals lane, I-95, I-676, 8 St exit to Vine St, 10 St (stop at 10 St between Filbert and Market), Market St, Juniper, JFK Blvd (stop at 16-JFK), 29 St, Arch St, 30 St (into Amtrak 30 St Station), JFK Blvd, 32 St, Market St, 34 St, and Convention Av to University City.
Now, for whatever reason, SEPTA decided not to operate from Market East to the Airport via University City and Eastwick, but instead decided to operate from University City to Eastwick via Center City and the Airport. Of course, it would make sense to go east to west through Center City, but remember, this is SEPTA we're talking about.
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 20:02
Wednesday, October 16, 2002
- SEPTA won't improve service on key Red Arrow lines (in addition to the 104's problems, both the 108 and 113 are chronically overcrowded on Sundays, when service operates only once an hour);
- SEPTA can't be bothered to come up with some sort of marketing slogan (a la DART First State's "Getting there starts here" or NJ Transit's "The way to go" or even WMATA's "Metro Opens Doors") without help from the Center City District's Central Philadelphia TMA;
- SEPTA practically caved in to a handful of NIMBYs in Norwood after they whined to their Borough Council and State Rep. Ron Raymond (R-162) about extending the 115 to MacDade Mall via Winona Av, thus forcing SEPTA to create a longer routing via Primos Av in Folcroft and South Av in Glenolden, not to mention the initial inconvenience of 30-45 minute layovers at Darby en route to Delmar Village;
- SEPTA is practically railroading (pun somewhat intended) two boondoggle projects with a combined $2.7 BILLION pricetag when they can be built less expensively, thus mortaging the future on two lines which are seemingly only being built to please TPTB at Norristown Courthouse at the expense of other projects in the region (restoring Regional Rail service to West Chester, Quakertown, and Newtown (Bucks), as well as the proposed Roosevelt Blvd rapid transit corridor); and
- SEPTA has failed to address the sporadic and scaringly frequent operator and vehicle shortages in the suburbs.
But, "Fearless Leader" has managed to take time out of running the 5th largest transit system in the nation to express concern about how the behind the scenes employees at 1234 Market (not just management, but also dispatchers and other control center personnel) are dressed. It must have been a real slow day for "Fearless Leader" to make such a big deal out of it.
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 19:05
Tuesday, October 15, 2002
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 19:13
Monday, October 14, 2002
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 20:19
Sunday, October 13, 2002
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 19:59
Wednesday, October 09, 2002
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 18:54
Monday, October 07, 2002
A transit police officer learned a lesson of another kind during the drill. The publication says that had it been a real gas attack he would have entered the "control area" too quickly to try to render assistance. An organizer of the drill walked up to him and said: "You're dead."
Nice to know that my fare dollars are going towards top of the line training of our transit police officers...
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 20:42
Saturday, October 05, 2002
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 11:09
Thursday, October 03, 2002
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 22:49
Tuesday, October 01, 2002
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 22:40
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 17:40
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 17:38
SEPTA's initial plan was to operate buses between 13 St and 33 St with tracklesses operating between Front and 23 St. Because of the tight turns onto 13 St, that proposal would not appear to be an option. Another option that was considered was to reroute the tracklesses on Tasker between 29 and 32 Sts, which would require (1) new overhead along 29 St between Tasker and Morris, (2) two-way operation along Tasker, which is one-way in the westbound direction, resulting in the loss of parking in that stretch (and if there's one thing people in South Philly get fired up over, it's the loss of even a single parking space) and (3) new overhead along Tasker on the eastbound side of the street. So far, neither of these options appear to be feasible.
The planned bus substitution would start as early as the February 2003 sign-ups, and last for at least 3 years. It's probable, given SEPTA's past history towards streetcars and trackless trolleys (see the 15/23/56 controversy), that this long-term "substitution" could spell the beginning of the end for electric trackless trolley service in the City of Philadelphia, if the "temporary bus substitution" in Northeast Philadelphia hasn't hastened this already. (ORIGINALLY POSTED SEPTEMBER 19)
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 17:36
Then, to make matters worse, switch failures at Newtown Junction caused further delays to Fox Chase and West Trenton line trains. The system was entirely halted at around 11:00am, when the Centralized Train Control system failed.
Instead of holding trains north of Melrose Park and diverting passengers to either shuttle buses or alternate transit lines (passengers could easily have been placed on shuttle buses at Jenkintown, or directed to the 22 bus at Glenside or 55 bus in downtown Jenkintown for connections to Olney Terminal and connections to the Broad Street Line). This resulted in delays of up to 3 hours throughout the entire system, with most of the delays focused on the Glenside-Center City trunk line. Service was restored to normal sometime before the PM peak period.
SEPTA's AGM for Operations Patrick Nowakowski called the September 9 fiascos "the worst day on the railroad in 20 or 30 years." He also noted that had maintenance done its job properly the night before, "most people would have been looking at one-hour delays." DUH! Maybe if SEPTA hired some REAL railroad professionals to manage the Regional Rail system instead of plucking people with "transit" experience, SEPTA's Regional Rail might not be the laughing stock of the industry. (ORIGINALLY POSTED SEPTEMBER 10/UPDATED SEPTEMBER 19)
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 17:31
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 17:24
Welcome to the newly restructured SEPTA News Page. As you may have noticed, the format for the news page has been altered a little bit. I'm experimenting with something called a "blogger", which is essentially a web log. SEPTA news and information will be posted here on a trial basis. Be assured that the guestbook will remain open during this time. Thank you again for visiting the Frankford Terminal web site!
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 17:13