News, rumors, and other information on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
Wednesday, October 23, 2002
R2 service on the Marcus Hook/Wilmington branch was delayed after a trespasser was struck and killed by an New York-bound Amtrak train. The incident occured at around 10:30am near the Crum Lynne station when an unidentified man was walking southbound (towards Wilmington) on the northbound tracks, and was struck by Amtrak's Metroliner #106. Ridley Park police told NBC 10 that victim made no attempt to get out of the way of the Metroliner as it was en route to Penn Station/New York. Several trains, including Acela Regional #174 and #184 and Metroliner #108, along with SEPTA #9234 to Market East, were delayed while Ridley Park and Amtrak Police investigated. Service was restored by 2:00pm.
SEPTA is planning to make life miserable in 2005 and 2006 for residents along Market St in West Philadelphia (then again, SEPTA tends to make life miserable for virtually everyone to begin with). According to KYW 3, there will be five scheduled outages along the west end of the El lasting nine days each. The first two outages will take place in the summer of 2005, two more will take place in the summer of 2006, and the final one will take place in the summer of 2007. Additionally, the cost of reconstructing the El structure is increasing from $420 million to $567 million, due in part to an increase in steel prices.