Saturday, December 28, 2002
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 18:19
Monday, December 23, 2002
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 16:37
Friday, December 20, 2002
SEPTA blames fallen leaves for last month's abysmal on-time record. Environmentalists decry insensitive remarks; general manager appears on Discovery Channel to apologize.
For once SEPTA has it right as several rail lines were impacted because of slippery rail conditions (especially the R5 Paoli Thorndale line, where the #591 train was routinely 10-15 minutes late getting into Thorndale). Here's my problem: City Paper should know that "Fearless Leader" wouldn't be the one making the apology. That job would go to SEPTA's chief spokesman/apologist/liar Richard Maloney, as "Fearless Leader" does a better job ducking the media than Andy Reid. And we all know that "The Big Guy" ( (C) Bob Grotz of the Daily Times) has a far better track record coaching the Iggles than "Fearless Leader" has done at SEPTA.
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 14:17
Thursday, December 19, 2002
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 12:14
Tuesday, December 17, 2002
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 14:02
Monday, December 16, 2002
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 09:42
Sunday, December 15, 2002
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 16:58
Friday, December 13, 2002
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 15:00
Sunday, December 08, 2002
At the same time the subway-surface tunnel went out of service, an eastbound El train was taken out of service due to a door problem on car 1048. Siffuce to say that the next El train was very overcrowded.
Additionally, over the past 2-3 days, there have been numerous problems reported along Baltimore Av, with shuttle buses filling in for trolleys on the 34 off and on.
SEPTA wants to begin construction by 2003 and have the service running by 2007. The service would have stops in Phoenixville, Royersford, Pottstown, King of Prussia and other suburbs northwest of the city with major commuter traffic problems.
2007? What planet is SEPTA on if they think they can get this "Metrorail" mode built by 2007? Remember that neither Delaware County nor Bucks County has given a full committment to Schuylkill Valley, and there's a strong shot that Delaware County could derail this plan, unless they get something tangible in return (read: a full restoration of the R3 Elwyn line to Wawa and West Chester).
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 20:07
Saturday, December 07, 2002
The Inquirer article also notes that while Emperor Street's change of heart on Schuylkill Valley could increase the boondoggle's chances in Washington and Harrisburg, the wild cards in this matter are the continued luke warm reactions from Bucks County and Delaware County. Bucks County seems to have two advantages to turn the tide in favor of Schuylkill Valley: (1) SEPTA Board Chairman/Radio Impresarior/Turnpike Commissioner/Land Developer Extraordinaire and All-Around Arrogant Tyrant Pasquale T. Deon Sr. seems to be SEPTA's second biggest cheerleader for the MetroRail boondoggle (behind Fearless Leader, natch); (2) Gov. Really Lame Duck (Mark Schwieker) - a Lower Bucks native - is the new president of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, which is planning to merge with GPF, which is one of the biggest SVM boosters; and (3) Bucks County stands to see more boondoggle bucks if and when the Cross County MetroRail boondoggle ($1.2 billion and counting) is ever built.
Meanwhile, I wouldn't expect Delaware County to suddenly become enthusiastic over Schuylkill Valley anytime soon. Even though a P&W extension to King of Prussia would obstensively benefit Delaware County, the entire project would be built in Montgomery County. Plus, the extension of the R3 Elwyn line to Wawa (the now inactive station located on US 1 in Chester Heights) has seemingly been pushed to the back-burner, as has potential further restoration to West Chester. No offense to Delaware County's two board members - Tom Babcock and Tom Killion, both of whom seem to have the best interest of their consituencies - but where's Wally Nunn when you need him? I highly doubt MetroRail would even be on the radar screen for either Cross County or Schuylkill Valley if Nunn were still active within the SEPTA Board.
Long story short, at a time when property taxes are skyrocketing within Philadelphia, Emperor Street couldn't have picked a worse message to send to most city residents (save for those in the Manayunk area, where the SVM would operate) that the city is behind a $2 billion boondoggle that would mainly benefit Berks and Montgomery Counties (and have a token impact on Chester County).
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 11:30
Friday, December 06, 2002
- The R2 Warminster Line suffered delays due to downed wires near 9 St and Girard, right near the portal entering Market East Station. The incident occured at around 4:00pm. Service on the R7 Chestnut Hill East line was also affected by the downed wires
- Despite reports that buses were running about 15 to 20 minutes late, during the tail end of the AM peak, the 92/133 was running at least 30 to 40 minutes late
- The 101 Media trolley is still running buses as of 2:00pm Friday due to impassible conditions on State St in downtown Media
- A passenger suffered a head laceration after getting off an R3 train at Primos. The victim was transported to Delaware County Memorial Hospital in Drexel Hill, though neither his condition nor his name was released.
Still, SEPTA's decision to offer only generic transit updates instead of detailed detour information hasn't sat well with too many people.
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 14:07
Thursday, December 05, 2002
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 17:40
Wednesday, December 04, 2002
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 18:50
Monday, December 02, 2002
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 19:46
Sunday, December 01, 2002
As a result, SEPTA is running buses along the 10 route between Malvern Loop and 36-Lancaster with a diversion around the accident scene via 51 St, Merion Av, and 50 St. At least 4 buses from Callowhill were confirmed to be covering the shuttle - 3083, 3433, 5428, and 5431. Three LRVs are effectively cut off from Elmwood Depot until PECO Energy repairs the pole. 9069 (or whatever number it is) was seen laying over at 53 St between Lancaster and Lansdowne; 9029 (8053 block) was stuck at 51-Lancaster - directly behind the accident scene, and 9032 (8055 block) which was still at Malvern Loop. At last report, service was expected to be restored by mid-afternoon.
Posted by Creighton Rabs at 13:46