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    • Devil's Pool in the fall (Credit: Gary Citrone)

Why "slippery rail season" ruins your commute

Note: It's that time of year again, when the leaves change color and blanket the ground in a variegated cover. This is a repost of an article we ran November…

    • The 5:05 Express to Norristown arrives at Suburban Station

“Excellent” transportation network driving force behind Philly’s pitch to Amazon

Like nearly every other city in North America, Philadelphia is putting the final touches on its bid to convince Amazon to build its second headquarters here ahead of Thursday’s deadline. The…

    • Passengers kicked out windows to flee a stopped SEPTA train after hearing a loud bang and fearing the worst

Equipment failure and a “loud bang” cause SEPTA riders to flee stopped Regional Rail train, shutting down Center City service

During rush hour Wednesday evening, SEPTA stopped all Regional Rail trains through Center City after some passengers on a stopped train jumped from it after hearing a loud bang. According to…

    • 30th Street station Regional Rail platform | A. Leonard Pundt

SEPTA riders overwhelmingly take the bus and subway. Why does Regional Rail receive more funding?

SEPTA’s Regional Rail network has been running on borrowed time. It carries about 11 percent of SEPTA straphangers in an aging fleet of rail cars, on legacy infrastructure with the system’s…

    • MBTA Rotem bi-level coaches

SEPTA to pick Massachusetts-based company to build bilevel railcars over Hyundai Rotem in South Philly

At its meeting next week, SEPTA’s board is expected to award CRRC MA Corporation a $137.5 million contract to build 45 bilevel railcars for Regional Rail. SEPTA picked the Chinese-owned company…

    • SEPTA Key

SEPTA Key makes its wide release this month, to debut on the Airport Line in April

Like an art house film with a lot of hype, SEPTA Key is finally going from limited release to wide distribution. SEPTA riders who have been clamoring to get their hands…

    • Evening rush hour at Suburban Station, July 5, 2016 | Emma Lee / WHYY

SEPTA announces extra buses to alleviate Regional Rail crunch

Beginning September 6, SEPTA will run supplemental express buses during the morning and evening rush hours on some of the Regional Rail lines hardest hit by the railcar shortage that has…

    • SEPTA Regional Rail (Emma Lee/NewsWorks)

SEPTA leases ten more railcars, new schedule begins Monday

Late Friday afternoon, SEPTA announced that ten more railcars have been leased from the Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) transportation authority. Five of the trains will arrive on Monday, and the…

    • Passengers at the Ardmore Station look up the tracks as a SEPTA train approaches. (Jonathan Wilson for Newsworks)

Silverliner silver lining: SEPTA leases trains to ease Regional Rail crunch, which will last past Labor Day

It’s great to have good neighbors, someone whose door you can knock on unexpectedly to borrow a cup of sugar. Thankfully for SEPTA and its Regional Rail riders, SEPTA has some…

    • SEPTA's new Silverliner V cars helped boost on-time performance

SEPTA to reduce regional rail service through August due to train defect

It may be hard for some regular riders to believe, but SEPTA’s regional rail service is about to get even more packed, thanks to a train defect that has taken nearly…

    • The NTSB Go Team arrives on the scene of the Amtrak Train #188 Derailment in Philadelphia, PA.  // NTSB

One year after Amtrak 188 derailment, where does the region stand on Positive Train Control?

Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the Amtrak 188 derailment in North Philadelphia. The crash, which killed eight and injured hundreds more, could have been prevented by a new safety technology…

    • Rendering of rehabilitated Levittown Station

SEPTA sues Tullytown Borough over delays to Levittown Station rehab

SEPTA filed a lawsuit Thursday against Tullytown in lower Bucks County, alleging that the tiny Borough has tried to impose unlawful local taxes, fees and regulatory costs on the transit authority’s…

    • Next Rotem will build 75 rail cars for Boston's MBTA and 56 rail cars for Denver's transit system

SEPTA to overhaul 11 more regional rail cars in South Philly for $6.28 million

SEPTA’s Board approved a contract with Hyundai-Rotem last week to rehabilitate 11 Bombardier regional rail cars for $6.28 million. The work will be performed at Hyundai-Rotem’s South Philadelphia factory, which was…

    • With more than 100 Silverliner Vs on track, regional rail advocates can focus more attention on passenger experience

SEPTA extends late-ish regional rail service to Wilmington

Delaware day-trippers and denizens: rejoice! SEPTA will soon start running late-night trains to and from Wilmington. Currently, the last train out of Philly on the Newark/Wilmington line terminates at Marcus Hook.…

    • Pope Francis

PopeBus to provide park-and-ride service to SEPTA regional rail stations for papal visit

Move over, Popemobile! The PopeBus is coming to town. More specifically, dozens of PopeBuses will be coming to over 50 towns across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland to pick up…

    • Updated SEPTA Regional Rail & Rail Transit Papal Visit Map

SEPTA to hold online lottery for Papal Regional Rail passes Aug. 3rd

Should I pray to St. Christopher, the patron saint of travel, or Saint Cajetan, the patron saint of gamblers? That’s the question devout Catholics hoping to take SEPTA Regional Rail…

    • With more than 100 Silverliner Vs on track, regional rail advocates can focus more attention on passenger experience

SEPTA races to comply with federal law that other transit authorities ignore

SEPTA is on pace to meet a federal mandate to implement a safety system known as Positive Train Control (PTC) by the end of this year.  If it does, it will…

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