Yesterday, at approximately 8:10 AM E.S.T., a collision occurred on the Market-Frankford line involving out-of-service trains on the turnaround loop west of 69th Street Terminal. Service to 69th Street has been restored, but the line will be even more short on cars for an indefinite time. If you use the El during peak travel hours, you should expect minor delays and crowded trains today and the rest of the week, if not longer. We recommend you avoid the El and use the Subway-Surface trolleys if you’re traveling between Center City and University City.
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Several regional media outlets are reporting that SEPTA has discovered cracks in the support system of the Market Frankford Line rail vehicles, resulting in two rail vehicles being removed from service. SEPTA has indicated via Twitter that approximately 1/3 of the Market Frankford Line fleet would be withdrawn for further inspections, resulting in reduced service on Monday. Additional bus service will augment the Market Frankford Line.
Though unrelated, it is reminiscent of the problems that plagued Regional Rail Division vehicles during the summer of 2016.
For more information:
Market Frankford Line – Supplemental Bus Service
El car cracks mean more delays for SEPTA