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 SEPTA has indicated via Twitter that approximately 1/3 of the Market Frankford Line fleet would be withdrawn for further inspections, resulting in reduced service on Monday.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
Jarrett Walker, transit industry consultant and author of the Human Transit website, will present “Transit Network Lecture – Abundant Access: Public Transit as an Instrument of Freedom” at the University of Pennsylvania on Monday, December 5th. Participants are required to register in advance.
Mr. Walker’s posts are informative, sometimes counter-intuitive, and certainly make for interesting reading. Per his website, Mr. Walker is coming to Philadelphia at the invitation of SEPTA. In addition to the public lecture, he will engage with SEPTA staff through workshop presentations.
For more information and to register, follow this link:
SEPTA has activated the Travel Wallet function associated with the Key fare implement. The process to begin the withdrawl of SEPTA tokens will begin in the near future. SEPTA has a page dedicated to Frequently Asked Questions acccesible via the link below:
SEPTA will be offering prorated refunds on the unused value of weekly and monthly TransPasses for the period of the TWU 234 strike. Eligible TransPasses can be exchanged at SEPTA sales offices or retail locations for credit toward future fare purchases.
For more information, see the link below:
How to get a credit for your unused SEPTA pass
Per several media outlets, a tentative agreement between SEPTA and Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 234 was announced at approximately 4:00 AM this morning. The deal must be approved by the SEPTA Board and TWU 234 membership before final acceptance. Riders should be advised that complete restoration of service will not be instantaneous; the process will be gradual due to several operational issues.
See below for more information:
SEPTA: Deal reached to end strike — (Philly.com)
As predicted, the SEPTA employees of the City Transit Division (represented by the +5,000 member Transport Workers Union Local 234) initiated a work stoppage at 12:01 A.M. this morning.
All riders should follow the weblinks found in the previous post for alternatives. Riders are advised to allow extra time for commutes, especially involving SEPTA Regional Rail Divison services, which could experience overcrowding similar to the levels associated with the removal of Silverliner V rail vehicles from service during the summer. Dwell time at stations could increase as larger numbers of passengers attempt to board trains, resulting in delays. TWU picketing may impact passenger movement as well.
November 1st marks the expiration date of the contract between SEPTA and unionized employees of the City Transit Divison. These employees are represented by Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 234. Negotiations are occurring, but no agreement has been reached. Union officials have indicated that a strike would occur without a tentative agreement prior to the contract expiration. The atmosphere surrounding labor negotiations can be extremely fluid, however, and circumstances can change with limited advance notice.
This Link — 2016 Service Interruption Information — details current SEPTA plans in the event of a strike. As the situation develops, the information on the SEPTA website may be updated. Riders are advised to remain aware of changing conditions that may occur without notice. The Suburban Transit and Regional Rail divisions will continue to operate, but may be impacted by extra passengers and TWU activities.
Non-SEPTA operators (PATCO, NJ Transit, etc.) should not be impacted.
This PlanPhilly article — SEPTA publishes Service Interruption Guide to ready transit riders for looming strike — contains additional information.
The next round public workshops to gain input for future Roosevelt Boulevard improvements will be held later this month:
Tuesday, October 25, 6:00 – 8:00PM at The Waterfall Room, 2791 Southampton Road, Philadelphia, PA.
Wednesday, October 26, 6:00 – 8:00PM at The Regal Ballroom, 5411 Oxford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA.
Thursday, October 27, 6:00 – 8:00PM at Little Flower High School, 1000 W. Lycoming Street, Philadelphia, PA.
More information is available at the following links: