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Historic female first for NJT Presidential Emergency Board
In a historic first, and in a rail industry whose labor and management leadership ranks long have been dominated by Caucasian males, the first all-female Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) in…
SEPTA to acquire ACS-64 electric locomotives
The board of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has approved the acquisition of up to 18 ACS-64 electric locomotives from Siemens as part of its budget for the 2015-16…
SEPTA places railway safety technology order
Protran Technology, a Harsco Rail company, has received an order for railway safety technology from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), operator of the sixth largest rail transit system by…
Rail service resuming after blizzard
Most of the Northeast’s passenger rail systems intentionally shut down late on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in anticipation of what was expected to be a severe winter storm. But by…
RailComm completes SEPTA installation
Fairport, N.Y.-based RailComm said it has "completed the installation of an advanced remote switch and third-rail heater control system for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority [SEPTA]."
"SEPTA Key" smart card to debut next year
Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) says its $130 million smart-card payment system, now dubbed "SEPTA Key," will be implemented on Philadelphia-area buses and subways beginning early next year, with implementation…
SEPTA sets "Trolley Tunnel Blitz"
SEPTA has announced an intense, concentrated "Trolley Tunnel Blitz" beginning Aug. 1, 2014 and continuing through early Aug. 18, in an "around-the-clock" endeavor to upgrade and improve infrastructure. Service will…
SEPTA braces for regional rail strike
SEPTA management appears willing to endure a strike to its regional rail system, possibly beginning this Saturday, June 14, 2014, rather than delay such action until winter, when weather is…
SEPTA tests all-night weekend service
Two rapid transit lines in Philadelphia will commence round-the-clock weekend service beginning June 15, 2014, as part of a pilot program initiated by Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA).
Two unions ponder SEPTA strike
Engineers employed by SEPTA's regional rail operations plan to vote on authorizing a strike against the five-county authority, the national office of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen said…
FTA releases comprehensive CBTC study
The Federal Transit Administration has published a Rail Transit Signal and Control Systems Research paper that provides “a comprehensive evaluation of CBTC technology.” The research project was conducted by Alan…
Navy yard subway link eyed for SEPTA
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) is urging a 1.5-mile extension of SEPTA's Broad Street subway line to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, the nation's oldest such facility, now redeveloped as an…
Pennsylvania passes transport funding measure
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has passed a $2.3 billion transportation package that raises the state gas tax and provides funding for rail operations in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and on Amtrak's Keystone…
SEPTA to add West Trenton Line capacity
A $10 million TIGER grant will allow SEPTA to add six miles of track capacity to its West Trenton Line, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch affirmed Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013.
SEPTA Route 10 trolley trackwork almost done
SEPTA says it is on schedule to complete a track renewal project on Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia between 40th and 44th streets, with work expected to be done by Aug.…
SEPTA affirms closure of Bridgeport Viaduct
SEPTA officially announced Wednesday, June 19, that it will close its Bridgeport Viaduct, a bridge spanning the Schuylkill River in Pennsylvania used by SEPTA's Norristown High Speed Line, beginning July…
Philadelphia transit tour: 14 rail lines in 10 hours
As I write this, it's been just a week since I returned from the recent annual Rail Transit Conference sponsored the first week of June by the American Public Transportation…
SEPTA receives Ritron digital locomotive radios
Carmel, Ind.-based Ritron, Inc. said Tuesday, June 11, 2013 it has delivered an order for 350 pieces of the Ritron NXDN digital locomotive radios to the Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority…
Engineer shortage hampers SEPTA operations
A shortage of qualified engineers is causing annulments of SEPTA regional rail service trains, with some SEPTA employees predicting the problem will become more acute.
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