STRIKE WARNING: SEPTA Regional Rail

It is the duty of this blog to forecast that the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, Division 71, will commence a strike action against SEPTA’s Regional Rail Division tonight at 12:01 am. What remains unclear is how long the BLET will remain off the job. Under the Railway Labor Act, President Obama may, at …

A bicyclist’s guide to Delaware Carmageddon

As the I-495 bridge closure passes its third day with not even a hint from DelDOT that they are considering expanding transit service, Reddit user /u/wild-tangent has created an excellent overview of bike facilities in Northern New Castle County, especially those that interface with SEPTA Regional Rail stations. Check it out. If you use Reddit …

I-495 bridge closure: how to go around the snarl

Today has been a second consecutive day of traffic nightmare in Delaware, as the First State copes with the failure of the I-495 Christina River Bridge. While people making short trips to Wilmington or Philadelphia should switch to transit, those relying on the I-95 corridor for longer trips may not have such an easy alternative. …

Carmageddon Delaware: I-495 bridge to be closed “for weeks”.

DelDOT officials have confirmed what many suspected when Interstate 495 was closed late Monday after an inspection: shifting support pillars have left the Christina River Bridge unsafe to drive on, and the bridge will remain closed indefinitely until major repairs are complete. That means Interstate 495, the main highway link between Southeast Pennsylvania and points …

Strike Watch remains in effect, but resolution may be close

Shortly after my update on the state of play went up last night, TWU 234 president Willie Brown came out of the negotiation session saying that a deal for a short-term, two-year contract was “close”. Talks are scheduled to resume this morning at 11:00. In terms of an actual contract deal, I’m taking an “I’ll …

STRIKE WATCH: SEPTA City and Suburban Transit

Conditions are favorable for the development of negotiation breakdown capable of producing a strike. If deadlock has either produced a strike or radar has indicated intense walkout activity, then a Strike Warning will be issued. With City Transit Division contracts expired, and Suburban Transit Division contracts expiring Monday, this blog rates the probability of a …

Strike watch: City Transit Division

Conditions are favorable for the development of negotiation breakdown capable of producing a strike. If deadlock has either produced a strike or radar has indicated intense walkout activity, then a Strike Warning will be issued. With apologies to the National Weather Service, that’s really the only way to accurately describe the will-they-or-won’t-they situation of TWU …

Skeleton bus service and Regional Rail will limp on until 10:00p

@SicTransitPhila Why isn't there an snow bus network that we can implement? Should be able to keep the major N-S and E-W roads clear. — Tim (@apocalypsepony) February 13, 2014 Well, a few hours after this tweet, SEPTA came up with an answer to Tim’s question. SEPTA Routes 6, 14, 17, 21, 23, 52, 56, …

All SEPTA bus service suspended at 10:00a

Exactly what it says on the tin. This winter storm is hitting us with the top of the predicted range of snowfall totals, and the transitions to sleet are not helping matters on the roads. SEPTA has fought the good fight, but is bringing its bus fleet in off the road at 10:00a. The suspension …

OK, PATCO’s kind of fucked

I hate kicking someone while they’re down (unless the someone is the Dallas Cowboys or the Atlanta Braves) but man, PATCO is having a rough time of it, and it strengthens the argument that it needs to be killed and its corpse fed to SEPTA. Since January 18th, they’ve been running a limited schedule from …