Second verse, same as the first

Unfortunately a day after the storm is not enough to bring Philadelphia out of its persisting transport woes. The winter storm that dropped a foot of snow on the Delaware Valley yesterday has left the city in the throes of bitter cold, and fine, powdery, blowing, drifting snow; both of those conditions are strongly counterindicated …

In the land of the unmoving, a limping transit system is king

Philadelphia had a rough day today, as up to a foot of snow fell on most of the region in a storm that arrived faster and lingered longer than initial forecasts had predicted. As the deep Arctic freeze settles in for the night, it’s worth commending SEPTA and PATCO, while they took considerable lumps, for …

One more trip around the sun

Happy New Year! Time to ring in 2014 with a whole palletload of service changes! SEPTA Transit is on a Modified Weekday schedule today, and detours related to setup for the Mummers Parade will start at 10:00am. Extra trips will run on the El and Subway at around 7:00pm and midnight for those going to …

Bridgeport viaduct reopens today as capital funding becomes grave crisis

It is 4:45am. The first northbound Norristown High Speed Line (NHSL) train in revenue service is about to cross the Bridgeport viaduct into Norristown, ending a four month closure for critical repair work. NHSL Norristown riders can breathe a sigh of relief, with cumbersome shuttle busing no longer part of their daily routine. But as …

Weekend Update, October 5-6

Happy weekend! With everybody’s attention riveted to the ongoing Federal Government Shutdown, here’s what you need to know if you’re planning to distract yourself with a day out this weekend. Lansdale/Doylestown is bustituting between Lansdale and Doylestown for catenary work. Shuttle bus schedule here. This is third of seven planned work weekends. Media/Elwyn is once …

Weekend Update

Happy weekend! Pennsylvania’s SB1 Transportation funding bill may be back from the dead; I’ll have more by tomorrow morning, or you can look in on the Pittsburgh Comet or Keystone Politics for the fast update, or if you’ve forgotten what SB1 actually does, there’s the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from June. Meanwhile, we have a big weekend …

Labor Day service advisory reminders

Good morning, and happy Labor Day! Just a quick roundup of service changes for the holiday: SEPTA Transit and Regional Rail are running Sunday schedules today. Trolley service is restored on Route 10, and Route 15 west of SugarHouse Loop. New transit schedules are in effect as of yesterday. Bus detours related to the Made …

Bus detours for Made in America start today, Extra El/Subway/RRD service Sat and Sun

The Made in America festival is back in town this weekend, with Beyonce headlining on Saturday and Nine Inch Nails headlining Sunday. Due to road closures around the Ben Franklin Parkway, SEPTA is detouring six bus routes away from the festival area, broadly defined as Market to Girard, 16th to the Schuylkill, beginning at 5:00 …

Weekend shuttle busing on the Chestnut Hill Line continues

Tomorrow and Sunday will be the second weekend out of six of bustitution on the Chestnut Hill West Line for a track maintenance blitz. Catching up to this project six days after it’s started disrupting travel is a new low for timeliness on this blog, which I’m sure that this summer-of-moving will see surpassed, ironically …

NHSL Bridgeport Viaduct closes tonight for at least four months: what you should know

The Bridgeport Viaduct, which carries the Norristown High Speed Line over the Schuylkill River between its namesake borough and Norristown Transportation Center, is in bad shape. Bad enough that SEPTA announced last December that it does not believe it will be safe to ride over after this summer, unless repairs are started pronto. Unfortunately, the …