Thursday, May 2, 2013
Jody Holton comes from SEPTA, where she was a long range planning manager.
Thursday, May 2
From Montgomery County: The Montgomery County commissioners today announced the appointment of Jody L. Holton, AICP, as the new executive director of the county Planning Commission. Holton comes to Montgomery County from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), where she was manager of long range planning. She has more than a decade of experience as a project manager and planner for a wide range of projects, many of them in Montgomery County. "We are extremely happy to have Jody assume the leadership of our planning commission," said Commissioner Leslie Richards. "She has a broad range of talents as a leader, manager and planner and she has the personality, understanding and vision to maximize the immense talents of…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
SEPTA is reportedly proposing ride limits on monthly and weekly passes when it's new payment system takes effect next year.
SEPTA held a series of public meetings (including one in Norristown last week) to spread the word about its new payment system and new zone maps scheduled to go into effect in July 2014. While many riders have heard of the proposed fare hikes, the new zones and the new "smart card" system, another new change may also be in the works – ride limits on weekly and monthly passes. According to PlanPhilly, SEPTA is also proposing capping weekly TransPasses at 50 rides and monthly passes at 200 rides. The limits would go into effect in July 2014 along with the other proposed changes. A SEPTA official told PlanPhilly the authority hopes the limits will cut down on pass sharing among commuters. "There [are] probably some offices that have an …
Friday, April 19, 2013
Police spotted the 50-year-old man in the buff on a local train platform.
The weather on Wednesday was beautiful to be sure, and while many of us may have wanted to lose a few layers and soak in the sun, one man took it a bit to far. According to a report from the Norristown Police Department, officers passing by the Elm Street SEPTA station in Norristown just after 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, noticed a white male standing naked on the platform. Police approached the 50-year-old Norristown man and, upon seeing the officers, he quickly redressed himself. The nature lover was cited for disorderly conduct on the scene and was released.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
SEPTA personnel will be on hand this afternoon and tonight at the Montgomery County Human Services Center to discuss fare hikes and the new payment system.
SEPTA has planned a series of public hearings in April to educate riders on the upcoming fare hikes and the planned new payment system. Hearings are scheduled to take place today, Tuesday, April 16 at 2 and 6 p.m. at the Montgomery County Human Services Center, 1430 DeKalb Pike in Norristown. Proposed rate hikes are set to go into effect on July 1, and the transit authority's new "smart card" system will likely role out sometime this fall. The smart cards are part of SEPTA's efforts to simplify fares and introduce an "open" payment and collection system under their New Payment Technology (NPT) program. In addition, extra-fare zone charges will be eliminated on dozens of transit routes and there would be some consolidation of Regional Rail …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
SEPTA officials confirm that trains are once again up and running between Conshohocken and Norristown on the Regional Rail Line.
SEPTA released the following alert at 2:25 p.m.: Full train service from Center City to Elm Street Station has been restored on SEPTA’s Manayunk/Norristown Line. Service on the line had affected due to downed wires. Related Stories SEPTA Train Pulls Down Live Wires Rescue Efforts in SEPTA Downed Wire Incident in Norristown Detailed
Norristown Fire Chief Thomas O'Donnell gives an update on the incident and details rescue efforts underway this afternoon.
Authorities are still dealing with the SEPTA Regional Rail line that was disabled when it knocked down a live wire at the crossing at Ford and Washington Streets in Norristown at approximately 10:35 a.m. Tuesday morning. SEPTA officials confirm the wire in question was a telephone line. The train was disabled in the incident and passengers were stuck on the train for close to an hour while responders dealt with an electrical fire along Washington Street caused by the down line, according to Norristown Fire Chief Thomas O'Donnell. A driver waiting at the crossing at the time the line came down was trapped in his car by the incident, and several firefighters training in the area at the time were blocked in by the live wire as well. …
Train passengers and others were safely evacuated from the area, but rail service was suspended in the area four nearly four hours.
UPDATE: [04/10/13; 12:10 a.m.] SEPTA's Manayunk/Norristown Regional Rail line was disabled for nearly four hours on Tuesday after the train knocked down wires going through the Ford Street crossing at East Washington Street. The incident occurred sometime around 10:30 a.m., and according to Norristown Fire Chief Thomas O'Donnell, the downed wires ignited a fire along Washington Street heading towards the industrial businesses in the area. Wires also electrified a fence at the sewage treatment plant and trapped a man inside his car at the crossing. Firefighters who were training in the area at the time of the incident were also trapped by downed wires for a time. More than two dozen passengers on the train at the time of the incident were …
Friday, March 22, 2013
Buses will ferry passengers between the Elm Street and Wissahickon stations on the line while crews complete track and signal maintenance.
According to SEPTA, regional rail service along the Manayunk/Norristown Line will be suspended this weekend between the Elm Street Station in Norristown and the Wissahickon Station in Philadelphia while crews complete track and signal work. During the service interruption, shuttle buses will ferry passengers between the affected stops. Passengers travelling to Philadelphia from the Elm Street station should plan to board shuttle buses 32 minutes before the regularly scheduled train times. The buses will make stops at the Main Street, Norristown Transportation Center, Conshohocken, and Spring Mill stations before heading directly to the Wissahickon Station. Shuttle busses will not travel to the Miquon, Manayunk or Ivy Ridge stations. …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Norristown Police Chief Willie Richet reports that his officer responded to the scene and did not find evidence of a shooting. The scene is clear.
Norristown Police and emergency medical services responded to a call for a shooting at approximately 9:10 p.m. at the Norristown Transportation Center at Lafayette and Swede streets Wednesday night. Interim Police Chief Willie Richet reported that his officers arrived on the scene and found nothing to indicate a shooting or a victim. Officers cleared the call quickly. --- Original story: Details are few so far, but police and EMS have responded to a call at 9:10 p.m. for a shooting at the Norristown Transportation Center at Lafayette and Swede streets in Norristown. No official reports are available, but a call for an ambulance for one possible shooting victim could be heard on police radio. No word yet on the severity of the injury. …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
A SEPTA official does not know when train service will resume; alternative routes are available online.
Wednesday AM Update: SEPTA train service is running as scheduled. Original Story: SEPTA train service along the Manayunk/Norristown line has been suspended due to police activity along the route, according to a SEPTA official. The SEPTA website provides alternate routes to all stations in the event of service outages. By clicking here, users can find alternate routes to and from Philadelphia. To check on the status of the Manayunk/Norristown Line, look for "alerts" on the SEPTA website.