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…
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Three sought in grocery store thefts, high school student seriously hurt in crash also make headlines.
Saturday, February 9
The 20-year-old victim was trying to hop a fence separating the two tracks on Thursday evening when he was struck by a westbound train. The senior at the regional Catholic high school in Upper Providence Township was on her way home through Limerick Township when she was involved in a head-on collision. A Lansdale Borough Police officer fired in June 2010 for failing to appear at a preliminary hearing — and allegedly lying during Loudermill hearings with borough police officials and administrators as to why he missed the hearing — had his job reinstated by a Montgomery County Common Pleas Court judge in January. The borough is appealing. A car traveling along the Pennsylvania Turnpike lost control and ended up falling 65 feet below, …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
There are few details, but a SEPTA representative confirmed that a man died at the station Thursday night.
A man apparently died at the North Hills train station Thursday night. Abington and SEPTA police, and EMS staff were on the scene at the train station in the North Hills section of Abington. A SEPTA representative said the man—who has not yet been identified—was struck by a train at about 6:15 p.m. “A man was killed by a Lansdale-Doylestown regional rail train coming from Center City and heading toward Doylestown,” Andrew Busch, a spokesman for SEPTA said. A white sheet covered the man, who was laying several feet from the northbound tracks; there were several puddles of blood on the platform. The body was loaded into a Montgomery County Coroner’s van at about 8:15 p.m. The coroner and a SEPTA Police Lieutenant both declined to comment. …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Some changes coming to SEPTA bus routes 132 and 94, but evening and weekend service will continue.
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Wednesday, January 2
After two hearings were held in September regarding two SEPTA bus routes, one that services the Montgomery Mall and one that services Montgomery County Community College, SEPTA has announced that "service will be preserved on both routes, albeit with some changes that will be implemented on Feb. 17," according to a report in The Reporter. According to the press release from SEPTA, SEPTA re-evaluated the proposal and the new "plan retain trips that serve the needs of the evening shift workers and Community College students." SEPTA expects that passengers should see minimal or no change in their service, however, the most change in the schedule is on Sundays when bus frequencies are limited at times of lower ridership. For bus route 94, …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Due to slippery rail conditions, regional rail lines are experiencing delays.
SEPTA's Regional Rail Service may experience possible delays today due to slippery rail conditions. Monitor delays and alerts for the Lansdale/Doylestown Line, which stops in Ambler, Gwynedd Valley, and Fort Washington - as well as the Norristown Line, on SEPTA's website.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
PHL International Airport, rail and bus services gradually returning to normal schedules
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
As Sandy completed its transition from coastal hurricane to winter storm Tuesday night, the frozen Northeast mass transit infrastructure it left in its wake had begun to thaw out. Following one of the largest disruptions of the U.S. aviation system since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Delta Airlines and other carriers resumed flights in and out of Philadelphia International Airport on Tuesday afternoon. US Airways, the airport's biggest tenant, planned to resume its normal schedule on Wednesday morning, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The airport itself was said to have suffered only minimal damage during the storm. Still, more than 2,100 flights for Wednesday had been cancelled around in the country in addition to the …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Hurricane Sandy could cause another day of cancelled service.
Update (7:05 p.m., Monday) SEPTA announced its full plan for Tuesday in a release on its website. The statement is below. Early Tuesday morning after the storm has passed through our area, SEPTA crews will inspect and assess the conditions of facilities, equipment and infrastructure in order to ascertain when service can be restored for all modes. This system-wide assessment process will take approximately 6 to 8 hours. The final decision to operate will be coordinated with the City's Office of Emergency Management and based on the safety of the public and our employees. At this time, service on Tuesday cannot be guaranteed, although attempts will be made to restore some service by the afternoon. It is anticipated that full service will …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Proposed changes to bus routes 94 and 132 would eliminate weeknight and Saturday evening service, and all Sunday service.
A public hearing at Montgomery County Community College was held due to proposed changes to bus routes 94 and 132, both of which stop at the college. For Bus Route 94, which has service to Montgomery County Community College, Ambler, Fort Washington, Merck in Lansdale, and travels from the Montgomery Mall to Chestnut Hill; weeknight and Saturday evening service as well as all Sunday service is proposed to be discontinued. For SEPTA Bus Route 132, which has service throughout Lansdale, weeknight, Saturday evening, early Saturday morning and all Sunday service is proposed to be discontinued. John Calnan, the SEPTA's Director of Suburban Planning and Scheduling, said since 1994, Montgomery County has provided subsidies to SEPTA to help fund …
Friday, October 12, 2012
Several area train stations saw a trial run of interactive Peapod advertisements earlier this year.
Interactive grocery advertisements at 15 SEPTA train stations were successful enough in a three-month trial earlier this year that grocery-delivery company Peapod last weekend restored the "virtual grocery stores" indefinitely. More than 100 such ads are now in place at stations in Chicago and the New York-to-Washington corridor, which show items available for online order and let commuters scan corresponding codes with their smart phones. Peapod's research suggests an average commute of on hour in its markets. Said Peapod chief operating officer Mike Brennan, "Our hope is that consumers will take advantage of our virtual stores and mobile app while they’re on the go and enjoy the time saved when they’re at home. In a trial period February…
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
SEPTA plans to discontinue some of the runs on bus routes 94 and 132.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Two public hearings will be held by SEPTA regarding the proposed changes to bus routes 94 and 132, according to the SEPTA website. For Bus Route 94, which has service to Montgomery County Community College, Ambler, Fort Washington, Merck in Lansdale, and travels from the Montgomery Mall to Chestnut Hill; weeknight and Saturday evening service as well as all Sunday service is proposed to be discontinued. For SEPTA Bus Route 132, which has service throughout Lansdale, weeknight, Saturday evening, early Saturday morning and all Sunday service is proposed to be discontinued. The public hearings will be held on October 17. One will be held at 10 a.m. at Lansdale Borough Hall, 1 Vine Street in Lansdale and a second at Montgomery County Community…