Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, July 5

The Daily Numbers: 1/3 of SEPTA regional rail fleet that will be out of service this morning due to a structural defect.

120 rail cars that are involved.

100 rail cars inspected.

5 that did not have cracks in a stabilizer bar that represented a major potential safety problem.

10 inch crack in one car that prompted the system-wide inspection.

13,000 seats on the regional rails that just disappeared.

65,000 commuters who use the regional rails to get into and out of the city each day.

35,000 to 40,000 commuters max capacity on the system today and likely for the rest of the summer.

274 million, how much SEPTA spent on this new fleet, which was awarded to the low bidder, a subsidiary of Hyundai.

9/11 artifact unveiled during July 4 festivities in East Lansdowne.

25 years, how long John Dunn served as fire chief in Swarthmore. He was honored during July 4 events in the borough.

2.36 percent hike in taxes for the Springfield School District.

79.8 million dollar budget, along with that 2.36 percent tax hike.

3.2 cents per gallon dip in price at the gas pumps last week. Will come in handy for those driving into the city today.

8-2 win for the Phillies over the Braves yesterday at Citizens Bank Park.

8 extra base hits to start the game for the suddenly hot-hitting Phils.

10 of last 13 games the Phils have put up double digits in hits.

2 runs on 5 hits all that Phils starter Jerad Eickhoff gave up over 7 2/3 innings.

6 wins in their last 7 games for the Phils.

13 game hitting streak for red-hot Peter Bourjos.

.278
batting average for Bourjos, up from his low point of .217

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

Credit Pete Mackanin with the second great turnaround of the season for the Phils. After their hot start, the Phils looked dead in the water in plunging from 7 games over .500 to double digits under it. Now they’re on the rebound again, and the bats are alive.

I Don’t Get It: I will never get the home-made fireworks displays. Just seems like an accident waiting to happen.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to commuters dealing with huge issues on the regional rails today. That’s the good news. The bad? Actually I think the commute into the city is going to be mild compared to the mayhem when all those people look to get out of the city tonight at the same time.

Quote Box: “We ask for our riders’ patience during this difficult time.”

- SEPTA GM Jeff Knueppel.

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