Monday, February 6, 2017

More troubles for SEPTA; Market Frankford El cars sidelined

SEPTA just can't get a break.

There is trouble on the tracks for the transit giant today.

And it's going to affect a lot of people in Delaware County.

SEPTA yesterday announced they were taking cars out of service on the Market-Frankford Elevated line. That's one of the main arteries into the city, running from 69th Street Station in Upper Darby through city and winding up at the Frankford Transportation Center.

SEPTA says they discovered cracks in two rail cars on the El. They immediately took those out of service, as well as some others.

What it means for commuters is likely more headaches, including long lines to get on the line, packed cars and fewer of them. In other words, expect delays if you use the El. SEPTA says fewer cars operating means fewer runs during the 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. morning rush hour, as well as the 3 to 7 p.m. afternoon commute.

SEPTA also will be putting shuttle buses into service to try to mitigate the crowded conditions on the cars.

All of this comes as SEPTA continues to try to recover from a hellish summer for riders of the regional rails after the transit agency was forced to pull its entire SilverlinerV fleet when cracks were found in some cars.

You can check SEPTA's website for updates. The transit agency is expected to hold a press conference this afternoon to offer an update on the situation.

We'll be at 69th Street this morning to let you know how bad the morning commute will be.

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