May 13: Tragedy unfolds as Amtrak train derails in Port Richmond

A major national tragedy unfolded in Port Richmond last night as a New York-bound Amtrak train derailed, killing six passengers, and sending more than 140 others to local hospitals.

Amtrak, SEPTA, and NJ Transit services that run on Amtrak’s tracks are suspended indefinitely pending investigation, and Michael Noda has recommendations for alternate routes for suburban commuters coming into Philadelphia.

Natalie Kostelni reports that three developers have been shortlisted to take on the development of Festival Pier by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation.

Council President Darrell Clarke’s PAC cut some big checks to At-Large Council incumbents, and two District incumbents. Claudia Vargas thinks this is about the vote for Council President in the next session.

Sam Katz isn’t running for Mayor this fall.

Cory J. Popp is out with another gorgeous video of Philly springtime scenes (h/t Uwishunu)

The Bicycle Coalition’s take on SEPTA’s new cycle-transit plan.

Pier 25 North on the Delaware is up for sale.

 

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