Most of SEPTA back running, regional rails not so much

SEPTA has resumed much of its service including the Broad Street, Market-Frankford and trolley lines. Eighty percent of city bus service has also re-started.  

SEPTA General Manager Joe Casey said the transit agency is still struggling with a lot of down trees.  

“We do not go unscathed on Regional Rail,” said Casey. “Regional Rail on virtually every line sustained significant damage.  Our crews are currently out here clearing trees.”

Casey also defended the decision to shutdown SEPTA and said it was for the safety of the public and SEPTA employees.

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Mayor Michael Nutter applauded the mass transit agency’s quick work in restarting so many services.

“The SEPTA operation is critical to this city and to this region,” said Nutter. “Mass transit is critical to all operations. It is the way we move people goods and services around this region.”

SEPTA suspended services Sunday night in anticipation of the severe weather.

Rina Cutler, Deputy Mayor of Transportation and Utilities, said air travel is still on hold.

“A lot of the airlines are moving airplanes around in order to get them back in position for tomorrow,” said Cutler.  “We’re working closely with SEPTA and Amtrak to try to get service back on that Regional Rail Line which is our priority.”

SEPTA officials said they are cautiously optimistic service may resume on the Airport and Media regional rail lines tomorrow.

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