Regional mass transit chattering along in the cold

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 (Toby Talbot/AP Photo, file)

(Toby Talbot/AP Photo, file)

A morning setback for SEPTA regional transit born from Tuesday’s bitter cold has for the most part been resolved, leaving just some minor issues for mass transit in Philadelphia.

SEPTA started Tuesday morning off with many problems, said spokeswoman Heather Redfern.

“We had some issues with the 101 and 102 trolleys in Media and Sharon Hill due to overhead wires and we had some equipment issues with our 10, 11, 13, 34 and 36 trolleys due to the weather,” she said. “As far as regional rail. the major issue was the suspension of the Trenton line.”

The Trenton line and some others run on Amtrak rails and wires. Fighting the cold is tough because it sticks around — unlike snow that can be removed, said Craig Schulz of Amtrak.

“The extreme cold like we are seeing here, I mean this is pretty unprecedented for this area and the infrastructure really suffers in extreme temperatures and that’s what we are seeing out there,” he said.

Since service was restored, Amtrak has been running fewer trains,” Schulz said.  It may have to do that again for the Wednesday morning commute, depending on the weather.

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