SEPTA and PECO slowly resolving nor’easter complications

Streets department workers David Boardly, left, and James Ockimey clear a downed tree during a winter storm, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Marple Township, Pa.

Streets department workers David Boardly, left, and James Ockimey clear a downed tree during a winter storm, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Marple Township, Pa. A nor'easter pounded the Atlantic coast with hurricane-force winds and sideways rain and snow Friday, flooding streets, grounding flights, stopping trains and leaving 1.6 million customers without power from North Carolina to Maine. At least five people were killed by falling trees or branches. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The aftermath of Friday’s nor’easter is slowly releasing its grip on Philadelphia-area residents make their way into the work week, with transportation routes and power grids slowly returning to normalcy.

After crews worked through the weekend, SEPTA has been able to restore complete service, with the exception of the Media/Elwyn line, which has suspended construction between Secane and 49th Street stations, and the Route 101 trolley, which is operating between 69th Street and Woodland Avenue, with shuttle buses between Woodland Avenue and Media.

“We have all of our lines back up,” SEPTA’s Heather Redfern said. “Our crews are still out working on the Media line, the 101 trolley. We will have crowding on our trains this week because it’s the Flower Show week.”

The Philadelphia Flower Show will continue through the rest of the week, and is bound to draw thousands of visitors from outside of the city.

Redfern says this kind of event may bring visitors who are not accustomed to using SEPTA and “who are not quite sure where they are getting off, so they will need more assistance.”

According to PECO’s outage map, as of Monday afternoon there are still large groups of without power. Delaware County remains the hardest hit. Over 20,000 people were still waiting for their lights to go back on as of 2pm Monday. A vast majority of outages should be taken care of by later today, however some may linger into this week. 

NBC 10 reported a storm is projected to land in the Philadelphia region Tuesday night and last through Wednesday.

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