Public transit a mixed bag today

    Public transportation continues to limp back into service across the region this morning after a substantial stormed dumped a foot of snow or more in many areas.

    SEPTA’s situation is a mixed bag. Sylvana Hoyos of the transportation agency says the regional rails are moving but delayed and the two subway trains are moving passengers well.  Bus service is spottier. 

    Hoyos said SEPTA still urges commuters to consider its trains a good alternative for travel in the aftermath of the storm.   Interstate highways in the region are mostly in good shape, but city surface roads still can be snow-covered and perilous.

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     “Our regional rails are experiencing up to 90 minute delays on all lines, but we are up and running,” she said. “If people need to come into the city that is definitely a way in. “

     As for buses, she says their drivers are experiencing the same problems people in cars are going through.

    Hoyos said 60 bus routes have bee detoured because of the snow. Four bus routes are suspeneded right now, the 35 in the Manayunk-Roxborough area, the 117 and 119 in in southern Delaware and Chester counties, and the 120 towards Cheney University.

    She said the subway and El lines are running normally.

     “The Market-Frankford and the Broad Street Line from Frankford Transportation Center and 69th street on the Market Frankford Line into the city is a sure bet,” she said. “The Broad Street line from ATT Station at the South and Fern Rock on the north are sure bets for people coming into the city.”

     Hoyos said SEPTA is working to get things back close to normal by the afternoon.

    In New Jersey, PATCO train service was running a few minutes behind schedule. NJ Transit has restored train service on a limited schedule, but bus service remains suspended statewide, with no estimate of when it will be restored.

    Amtrak service between New York City and Boston has been restored on a limited basis. Service between New York and Washington is running normally.

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