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Market-Franford delays, Broad Street outage: SEPTA’s no good, very bad day

SEPTA is having a rough Wednesday.

Both the Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines were jammed at points today for different reasons, causing a domino effect of delays on buses through the city that were pressed into service as shuttles.

SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said the Broad Street line is back up and running this afternoon, but was shut down between the Erie and Walnut-Locust stations from about noon to 1 p.m. Busch said this was because of a signal problem in the area of the Fairmount Station that was resolved shortly after it was discovered. In the meantime, buses were used to shuttle passengers.

The Market-Frankford line is still jammed after an early morning equipment problem, and SEPTA officials don’t yet have an estimate on when it could re-open, Busch said. (Maybe time to try bike share for the commute home, eh?)

Busch said a train became disabled in between 40th and 46th streets on the westbound tracks early this morning before the train started running on its morning commute schedule. This happened while SEPTA was running “pilot trains” through the night that are used to “keep the line ready.”

He added that the equipment problems have been difficult to repair in order to get the train off the tracks. People taking both eastbound and westbound trains have been asked to board on the eastbound side of the platform between 30th and 52nd streets, as the El is running on a single track there.

We’ll update when the Market-Frankford line is back up and running.

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