Suspicious package on tracks closes Market-Frankford line in Center City for a bit

The Market-Frankford line

The Market-Frankford line


Update, 4:55 PM: The trains are running again.

It was a bit of a rough rush hour for SEPTA: The Market-Frankford Line, the city’s busiest, shut down around 4:30 PM from 15th Street to Spring Garden in both directions for about half an hour, after a suspicious package was found on the tracks.

According to SEPTA spokesman Manny Smith, power had to be shut down in order for police to investigate the package. Trains resumed running at around 5 PM.

The transit agency used shuttle buses to ferry passengers to the train’s usual stops through Spring Garden. MFL riders were encouraged to use SEPTA buses that run down Market Street.

The shutdown came just moments after a Mega Bus and a SEPTA bus collided on 15th and Market streets, right in front of City Hall.

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