SEPTA ran just 16 of their normal 24 trains on the Market-Frankford Line Monday morning, adding two cars for the evening commute. As for Tuesday's ride, expect the same delays as Monday, with fewer rail cars and more buses to get you where you need to be. SEPTA GM Jeffrey Knueppel said Monday, "we prepared for a lot worse situation than we saw," so kudos to Philly's El regulars who were smart enough to find alternate ways to get to and from work. SETPA will continue to run "30-40 cars short of the 144 needed" for weekday peak hour service after cracks were found in some cars. Follow Billy Penn on Twitter for updates.
"It's a road that doesn't work for anybody." That's how the former chief of staff for the office of transportation and utilities described Roosevelt Boulevard. The 12-lane road has become the most dangerous in Philadelphia, with an average of 10 motorist-or-pedestrian deaths and 700 crashes per year, most recently when a drunk driver killed two sisters just last week. Walking is dangerous, buses are too slow and biking is impossible. So how did it get this way, and how can it be fixed? We took a look.
Pat Toomey hasn't tweeted since Feb. 2 and his office voicemail was so full he started receiving thousands of faxes last week. But the Pa. Senator does want you to know he appreciates the effort, and said so in a Facebook post yesterday, telling constituents to go to his website to email him if calls don't get answered. "My staff and I do receive and review your messages and appreciate hearing from you," he wrote, blaming the influx of calls on "people outside our state" sharing their opinions on Trump's cabinet nominees. Here's how to contact the Senator, and if you want someone to reply, make sure to ask.
|What||Spirit of Philadelphia is hosting Philadelphia themed First Friday dinner cruises. Enjoy a delicious buffet menu featuring a build your own cheesesteak station, a free Yards beer or glass of wine for each guest over 21, DJ entertainment, and of course, unbeatable views of the Philadelphia skyline. Cruises start April 7th and continue every First Friday of the year.|
|Where||Spirit of Philadelphia at 401 S. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106|
|When||April 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm|
|How much||From $66.90 per adult / $39.95 per child age 3-12|
|What||More than 50 companies looking to hire will set up at NET/WORK Philly this year. The job fair also includes a chance to attend career workshops, get your headshot done and have your resume reviewed at no extra charge. Plus, there's coffee from HubBub and a happy hour at the end.|
|Where||The Fillmore at 29 E. Allen St. 19123|
|When||February 7, 2017 at 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm|
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We've tracked all season how the Sixers' logjam at center is a long-term concern, but reports late Monday indicate GM Bryan Colangelo might be close to rectifying that problem. Jahlil Okafor may be on his way to New Orleans, per Sam Amick of USA Today. The report indicates the Sixers have been in talks with eight teams about dealing Okafor, and the big-needy Pelicans may be the best fit. The hold up is what the Sixers will get back in the deal, as Colangelo wants a first-round pick, but the Pels want any pick heavily protected. There's also talk the Sixers may get back another big man in disgruntled center Alex Ajinca and/or former Sixer guard Jrue Holiday.
The New England Patriots are fresh off an amazing Super Bowl comeback and are already favorites to win next year's title, according to early Vegas odds. The Pats have 13-to-2 odds, while Dallas, Green Bay and Atlanta are 12-to-1, the best in the NFC. (Check out the full list here.) And yet, at 45-to-1, the Eagles may be in great position, as the Falcons opened at 40-to-1 this season and the Panthers opened at 45-to-1 last year, before both made the Super Bowl. The one thing they had in common? An MVP-winning quarterback. No pressure Carson.