SEPTA rail lines operational after outage

July 8, 2008 8:38:18 PM PDT
After a chaotic Tuesday afternoon, there's a green light for SEPTA trains in the morning. Almost right off a holiday weekend it turned out to be a very long Tuesday for many commuters. But the good news is that their Wednesday morning commute should go much more smoothly.

For many it was frustrating... for others it was confusing.

The evening rush hour mess started around 11:00 Tuesday morning when an inbound train to 30th Street Station snagged some wires near the zoo. For hours three of the four tracks were out of service. So, commuters taking the two R7s the two R8s and the Thorndale-Paoli line were delayed on average by a half hour.

Some weren't even that lucky. Commuters on the R6 Cynwyd line found their service had been suspended. They had to go to Overbrook and be shuttled to Cynwyd.

By 7:30 the tracks had been cleared of the wires and a SEPTA spokesperson said there were only some minor residual delays to deal with but for many commuters a delay is a delay

Jason Ingram of Chestnut Hill says, "Thirteen minutes is bad it's like there's a schedule for a reason so stick to the schedule. Unless its an act of God."

But for now, the problem is fixed and there should be no issues for Wednesday's commute.