Service limited, SEPTA trains run late in Philadelphia

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 5, 2016 12:48 PM

FILE - A SEPTA regional train, the R7, rolls into 30th Street station in Philadelphia in this Nov. 16, 2004 file photo. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma, File)

(Philadelphia) -- Rail commuters in Philadelphia are finding fewer trains on the tracks and some delays, because the region's main transit agency has sidelined more than 100 rail cars over a structural problem.

Today is the first business day since the problem was discovered.

Trains are running behind schedule, with delays ranging from a few minutes to over a half-hour.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority is bolstering bus and trolley service and urging people to think about other options, especially getting to subway lines if they are close to the city.

SEPTA took all 120 Silverliner V cars out of service after finding a fractured beam on one car and fatigue cracks on almost all other cars Friday night.

That leaves 13,000 fewer regional rail seats, reducing service by 30 percent to 50 percent.

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