Big trouble for SEPTA, the Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority. A “significant structural defect” was found in about a third of the cars in its Regional Rail fleet. Those cars take riders from the suburbs, to and from Center City Philadelphia. The defects were discovered just before the July 4th holiday, so SEPTA had a long weekend to prepare a plan for the shortened workweek, when trains are often packed during rush hour. Luckily, it was a holiday week in the summer and school was out, so there could’ve been more riders impacted. Then came the investigation and quick fixes, and finally the repairs.


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