Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Parade Update: SEPTA calls crowds "historic"

This morning Erin Avon, 31, her husband and their 10-month-old son went to the Wynnewood train station to take public transit to the Phillies Parade – just as the city advised yesterday. After three full trains passed by, they got fed up. “So we got in the car,” Avon said. “We had no issue driving in and parking.” Their story was not unusual at the parade today, where many fans talked about long waits for trains – or getting stuck without being able to board. Over in New Jersey, some fans gave up waiting for PATCO trains and walked over the Ben Franklin Bridge. According to SEPTA spokesman Richard Maloney, the region’s public transit system was just completely overwhelmed by the number of people. “It was historic,” Maloney said. “Starting about 7:30 they just came in hordes. We are running every possible vehicle we have and we’re running every vehicle we have as many times we can.” At 1 p.m, SEPTA halted all inbound Regional Rail trains to the city so they would have all their trains available to take people out of town. They also are not running the Broad Street Line south of the Vine Street stop, again to try and keep more trains available to take people north, away from the parade site. Maloney said SEPTA still has a big task ahead. “The worst is yet to come. Getting everybody out of here is going to be a monumental task,” he said.

Parade Update: SEPTA calls crowds "historic"

This morning Erin Avon, 31, her husband and their 10-month-old son went to the Wynnewood train station to take public transit to the Phillies Parade – just as the city advised yesterday.

After three full trains passed by, they got fed up.

“So we got in the car,” Avon said. “We had no issue driving in and parking.”

Their story was not unusual at the parade today, where many fans talked about long waits for trains – or getting stuck without being able to board. Over in New Jersey, some fans gave up waiting for PATCO trains and walked over the Ben Franklin Bridge.

According to SEPTA spokesman Richard Maloney, the region’s public transit system was just completely overwhelmed by the number of people.

“It was historic,” Maloney said. “Starting about 7:30 they just came in hordes. We are running every possible vehicle we have and we’re running every vehicle we have as many times we can.”

At 1 p.m, SEPTA halted all inbound Regional Rail trains to the city so they would have all their trains available to take people out of town. They also are not running the Broad Street Line south of the Vine Street stop, again to try and keep more trains available to take people north, away from the parade site.

Maloney said SEPTA still has a big task ahead.

“The worst is yet to come. Getting everybody out of here is going to be a monumental task,” he said.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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