Downed wires meant major headaches for commuters on SEPTA’s Regional Rail lines Thursday morning.
The issue, which occurred between 30th Street and Suburban Stations, caused service suspensions and lengthy delays starting around 9 a.m., SEPTA spokesman John Golden said.
Service on lines that had been suspended was resuming by about 11 a.m., but delays of up to two hours were expected along the Airport, Chestnut Hill East, Chestnut Hill West, Fox Chase, Lansdale/Doylestown, Media/Elwyn, Manayunk/Norristown, Paoli/Thorndale, Trenton, Warminster, Wilmington/Newark and West Trenton Lines, according to SEPTA.
About 800 people were stranded aboard two trains — one Trenton Line train and another on the Media/Elwyn Line — that could not move. SEPTA sent another train to rescue them.
It was not immediately clear what caused the downed wires or how long it would take to repair them.
While awaiting updates, passengers quickly took to social media to voice their frustrations.
We are stuck with no power about a block away from 30th street can SEPTA authorize the conductor to let us off the train so we can just walk to 30th rather than sit here with no power? Thanks. https://t.co/SyYNJeLSI6
— Jeff Bodle (@jeffbodle) December 21, 2017
@SEPTA_SOCIAL what gives with the train power outage between 30th and suburban st stations. Are you going to pay people who lost money for being late to work.
— Gregory Tomczak (@gregory_tomczak) December 21, 2017
Stuck on a train without power. I’m a tunnel between Temple and Jefferson Stations. What a wonderful morning #septa
— Elise English 🏳️🌈 (@EliseTweetsBio) December 21, 2017
— Jeff Cole (@JeffColeFox29) December 21, 2017
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