SEPTA, passengers deal with the deep freeze

Tim Jimenez
January 31, 2019 - 8:58 am
Passengers wait in the cold at the Frankford Transportation Center.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — SEPTA buses, trains and trolleys — and passengers of the regional transit service — had to prepare for the arctic blast today. 

SEPTA officials say they they kept Market-Frankford and Broad Street Line subway cars underground, in the tunnels instead of the railyards, overnight. Crews were also out for special inspections of viaducts, bridges, and any structures that are vulerable when extreme weather hits, looking for icy wires, and using heaters on switches.

But cold-related issues popped up and there were still several cancelations and delays. 

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So as SEPTA plugged along, so did the passengers like Tammy, who got to the bus stop after walking from home

"Oh my God, like 15 minutes," she said. "I walked because the buses run late early in the morning, so I have to walk most of the time."

"It's freezing, but I’m on my way to work,” said passenger Christine Hackimer, at the Frankford Transportation Center. "It is actually cold, freezing cold! I walked from my house here."

No matter what, commuters had to be outside in the deep freeze to get to where they had to go. So, it was all about dressing for the occasion.

"Two pairs of pants, three shirts, gloves," said Christine.

"Oh my God, geez, I got four pair of thermals ... and men’s boots!” said Tammy.

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Even though it was painfully frigid to most, some didn’t mind it too much.

"Well, the cold don’t really bother me. I’m a cold weather type of guy," said Rudolph Mitchell. "I'm pretty geared up, pretty well for the cold. I got layers of clothes on," he said as he waited for and took two different buses to get to work.

He’s alright with these temperatures but his tolerance does have its limits.

"I just don’t like the ice and snow and stuff," he said.

But with a few months of winter left, that’s still a real possibility. So, Tammy can’t wait to get through it. "Oh, my God I’m counting down to warm weather. Yes!"

On the bright side, as one passenger put it, at least it wasn’t snowing.