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SEPTA'S BROAD STREET LINE RIDGE SPUR SERVICE OUT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE; 40-YEAR SIGNAL TOWER FAILS

 SEPTA'S BROAD STREET LINE RIDGE SPUR SERVICE OUT
 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE; 40-YEAR SIGNAL TOWER FAILS
 PHILADELPHIA, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Service to 8th and Market streets on the Ridge Spur of SEPTA's Broad Street Line will not operate until further notice because 40-year old wiring has failed, disabling an important signal tower at Erie Avenue, SEPTA said today.
 Broad-Ridge Spur service was halted because trains cannot be turned from northbound to southbound at Erie Avenue with the tower out of operation. SEPTA said it is searching for ways to return service to 8th and Market during the next several weeks, and well before the tower itself is repaired. Renewal of the tower could take six months or longer.
 According to SEPTA signal engineers, the cable in question -- which began to cause service disruptions on Friday, June 5 -- cannot be repaired without disturbing thousands of other wires that are just as old. In order to assure future service reliability and safety, SEPTA decided that its only option is to virtually rebuild the tower. Rebuilding is required, SEPTA said, because despite the emergency efforts made to provide Broad-Ridge service on Friday, June 5, and Monday, June 8, afternoons there were major service delays.
 In the meantime, Broad-Ridge Spur riders can use the following alternatives to travel to and from 8th and Market streets:
 Southbound passengers should take either a Broad Street Line local or express train to City Hall and use stairway No. 3 to transfer to an eastbound Market-Frankford Line train. There is free transfer between the two lines and riders should follow the "Free Interchange" signs.
 Northbound passengers should ride a westbound Market-Frankford line train from 8th and Market streets to 15th Street, then follow the free interchange signs to the Broad Street Line at City Hall Station.
 Northbound riders who use the Chinatown Station (8th and Race streets) have two options. They can walk to 8th Street Station of the Market-Frankford Line and ride westbound to the free interchange at 15th Street, or they can board a northbound Route 61 bus at 11th and Race Streets and ride to Fairmount Station on the Broad Street Line.
 Those who prefer not to walk to 8th and Market from Chinatown can board a Route 61 bus at 8th and Race.
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