Tag Holmesburg Junction

With Holmesburg Junction as example, legislators call for funding for transportation upgrades 0


Sen. Mike Stack (podium) talks about the need for long-term transportation infrastructure funding. He was joined Wednesday by (left to right) Rep. Mike McGeehan; Dr. Dick Voith, the senior vice president and principal of Econsult Corp; and Craig Hoogstraten of Anderson Construction. Photo/Office of Sen. Mike Stack

“Our transportation system is falling apart right under our tires,” Pa. Sen. Mike Stack said yesterday.

He joined Pa. Rep. Mike McGeehan and transportation officials at Holmesburg Junction Station to call for  funding for Pennsylvania’s distressed transit system.

By their count, more than 1 million people used SEPTA to get around last year.  continue reading »

Legislators want transportation funding for Holmesburg Junction 5


Holmesburg Junction Station in December 2011. Photo/Shannon McDonald

For many who take the train every day, Holmesburg Junction is their first (and sometimes only) glimpse at the neighborhood.

The aging train station has been a focus of a joint effort by the Upper Holmesburg Civic Association and Philadelphia City Planning Commission as the pair work on neighborhood improvements under the Phila2035 plan.

But while those efforts concentrate on greening, waterway access and an overall more desirable-looking neighborhood anchor, legislators Wednesday will focus on the station’s need for funding to better serve the community. continue reading »

Man killed by train identified 0


Crime Scene (police line tape)1The man killed by an Amtrak train Thursday at Holmesburg Junction has been identified as Steven Sumaliki.

The 25-year-old Holmesburg resident had reportedly been spotted near the station by Amtrak police earlier in the day, and was driven home when authorities believed he was intoxicated.

Sumaliki was struck by the train at 9:16 p.m., and the medical examiner’s officer is treating his death as a suicide.

NEast Links: train station suicide, tree plantings and more 0

Here’s a summary of the week’s Northeast news we didn’t cover. See others here.

An Amtrak Northeast Regional train heading toward 30th Street Station struck and killed a man at the Holmesburg Junction station last night. The preliminary investigation shows the death was an apparent suicide.

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