- Associated Press - Friday, September 23, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia’s main transit agency says ridership was down nearly 21 percent in July and 10 percent in August compared to last year.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority removed 120 railcars from service in early July after cracked beams were discovered.

SEPTA saw delays, scheduling changes, and crowded cars.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (https://bit.ly/2cHZfXI ) ridership numbers released Thursday show that SEPTA’s Regional Rail system is averaging 107,000 riders a day - nearly 15 percent less than last year.

SEPTA received $10.5 million and $11 million in Regional Rail revenue for July and August after budgeting for about $13 million each.

Officials have said returning Regional Rail to a normal schedule is necessary to bring back lost riders.

Repaired railcars began returning to service this month.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com

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