SEPTA urges people to try to use subways, other options

PHILADELPHIA (WTXF/AP) The Philadelphia-area transit agency is urging commuters to consider other transit options with one-third of regional rail cars sidelined by a structural problems.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority took all 120 Silverliner V cars out of service Friday night after finding a fractured beam on one car and fatigue cracks on almost all other cars.

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Ron Hopkins, SEPTA assistant general manager for operations, said trains will run on a Saturday schedule until further notice with additional rush-hour service. But he said with 13,000 fewer seats, people should expect crowded conditions -- and trains will pass some people by.

SEPTA is urging people to try to get to subway or other transit lines -- and to get on regional rail trains early, some might want to "go outbound to come inbound."