After SEPTA’s announcement, NKCDC, HACE CDC, and Impact Services released a joint statement about the closure, stating the “frustration with SEPTA’s decision to shut down this station without engaging neighborhood residents in the decision-making process,” due to the negative impact it will have on the Kensington and Fairhill neighborhoods. | From: Kensington Voice (Read more.)
Esto ocurre tras el cierre temporal de la estación de Somerset, en Kensington.
“Emergency maintenance and repair work was needed throughout the station to mitigate damage from urination, human waste, discarded needles and other debris,” SEPTA said in a press release | From: NBC10 (Read more.)
Some housing activists said some of the people living in the PATCO encampment include those who previously took up the city’s offer for temporary hotel housing but have since been displaced | From: NBC10 (Read more.)
Kensington Voice asked SEPTA to respond to some of the action items listed in a joint statement from three Kensington organizations. Here’s what SEPTA spokesperson Andrew Busch said, verbatim. | From: Kensington Voice (Read more.)
The closure was met with immense backlash from community members, who marched up Kensington Ave. two days after it closed on March 23.
Initially, SEPTA officials estimated the station might remain closed for months. Residents banded together and demanded transparency and participation in the process to safely reopen the station. | From: PlanPhilly (Read more.)
SEPTA closed the Market-Frankford Line’s Somerset Station in Kensington on Sunday, March 21, to repair two elevators, citing public urination and trash disposal for the damage. The elevators will take months to repair, and those 800 average riders every weekday — 40% of pre-COVID’s average — are met with several dilemmas in transportation, ranging from inaccessibility, safety, and the solidifying sense that the city isn’t paying attention to the real problems in Kensington, and refuses to meet them with real action. | From: AL DÍA (Read more.)