Cracks found in SEPTA subway cars

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An "A" train outbound on the Market-Frankford elevated line in Philadelphia.
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PHILADELPHIA — A weekend inspection found cracks in the body bolsters in two Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Market-Frankford Line subway cars, resulting in the agency launching inspections of other cars in the fleet. SEPTA pulled 30 to 40 other subway cars from service after inspections indicated they might also have compromised components, SEPTA officials said.

The Market-Frankford Line has 218 cars; by Monday night, 108 of them were inspected and operational, the transit agency said, with that number expected to grow in the next few days. During peak periods, there are usually 144 cars running on the line.

Beginning Feb. 6, SEPTA officials said there would be a temporary shortage of cars during peak travel times. Beginning with the Monday morning rush, trains began operating with longer headways, and supplemental bus service was provided. Midday and evening train service is operating on regular schedules.

The cracks were found in the bolsters of the cars during a comprehensive overhaul underway for the nearly 20-year-old vehicles, SEPTA said. The bolster links the body of the car to the wheel assembly beneath, and is the point at which the wheel assembly pivots.

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