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New Regional Rail Schedules Go Into Effect Sunday, BETA Website Design Released

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In case you missed it, the new Regional Rail schedule went into effect this past Sunday.

All Regional Rail lines continue to maintain service at 75 percent of the pre-pandemic weekday levels officials said.

See the highlights of the service changes. Please consult the details below and timetables for complete changes.

For Lower Bucks riders  you can download the new schedules by clicking on the appropriate link.

Trenton Line 

West Trenton Line 

In related SEPTA news, the transportation authorities website is being redesigned with all SEPTA riders in mind, officials said in a recent press release.

SEPTA is in the final stages of the migration process to a new, mobile-responsive and transit-forward website in the effort to increase customer satisfaction, usability and ridership.

Please note: this website is still in the beta and testing phase; continue to refer to SEPTA.org for the most up to date information, accurate schedules and active alerts & advisories, said officials.

The new website introduces transit-forward features that show live data on all routes so riders can view arrival times, alerts and vehicle tracking in real-time.

Credit: SEPTA

Trip planning is now simpler than ever with schedules, fares and system alerts & advisories prominently displayed. The enhanced web design improves navigation and usability on computers and mobile devices, allowing visitors and tourists to travel the system with ease. On the home page, simply type in where you are and where you want to go, SEPTA will show all available transit options.

SEPTA invites you to visit the beta site, click around and plan a trip. Afterwards, please provide some feedback regarding site navigation, overall usability and critical omissions. Participating in this quick survey helps us identify areas for improvement prior to the future launch of the official website.

The beta website can be accessed using this link: https://beta-realtime.septa.org/

The survey for feedback and comments can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WHR92WB. Within the survey is a comment box to share your thoughts.

Introduction of SEPTA Metro Wayfinding System

The beta website will introduce new terms, letters, numbers and colors as part of the Metro wayfinding system, which will be rolled out in 2024. Get to know SEPTA Metro and learn how this effort will better support our riders.

Please note, this website is still in the beta and testing phase; continue to refer to SEPTA.org for the most up to date information, accurate schedules and active alerts & advisories, said officials.

 

 

 

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Bucks County Issues Excessive Heat Warning through Thursday

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The County of Bucks has issued an Excessive Heat Warning through Thursday, with high temperatures expected to for the next several days.

The extended stretch of days with temperatures above 90 degrees has prompted the opening of cooling centers in Upper, Central and Lower Bucks that are available for seniors and people experiencing homelessness seeking refuge from the heat.

The following cooling centers will operate from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day unless otherwise noted:

Bensalem Senior Citizens Association
1850 Byberry Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
215-638-7720

Ben Wilson Senior Activity Center
580 Delmon Avenue
Warminster, PA 18974
215-672-8380

Bristol Borough Senior Center
301 Wood Street
Bristol, PA 19007
215-788-9238

Bristol Township Senior Center
2501 Bath Rd.
Bristol, PA 19007
215-785-6322

Morrisville Senior Service Center
31 E. Cleveland Avenue
Morrisville, PA 19067
215-295-0567

 Palisades Middle School Library
4710 Durham Road
Kintnersville, PA 18930
*OPEN 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. MONDAY; 12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. TUESDAY*

Quakertown Masonic Lodge
501 W. Broad Street
Quakertown, PA 18951
267-450-5191

Riegelsville Borough Hall
615 Easton Road
Riegelsville, PA 18077
610-749-2726
 *OPEN 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Senior centers throughout Bucks County also are open and available daily to residents 55 and over. Check with your local senior center for hours of operation and details.

The county generally issues an Excessive Heat Warning when the National Weather Service forecasts daytime temperatures will reach 95 degrees by 11 a.m. on two or more consecutive days, or when heat indexes will reach 100 degrees on any given day.

Municipalities or nonprofit agencies interested in participating in this program in the future should contact Bucks County Emergency Services at 215-340-8700.

 

 

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Flood Insurance Task Force Issues Report

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The Pennsylvania Insurance commissioner, on behalf of the Flood Insurance Premium Assistance Task Force, has presented Gov. Josh Shapiro and the General Assembly with the Flood Insurance Premium Assistance Task Force Final Report, which includes recommendations designed to improve the affordability and accessibility of flood insurance, bolster flood resiliency, increase flood risk mitigation, and protect Pennsylvanians from incurring flood damage that often results in thousands of dollars of uncovered losses.

Gov. Shapiro signed House Bill 735 into law as Act 22 in November 2023 after it passed both the House and Senate with bipartisan support, establishing the task force and directing it to study flood insurance issues and make recommendations to help improve affordability and expand access to flood insurance coverage for Pennsylvania communities. Act 22 charged the task force with delivering a report with its recommendations by July 1, 2024.

The report’s recommendations encompass key pillars of affordability, risk mitigation, incentives, and education and outreach. The task force is recommending:

• Establishing an Office of Community Rating System Assistance (CRSA) and expanding grant funding within the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).
• Improving disclosures during the home-buying process.
• Incorporating continuing education credits across professional roles.
• Enhancing education and outreach.
• Incentivizing home mitigation through tax credits.
• Enhancing coverage for water damage.
• Incorporating flood resiliency into building codes.
• Proposing a Pennsylvania Flood Insurance Relief Act.
• Studying further innovative solutions.

The task force’s recommendations are informed by input gathered at five public meetings held over the last six months that included a public comment period, agency collaboration, external stakeholder engagement, and discussions and presentations from experts in the field.

As a strong supporter of this task force, I hope these plans are executed soon, so that we see less damage to Pennsylvanian’s homes from flooding in the near future.

Indoor Flooding in Bensalem

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Updated: Man Charged with Homicide and 2 Counts of Murder by Bensalem Police in Apt Complex Fight, Shooting

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***Update – 7/7/24 – 12:30pm***

Lower Bucks Source (LBS) learned from authorities that Bensalem police questioned numerous witnesses at the scene and determined that Mendoza Ramirez lives in the Bucks Meadows Apartment Complex.

***Original Story***

A man has been charged with criminal homicide, murder in the first degree and murder of the third degree by Bensalem authorities early Sunday morning in what appears to be a man killing another due to a bruised ego.

Abel Mendoza Ramirez, 31, was arraigned by on-call District Judge Joseph P. Falcone just after midnight Sunday. Bail was denied for the suspect who, as of publication time, has no known address.

The  shooting incident occurred late Saturday afternoon with Bensalem Police responding to the  Bucks Meadows Apartment Complex 3100 block of Knights Road around 5:30 p.m. police said in court records.

Police said  Jose Miguel Tenorio Ruiz, just turned 40 last month, and Abel Mendoza  Ramirez, were involved in a minor physical altercation at the apartment complex of which Tenorio Ruiz was the victor. Following the altercation, Mendoza Ramirez  walked back to his vehicle, which was parked in the rear parking lot of building 7. Mendoza  Ramirez returned with a greenhandled semiautomatic pistol in his waistbandMendoza Ramirez approached Tenorio Ruiz, and the two exchanged words. Mendoza Ramirez  removed the firearm from his waistband and fired two (2) rounds into the ground by Tenorio  Ruiz. Tenorio Ruiz moved towards Mendoza Ramirez and attempted to take the firearm away  from him. Mendoza Ramirez fired, shooting Tenorio Ruiz in the torso, court records allege. 

Tenorio Ruiz was transported via ambulance to Jefferson- Torresdale Hospital in Philadelphia for emergency medical treatment. Tenorio Ruiz succumbed to the gunshot wound and was pronounced deceased, said investigators. 

Following the shooting, Mendoza Ramirez entered his 2006 Ford Van with a Pennsylvania registration and fled the parking lot. Mendoza Ramirez was located in Newtown Township at 6:38pm and was subsequently taken into custodyMendoza Ramirez’s vehicle was secured and towed to Bensalem Township for further evidence collection, according to court records. 

Mendoza Ramirez is currently scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on July 17 in front of Magisterial District Judge Michael W. Gallagher.

 

 

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