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SEPTA to Stop Service Saturday Night

Mayor Michael Nutter first made the announcement Friday.

All SEPTA services will stop running at 12:30 a.m. Sunday because of Hurricane Irene.

Regional rail service will stop even sooner. SEPTA says service will be suspended at approximately 5 p.m. Saturday on the following SEPTA Regional Rail lines:

  • Wilmington/Newark
  • Paoli/Thorndale
  • Trenton
  • Chestnut Hill West
  • Airport

An assistant to Mayor Michael Nutter, Luke Butler, first announced on Twitter that service will be suspended. Butler said this is the first time in history SEPTA has ceased all operations.

SEPTA said in a news release that service is not expected to resume "until at least midday Sunday." It will then be continued on a route by route basis.

Any announcements that have to do with service resumptions will be posted on SEPTA's website and will be disseminated through Nutter's office.

"SEPTA strongly urges all customers who normally ride the system during this time period to make arrangements to go to your destination well in advance of the storm and be prepared to remain safely at that location until the storm has passed and service has resumed," the agency said in the release.

Nutter spoke during a news conference Friday afternoon that was organized so the city could talk to the public about the upcoming hurricane.

Pennsylvania also declared a state of emergency Friday after New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and other states had already done so.

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