February 16, 2012

Copper wire thieves hurting SEPTA rail service

PHILADELPHIA — Taking advantage of the high copper prices that scrap dealers offer, metal scavengers are cutting copper wires from overhead poles and between tracks, stranding trains and endangering passengers, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) assistant GM and chief engineer Jeffrey Knueppel told philly.com.

The agency is spending about $500,000 a year to repair and replace equipment damaged by scavengers. For the full story, click here.

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