Emboldened by the rising price of copper, thieves are stealing the cables that power the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s trains and signals.”It’s very frustrating,” said assistant general manager and chief engineer Jeffrey Knueppel. “Our commuters expect to have a nice ride in, and many mornings, the first trains of the day are delayed when they find those areas of stolen cabling. We think we’re going to be able to provide good service and we can’t.” SEPTA is one of many agencies falling victim to cable thieves. NJ TRANSIT , Amtrak, and Bay Area Rapid Transit (CA) have been hit over the past few months. “These are not victimless crimes,” said NJ TRANSIT spokesman John Durso. “They disrupt the lives of our loyal customers and can place their safety at risk.” Link to full story in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
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