Man shot at SEPTA station in Center City Philadelphia as new safety plan announced

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A man was shot dead at a SEPTA station in Center City Philadelphia.

It happened around 3:50 a.m. Thursday on the platform at 15th Street and Market Street.

The male victim was hit in the leg, police said.

Both SEPTA and Philadelphia police responded to the scene.

The victim’s condition was not released.

No arrests were made.

Stay tuned to as more information becomes available.

SEPTA security

This latest shooting comes as SEPTA announced a new safety plan to deal with crime, cleanliness and drug use in train stations.

SEPTA officials identified areas where customers were raising concerns about homelessness.

They found that stations along Market Street, particularly at the 13th and 15th Street stations, and at the Norristown Transportation Center were a recurring problem.

According to SEPTA, the number of homeless people using their stations and trains is increasing.

SEPTA’s SCOPE program focuses on providing social services to the homeless.

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SEPTA officials also promise to secure hidden roosts to discourage loitering and illegal behavior.

Through the SCOPE program, SEPTA has increased the number of patrol officers.

But it only has 210 instead of the 260 it’s budgeted for.

SEPTA blames the nationwide hiring challenge but is hopeful that increased patrols will help bring down crime rates.

SEPTA also advises that using a powerful tranquilizer called “Xylazine” or “Tranq,” which Action News has described as a major problem on the streets of Philadelphia, may increase the risk of people falling onto the tracks.

The cleanliness of stations and trains is also a priority. Over the next year, SEPTA plans to triple its custody budget.

You too can be part of the solution.

SEPTA says the best thing you can do as a driver is use its Transit Watch app to report crimes and dangerous situations.


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