Neighbors demand better communication, resources from SEPTA following closure of Kensington station

Somerset Station protest
Residents in Kensington are calling on SEPTA to provide the neighborhood with better resources after it closed Somerset Station for much-needed repairs. Photo credit Justin Udo/KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Residents in Kensington are calling on SEPTA to provide the neighborhood with better resources after it closed a Market-Frankford Line station for much-needed repairs.

Dozens of neighbors marched near the now-closed Somerset Station Tuesday evening in protest of SEPTA’s decision to close it.

SEPTA officials said they had to close the station because it is in desperate need of repairs and safety improvements — damage caused by urination and needles stuck in floorboards.

“We need to close because it’s hard for us to access the station right now with all of the activity, a lot of aggressive behavior as well. So we need to keep it safe for both our customers as well as for our employees,” General Manager Leslie Richards said last week.