How SEPTA won its transit Oscar

COURTNEY MARABELLA / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Thanks to SEPTA's balanced budgets, the agency has been able to secure government funding, including $232 million to add 440 new hybrid buses to its fleet.
COURTNEY MARABELLA / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Thanks to SEPTA's balanced budgets, the agency has been able to secure government funding, including $232 million to add 440 new hybrid buses to its fleet.
Posted: February 27, 2013

SEPTA won the 2012 transit Oscar - the American Public

Transportation Association

(APTA) award for Outstanding Public Transportation System in a major metropolitan area.

APTA cited these accomplishments:

* $191 million in federal-stimulus-funded projects - $71.2 million for rehabbing 16 transit and railroad stations (including Spring Garden and Girard stations), $61.1 million for repairing/rebuilding tracks and bridges, $23.7 million for communications and signal systems and $20.5 million for new hybrid buses.

* $740 million reconstruction of the Market Street El, completely rebuilding West Philadelphia's century-old, heavily traveled transit system.

* $34 million for new rails, improved catenary (overhead power) and station rehabs on Delaware County's 100-year-old Route 101-102 trolley lines.

* $232 million for 440 new fuel-saving hybrid buses, bringing SEPTA's hybrid total to 472, approximately one third of the 1,400-bus fleet, the highest ratio of hybrid-to-diesel buses of any fleet in the country.

* $330 million for 120 new Silverliner V regional-rail cars, built at Hyundai Rotem's South Philly plant, that replaced 74 Silverliner II's and III's from the 1960s. Created 300 local jobs.

- Dan Geringer

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