October 18, 2011
SEPTA will get $15 million for new hybrid buses, the Federal Transit Administration said Monday. The money will be added to existing state and local funds to provide $78 million for 55 articulated 60-foot diesel-electric hybrid buses, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said. The new buses, to be delivered next year, will bring to 527 the number of hybrid buses in SEPTA's 1,400-bus fleet. - Paul Nussbaum
April 21, 2016 |
A grant of nearly $2.6 million will bring emissions-free electric buses to Philadelphia streets. "We looked at the economics, and we looked at the impact on the environment, and we thought on both fronts this was a good decision for the authority," said Rich Burnfield, SEPTA's deputy general manager. The Federal Transportation Administration grant, announced Tuesday, will help pay for 25 electric buses from Proterra, a California-based manufacturer. Matt Horton, one of the company's senior vice presidents, said SEPTA's order was one of the largest from a major transit agency.
March 15, 2012 |
SEPTA will spend $171 million on 245 new buses, under a plan sent to the SEPTA board on Thursday. Most of the buses are to be built with hybrid electric-diesel engines, though 85 are slated to be cheaper diesel-powered buses. Hybrid buses are more fuel-efficient and less polluting but cost about 34 percent more than diesel buses. If the SEPTA board approves next Thursday, the contract will be awarded to NOVA Bus, a Canadian subsidiary of Swedish manufacturer Volvo Bus Corp.
March 16, 2012 |
SEPTA will spend $171 million on 245 new buses, under a plan sent to the SEPTA board Thursday. Most of the buses are to be built with hybrid electric-diesel engines, though 85 are set to be cheaper diesel-powered buses. Hybrid buses are more fuel-efficient and less polluting but cost about 34 percent more than diesel buses. If the SEPTA board approves next Thursday, the contract will be awarded to NOVA Bus, a Canadian subsidiary of Swedish manufacturer Volvo Bus Corp. The buses are to be built in NOVA's Plattsburgh, N.Y., plant.
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.
April 3, 2009 |
SEPTA plans to spend about $418 million in the next year on 23 projects, ranging from more hybrid buses to refurbished rail stations, according to the agency's proposed capital budget for fiscal 2010. That's in addition to the nearly $200 million that SEPTA is getting in federal stimulus funds to spend on 27 projects. Two hearings will be on April 21 on the proposed capital budget, which is for vehicles, buildings and other expenses that are not part of SEPTA's regular operating costs.
May 29, 2009 |
SEPTA approved a $1.13 billion operating budget and a $418 million capital budget yesterday, with none of the drama that often has accompanied budget battles, because the budgets call for no fare increases or service cuts. And Philadelphia's two newly appointed members of the SEPTA board were finally seated after months of wrangling between Mayor Nutter and City Council. The new operating budget, which will take effect July 1, provides money for the transit agency's daily operations and is 3.3 percent more than the current budget.
February 24, 2009 |
Refurbished Broad Street subway stations at Girard and Spring Garden. Forty new hybrid buses. New rail, new signals, and repainted overhead-wire poles on the Route 101/102 Media-Sharon Hill line. Renovated stations at seven stops along the R8 Chestnut Hill West rail line. Those are among 28 SEPTA projects slated to start as early as spring, with about $190 million in funds expected from the new federal stimulus law. SEPTA officials pared their wish list last week, after federal funding was reduced and formulas modified, but general manager Joseph M. Casey said, "We'll take what we can get . . . $190 million is nothing to sneeze at. " SEPTA officials met with vendors and contractors Friday, and the transit agency expects the first bids to be in by early March.