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October 17, 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  
NEWS
March 15, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
March 16, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 3, 2009 | By Paul Nussbaum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
May 29, 2009 | By Paul Nussbaum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
February 24, 2009 | By Paul Nussbaum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
July 28, 2004
Youth ready to work A national audience got to hear Michael Negron of Memphis on Monday night. Negron was the winner of the "Speak Out for the Future" essay contest sponsored by the Democratic National Convention Committee and MTV's "Choose or Lose" campaign. One of the finalists was Zachary Hoover of Ardmore, who wrote on the qualities of youth: "We can't sit back and expect young people to get involved in the political process - we need to show them how they can work to make their world better, and that is why I support John Kerry's plan to make community service a mandatory part of public education in America.
LIVING
June 26, 2000 | By Kelly Woo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Clean-air advocates are pushing SEPTA to get rid of its diesel-powered buses and use alternative fuels such as natural gas or a combination of diesel and electric to reduce smog. The Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group released a report last week that estimates that SEPTA's 1,300 buses annually emit more than 3.75 million pounds of smog-causing nitrogen oxide pollution and 397 million pounds of carbon dioxide, the primary cause of global warming. PennPIRG director Beth McConnell said she hoped the report would galvanize SEPTA to phase out its diesel buses.
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
March 16, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 15, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
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
NEWS
May 20, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA's $1.23 billion operating budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 is likely to be approved by the board next week, following review Thursday by a committee. The full board is to meet Thursday to consider the operating budget, which pays for SEPTA's day-to-day expenses, and the agency's proposed $311.5 million capital budget, which pays for such things as new vehicles and construction projects. The operating budget, which is about 3.9 percent higher than this year's $1.18 billion budget, envisions no fare increases or service cuts.
NEWS
May 29, 2009 | By Paul Nussbaum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
April 3, 2009 | By Paul Nussbaum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
February 24, 2009 | By Paul Nussbaum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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