June 12, 1986 |
Even in the unlikely event that federal subsidies for mass transit continue at their current levels, 35 of Pennsylvania's 41 public mass-transit systems will incur deficits by the end of the decade, according to a study released yesterday. In its study, the state Legislative Budget and Finance Committee said systems ranging in size from giant SEPTA, with an annual ridership of more than 366 million passengers, to the Borough of Pottstown, whose six buses serve about 300,000 riders, will finish fiscal 1990 in the red. The combined deficits of the 35 systems will total nearly $19 million, according to the report.
July 25, 1995 |
An attempt by two Philadelphia-area congressmen to restore $10.5 million in federal operating assistance to SEPTA, along with about $125 million in similar mass-transit subsidies around the country, was defeated last night by the House of Representatives. The effort came during floor debate on a massive transportation-funding bill, in the form of an amendment offered by U.S. Reps. Thomas M. Foglietta (D., Phila.) and Jon D. Fox (R., Montgomery County). It was defeated, 295-122.
February 28, 2005
O NE WOULD THINK Republican legislators had run out of excuses for refusing to address Pennsylvania's mass-transit- funding mess. Especially after Gov. Rendell presented a $562 million, two-year plan last week that covered nearly all their concerns. GOP legislative leaders whined that they wouldn't consider a dedicated funding bill for mass transit unless it included money for roads, highways and bridges. They got it: $355 million by locking in on the recent automatic increase in the oil-based franchise tax, paid for by drivers at the gasoline pump, and increases in driver and vehicle fees.
January 5, 1996 |
I agree with Joanne R. Denworth's assessment of the need to repair the state's highways and bridges (Guest Opinion, "Fix roads, but don't forget mass transit"), but I am concerned that she is also advocating that the state's motorists reach deeper into their pockets to fund mass transit systems most of them will never use. It may surprise many motorists to learn they already pay a great deal for mass transit. Motorists pay 18 cents federal tax at the gas pump, of which only 10 cents is used for highway maintenance.
April 14, 1986 |
It has now been 23 years since the federal government got into the urban mass transit business. During this period it has forked out more than $43 billion to metropolitan rail and bus lines. The result has been a colossal failure of social engineering and one of the most scandalous abuses of the taxpayer in our nation's history. Like so many projects by the federal government, subsidies for mass transit have failed to help their intended beneficiaries. Ridership on public transit has declined from 24 billion rides in 1947 to 9 billion in 1963 to 8 billion in 1985.
August 29, 2011 |
Mass transit operations in Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey are slowly returning to normal, but lingering problems have caused some notable disruptions. SEPTA's subways, buses and trolleys are running again, but service has been suspended on the Cynwyd, Paoli/Thorndale, and Trenton Regional lines because of residual storm related problems. Service had been suspended on the Norristown line, but it was restored this afternoon. ( www.septa.org ) Amtrak trains are running between Philadelphia and Washington, but not between Philadelphia and Boston due to the extensive flooding, debris on tracks, and power problems as a result of Irene.
March 5, 1996 |
I was shocked and offended by Ted Leonard's complaint "Motorists subsidize mass transit" (Guest Opinion Jan. 5). Sure they do, and they should. All of us who drive foul the air and make noise, and some of us maim or kill other motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and ourselves. Shouldn't those of us who cause problems pay for the solution? And shouldn't Ted Leonard be glad that some people, through choice or economic necessity, continue to use public transportation? If all the people who get to work by means other than by private car suddenly started driving to work, he'd be sitting in traffic jams all the time.
May 19, 1993 |
The man picked by President Clinton to become the nation's top mass-transit official is a lifelong Philadelphian who grew up riding the Broad Street Subway and the Route 33 bus. State Rep. Gordon J. Linton, 45, a resident of West Mount Airy and an influential figure on transit issues in Pennsylvania for the past decade, was named this week to head the Federal Transit Administration in Washington, D.C. The post, still subject to confirmation by...
April 9, 1990
Future mass transit battles will not pit city against suburban interests. The people who live or work in the 'burbs are finally feeling the pinch. Route 202 traffic jams, for example, sometimes make the Schuylkill look like the region's only real expressway. Everyone agrees improving mass transit must be a top priority. There is less unanimity on solutions. But that's OK. SEPTA's call for an additional $5 billion investment in mass transit over the next decade should promote extensive debate.
December 7, 2004 |
ON DEC. 2, the city's two representatives on the SEPTA board vetoed a decision to raise the base fare to $3 a ride, which would be the highest in the nation. Fortunately, the two city reps have veto power though they only have two of 15 seats on the board. Unfortunately, the same rules allow that veto to be overridden by the rest of the suburban-dominated board on Dec. 16. The veto power is only symbolic. The veto is symbolic of the fact that those two SEPTA board members are there to represent Philadelphia, which contributes the highest subsidy of the five counties served by the authority and the highest portion of the authority's fare revenue.