February 13, 2016 |
Bad weather and cheap oil are hurting Amtrak's bottom line, and its chief executive wants across-the-board cuts just four months into the fiscal year. A Feb. 9 letter obtained by The Inquirer from Joseph Boardman, Amtrak's president and CEO, to employees said that in January he requested cuts averaging 3.8 percent from the agency's department heads. It also said more significant cuts are ahead. "We are going to need to take more aggressive actions to reduce our costs," he wrote, "some of which may be painful to take.
November 7, 2015 |
Season-high train ridership at the Temple football game last weekend is the latest marker of a growing trend of people taking public transportation to college and professional football games at Philadelphia's sports complex. The 18,776 passengers who boarded the Broad Street subway line Saturday at the AT&T Station were more than any other home football game at nearby Lincoln Financial Field, according to newly released SEPTA figures. That was the day of the nationally televised game between Temple University, which went into that match undefeated, and Notre Dame.
October 26, 2015 |
Kim Smith, a 48-year-old teacher and mother of four, lives in Philadelphia's gentrifying Point Breeze neighborhood, where the city in April placed one of its racks of bright blue bicycles as part of the Indego bike-share program. As one of the 19 program ambassadors, Smith has keen interest in getting her friends and neighbors on the 1200 block of South 15th Street and throughout the lower-income neighborhood to take advantage of the hourly bike rental. Her message to wary neighbors has been consistent.
March 23, 2015 |
As SEPTA moves further down the line in planning a rail extension to King of Prussia, there are a few things we know - and many more that we don't. Among the decisions so far: It will be a spur off the Norristown High-Speed Rail Line. The entire five-mile route will be on an elevated concrete track. It will stop at the King of Prussia Mall, end at the Valley Forge Casino and Convention Center, and include two to four stops along the way. But transit planners, township officials, and business groups are still studying some of the most crucial details, including which of five proposed routes would get the most ridership, how much each route would cost, and how each would affect noise, traffic, and other environmental conditions.
March 11, 2015 |
Public transit ridership in the United States rose 1 percent to 10.8 billion trips in 2014, the highest level in 58 years, the American Public Transportation Association said Monday. Subway and train ridership was up by 3 percent, while bus ridership was down about 1 percent. The total transit ridership was the highest since 1956, when ridership was 11.0 billion. The trade group's president, Michael Melaniphy, attributed the increase to the nation's improving economy and to increasing transit options in many cities.
February 8, 2015 |
Beset by construction and foul weather, the PATCO commuter rail line saw ridership fall last year to the lowest level in six years. After steady growth for most of the last decade, the number of passengers in 2014 fell to 10,007,256, a decrease of 535,127, or 5.08 percent, from 2013. It was the worst ridership year for PATCO since 2007, when 9,406,000 passengers rode the trains. PATCO, a subsidiary of the Delaware River Port Authority, operates a 14-mile railroad between Center City and South Jersey.
November 27, 2014 |
Amtrak on Tuesday reported its smallest federally funded operating loss since 1973, as ridership on the Northeast Corridor reached a record 11.6 million passengers. Amtrak reported total revenues of $3.24 billion in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, up from $2.99 billion a year earlier, and total expenses of $4.29 billion, compared to $4.20 billion in fiscal 2013. After adjustments for depreciation and other items, Amtrak reported an federally funded operating loss of $227 million, a 37 percent decrease from 2013 and a 52 percent decrease from 2007.
October 10, 2014 |
SEPTA is shuffling equipment and workers to try to deal with chronic crowding problems on Regional Rail trains, as ridership rises and old cars and locomotives break down more frequently. Even the 120 new Silverliner V cars that have arrived since 2010 to replace 73 old cars have not solved the overcrowding issue. About 15 percent of SEPTA's rail cars are out of service on any given day, while passenger counts are up 4 percent from last year and 50 percent from 15 years ago. "The trains are so full that it's even hard to find room to stand," said Katrina Claghorn, a dietitian who commutes daily from Wayne to 30th Street Station.
June 21, 2014 |
As work crews finish the demolition phase of a $103 million track-replacement project on the Ben Franklin Bridge, PATCO commuter rail ridership has dipped by more than 6 percent. PATCO ridership was down 6.4 percent for the first two weeks of June, compared with the same period a year ago, PATCO said. That coincides with the start of the full-time closure of one track, which has resulted in fewer trains, overcrowding, and delays. But the decline was not much worse than PATCO was already experiencing this year, as construction, bad weather, and train breakdowns troubled the commuter rail line between Philadelphia and South Jersey.
March 12, 2014 |
Ridership on buses, trains, and subways in 2013 was the highest in 57 years, the American Public Transportation Association said Monday. The growth in transit ridership continued a 20-year trend attributed to higher gasoline prices, a shift by young adults away from automobiles, increased use of mobile technology, and the increasing allure of urban areas. "There is a fundamental shift going on in the way we move about our communities," said APTA president Michael Melaniphy. In 2013, riders made 10.7 billion trips on U.S. public transit systems, up 1.1 percent from 2012.