September 12, 2013
THE LATEST evidence about the importance of mass transit to the region comes from a Center City District release this week that revealed that nearly 70 percent of workers who live in Center City use public transportation to get to work. Imagine the traffic nightmare if they all decided tomorrow to drive their cars to get to their jobs. Major roads would become parking lots. And don't even talk about the Schuylkill Expressway. It seems a self-evident truth that SEPTA, with its 337 million riders a year, is a vital part of the region's economy.
January 26, 2005
ASUGGESTION to help solve the SEPTA funding crisis: 1. Target those red-light runners. Use part of the fines for SEPTA. 2. Drivers with multiple offenses can either choose to pay their fines or enjoy the wonderful comforts of mass transit. Translated: Bye-bye cars, hello SEPTA. Maybe then they'll appreciate the traffic laws and finance SEPTA at the same time. Edward Dubin Philadelphia
April 25, 2013 |
SEPTA conductors and assistant conductors have rejected a tentative contract. SEPTA's board was scheduled to approve the contract Thursday, if the members of United Transportation Union Local 61 had ratified it. Now, the two sides will resume negotiations. The union represents 396 conductors and assistant conductors, whose last contract expired on Oct. 17, 2009. Two other of SEPTA's 17 bargaining units also remain without contracts: the unions representing locomotive engineers and electrical workers.
September 24, 2014 |
WHEN an anti-Islamic group decided to advertise on city buses and billboards this fall with photos of a terrorist poised to behead an American and a Muslim leader smiling at Adolf Hitler, transit officials in New York and Washington, D.C., huffed their disapproval - but allowed the ads to run. They had no choice, they said, because the ads were protected under the First Amendment. SEPTA's officials disagreed and rejected the ads. But the group behind the ads - the American Freedom Defense Initiative - won't surrender quietly.
July 30, 1986
The editorial regarding SEPTA token sales presents the erroneous impression that SEPTA has done little or nothing to promote the use and availability of tokens. In fact, since the introduction of the discounted tokens in late 1982, SEPTA has aggressively pursued token sales locations in the city and in the four suburban counties. Tokens are now available for sale at more than 200 locations. SEPTA transit stations and commuter train stations account for only part of the total outlets.
March 9, 1994 |
SEPTA and City Council sat down yesterday to a high-stakes poker game that the transit authority hopes will raise the ante on its operating subsidies. "In its fiscal 1995 budget, the city administration proposes to give SEPTA a total of $49 million in funds," explained Deputy Mayor Denise Goren. Under this proposal, close to $45 million would be transferred to SEPTA as a direct operating subsidy. The additional $4.6 million would reduce debt service on bonds floated when SEPTA took over the Philadelphia Transit Corp.
May 15, 2012 |
SEPTA has signed a three-year $316,560 contract with a Boston company to provide energy consulting services to the regional transit agency. SourceOne , a subsidiary of Veolia Energy North America , will advise SEPTA on strategies for the purchase and management of all SEPTA utilities, including natural gas, water and sewer, electricity, heating oil, and propane, said Frank Gormley, SEPTA's operating budget director. SourceOne will also evaluate the viability of alternative energy projects.
November 29, 2011
A SEPTA bus was hit by a bullet Tuesday night in the city's Point Breeze section, an agency spokeswoman said. No one was injured, said SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern. The Route 17 bus was traveling south on 19th Street at Wharton Street when a bullet pierced the driver-side window around 7 p.m., Redfern said. The bullet was found behind the driver's seat. The shooting is under investigation by Philadelphia police, Redfern said. -Robert Moran
March 31, 2012 |
Striking transit police began returning to their SEPTA posts Friday night after reaching a tentative settlement to end their nine-day strike earlier in the evening. Details of the settlement were not immediately disclosed, but the police can expect an 11.5 percent salary increase over five years and a $1,250 bonus upon ratification, based on the pattern contract approved by other SEPTA unions. The sticking point in the strike had been a 35-cent-an-hour difference in "certification" pay between the union's demand and SEPTA's offer.