July 17, 2015
SEPTA IS PLANNING to sell special one-day passes at $10 for Regional Rail travel during the papal visit in September. According to a press release by SEPTA, this is being done to "keep crowd control numbers consistent with the capacity that will be available on trains. " I commend SEPTA for their proactive approach that will have an effect on the safety of Philadelphia citizens as well the tourists planning to attend this historical event. However, in the process SEPTA has not taken into consideration those who keep SEPTA in operation: daily riders.
May 26, 2010
By Vukan R. Vuchic SEPTA is going ahead with a major change to its Regional Rail service's line designations. It claims the change is necessary because some passengers mistakenly take a line such as the R5 toward Doylestown when they mean to take the R5 toward Bryn Mawr, in the opposite direction from Center City. However, instead of improving passenger information with better signs and clearer indications of train direction, the agency is eliminating all the "R" designations. Instead, it's naming each line after one of 20 suburban stations where it terminates, such as Lansdale or Doylestown.
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
October 2, 2011 |
The business community in the tiny Chester County town of Malvern is looking forward to better times. If an economic recovery kicks in, that would be welcome, too. But for now, what will constitute better times for the stores and restaurants that line King Street, the borough's main commerce corridor, is when a construction project in the heart of town since February 2010 finally comes to an end, possibly by Nov. 1. The goal of the $9.9...
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.
January 26, 2014 |
Malfunctioning doors on SEPTA's Regional Rail trains and Market-Frankford subway-elevated cars have plagued riders this week, as snow and ice have crippled their automated operation. On the railroad, the new Silverliner V railcars appear to be especially vulnerable to snow and cold, leaving riders unable to get out at their stops. Snow and ice can short out electric motors or block the tracks on which the doors move, forcing train operators to "cut out" or turn off a door to permit a train to move.
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.