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.
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, 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
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.
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.
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
February 4, 1990 |
Residents of Cliff Terrace in Wyncote were scheduled to meet with Cheltenham Township officials and SEPTA representatives Friday to discuss how to replace a row of trees that SEPTA workers cut down. The trees had screened the parking lot at the Jenkintown-Wyncote Train Station. If SEPTA's offer isn't satisfactory, Peter Wieck - who now has a view of cars, floodlights and train tracks instead of half-century-old poplars and tulip trees - says he will organize a sit-in to block access to the lot. A resident of the dead-end street of Victorian twin homes noticed the tree- cutting on Jan. 23. SEPTA workers were trimming and felling between 12 and 15 mature trees, according to spokeswoman Marge Sullivan.