November 6, 2009
As I stood in line waiting for my train home for more than an hour Tuesday night, I debated whether the SEPTA union president had lost his mind, or whether I should get a job driving a bus. As the time passed and the guy behind me kept sneezing, I got more and more agitated at Willie Brown, the SEPTA union head who walked away from the bargaining table in the middle of the night, leaving thousands of riders in the lurch. Calling a strike without warning at 3 a.m. was dirty pool.
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.
March 23, 2015 |
Wetter. Warmer. Wilder. That long-term weather forecast for the Philadelphia region means trouble for SEPTA, especially on its railroad, subway, and trolley routes. A federal report released this month, which used SEPTA as a case study for the nation's transit systems, predicts that average temperatures in Philadelphia will rise by 3 to 6 degrees by 2050, with greater annual rainfall and more frequent "heavy precipitation events. " That means SEPTA can expect more flooding, sagging rail-power lines, mudslides, toppled trees, and washed-out rail beds.
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.
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.
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.