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.
September 24, 2014 |
The Obama administration has given SEPTA about $87 million to protect transit properties from future storms, officials said Monday. The $86.7 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration's emergency relief program will be used for seven projects: Railroad embankment and slope stabilization, $18.7 million. To stabilize and harden slopes along a series of 19th century railroad cuts in Montgomery and Delaware Counties used by the Warminster, West Trenton, Lansdale/Doylestown, and Media/Elwyn Regional Rail lines.
September 12, 2014 |
MAYBE IT doesn't really need to be said after all these years, but Philadelphia kind of has a bad reputation. No, it's not about the smell - that's more of a Jersey thing - but the people who call this city home are known for being rude, for having short fuses, for always being thisclose to blurting out, "No, screw YOU!" To date, there isn't a known medical cure for this condition. But SEPTA is going to try to make a dent in the problem. The transit agency on Tuesday launched "Dude It's Rude," an advertising campaign/gentle intervention aimed to get riders to curb knuckleheaded behavior.
September 11, 2014 |
THIS KID really wanted to get home from school. A 16-year-old boy went ballistic Monday afternoon at the Erie-Torresdale stop of SEPTA's Market-Frankford El, fighting with the agency's Transit Police, threatening to punch a cashier and then hopping onto the roof of a moving train. "This was bizarre behavior, something we've never seen before," Transit Police Inspector Steven Harold said yesterday. "Obviously, this juvenile has mental issues, and is extremely lucky that he didn't hurt someone or himself.
September 8, 2014 |
Market East Station, the 30-year-old subterranean commuter rail hub beneath Center City, will be renamed Jefferson Station in a multimillion-dollar deal between SEPTA and Jefferson Health System. SEPTA, Jefferson, and city officials will unveil new signs Thursday at a news conference in the station. The deal will mean millions of dollars for SEPTA and increased public exposure for Jefferson, whose Thomas Jefferson University Hospital complex is just two blocks south of the station.
September 6, 2014 |
Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals will pay $4 million for a five-year deal to put the Jefferson name on SEPTA's Market East commuter rail station in Center City. For an extra $3.4 million, Jefferson can keep the naming rights for an additional four years - a decision it will make at the end of its initial term. SEPTA will get 85 percent of the money, and its New York-based advertising agency, Titan Worldwide, will get 15 percent, officials said. The new Jefferson Station name was unveiled in ceremonies Thursday morning at the 30-year-old subterranean rail hub. Stephen Klasko, president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health System, said the name would raise Jefferson's presence in the region and demonstrate its desire "to provide access to everyone.
September 4, 2014 |
THOMAS JEFFERSON University is likely to wake up tomorrow morning as a SEPTA station as well as a hospital system and an institution of higher learning. Last week, the Technical.ly Philly website posted a tipster's photo of a new SEPTA map that shows "Jefferson Station" where "Market East Station" used to be. Then yesterday, SEPTA announced a news conference for tomorrow morning to "reveal a major change for Market East Station," but wouldn't say what the change is. Meanwhile, signs outside the doors of the station have been covered over, suggesting a change is in the works.
August 30, 2014 |
The Budweiser Made in America music festival will again shine an international spotlight on Philadelphia - and bring the usual street closures and traffic detours in Center City through the Labor Day weekend. SEPTA will respond by increasing service on its Broad Street and Market-Frankford Lines as well as Regional Rail service to accommodate the influx of people attending the two-day event along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Nearly 50 acts will perform on four stages, including Kanye West on Saturday night and Pharrell Williams and Kings of Leon on Sunday night.
August 28, 2014 |
STARTING Monday, SEPTA will extend its citywide "Pay As You Enter" fares to the last outpost of distance-dependent "Pay As You Exit" fares when it converts Suburban Transit Routes leaving 69th Street Transportation Center. This eliminates "Pay As You Exit" logjams - exiting riders had to pay at the front while incoming riders were boarding there. Cash fares for all bus, subway and trolley riders are $2.25, except for premium routes 123, 124 and 125 to King of Prussia/Valley Forge ($3.75)