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.
July 15, 2015 |
SEPTA will start selling one-day Regional Rail passes for the papal visit Monday at $10 each, with sales limited to 10 per purchase and available only online. SEPTA officials said 175,000 passes will be sold for each day of the visit by Pope Francis, Sept. 26 and 27. For non-rail passengers, three-day papal passes for subways, trolleys, and buses will go on sale online on July 27. SEPTA will sell 750,000 of those passes, good for Sept. 26 through 28. On subways, trolleys, and buses, customers can also use tokens, and regular weekly and monthly passes.
July 8, 2015 |
THE MAN DUBBED the "Mayfair Tire Slasher" was sentenced by a judge yesterday to three to six years in state prison for violating his probation and for attempting to puncture a SEPTA bus driver's private car. David Toledo, 47, his head bowed, apologized for his actions. "Please don't send me to prison," he pleaded before Common Pleas Judge Edward Wright. But Wright told Toledo that his second chance was up. The judge, in May 2014, angered Mayfair and Holmesburg residents when he sentenced Toledo to two years' probation after a jury convicted him of slashing 12 neighbors' tires on Aldine and Teesdale streets, near Frankford Avenue, in Holmesburg, in 2012.
July 3, 2015 |
A SEPTA train at a maintenance facility in Malvern was rolling along at 18 m.p.h. - five miles over its authorized speed limit - when a beep sounded and an orange light lit up on the display unit of the Positive Train Control (PTC) system. In a few seconds, the one-car train automatically slowed and came to a stop, jerking dozens of riders on board. The brief ride was staged by SEPTA to show off its new $328 million system that slows down speeding trains, if an engineer fails to comply with signals governing train speed and movement.
July 2, 2015 |
SEPTA's busiest bus route is getting a makeover come November. The Route 23 bus will become two distinct routes known as the 23 bus and the 45 bus. The change was one of several transit proposals approved by the SEPTA board. "We decided to split it because the 23 had a really hard time sticking to its schedule," said Dan Nemiroff, senior operations planner at SEPTA. The northern route, to be known as the 23 bus, will travel from Chestnut Hill toward Center City via Germantown Avenue and 12th Street.
July 1, 2015 |
HERE WE GO again. More video showing a police officer behaving badly. This time it was a SEPTA cop captured on cellphone and surveillance video grabbing an alleged fare evader by the throat while the man held his 18-month-old daughter. The videos caught Officer William Crawford, a 16-year SEPTA police veteran, attempting to pull Ellis Smith, 20, off the train during Thursday's rush hour on the Market-Frankford Line. An internal affairs investigation is underway. We've been here so often we have a script, don't we?
June 29, 2015 |
WARNING: The above video contains language some would find inappropriate. A SEPTA TRANSIT Police officer is being investigated by Internal Affairs for a physical altercation with a man holding a toddler on the El, authorities said. The confrontation, which was captured on cellphone video and posted on Facebook, occurred about 5 p.m. Thursday on the Market-Frankford line. SEPTA police said the man boarded the train at the Margaret-Orthodox station without paying his fare. Surveillance video released yesterday by SEPTA shows the following chain of events: The first officer boards the train at Erie-Torresdale and begins a conversation with the man, who is seated holding a little girl.
June 28, 2015 |
WARNING: The above video contains language some would find inappropriate. A SEPTA police officer was captured on video shoving an alleged fare evader by the throat into a subway train's wall - while the man holds his toddler daughter. The video, recorded on a transit authority camera in a westbound Market-Frankford El train Thursday, was played for reporters at an afternoon news conference held by SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III. Nestel said that his department "doesn't teach people to do that" and that an internal investigation had been launched.
June 27, 2015 |
The SEPTA board on Thursday approved, without discussion, changes to the pension plan for SEPTA's 1,800 nonunion workers. The changes will require management and administrative employees, who now pay 1 percent of theirannual salary toward their pension fund, to contribute 2.5 percent starting in December and 3.5 percent starting in December 2016. Also, the formula for determining the pension pay-out will be changed, to increase the value of a future pension for employees who remain with SEPTA for many years.
June 26, 2015 |
SEPTA managers and other nonunion employees will be required to pay more toward their pensions, and managers hired in the future will be offered smaller pensions, under a plan expected to be approved Thursday by the SEPTA board. About 1,800 supervisory, administrative, and management employees will be affected by the changes, designed to improve the "long-term financial stability" of the transit agency's pension plan, SEPTA officials said Wednesday. The move is the latest by a public employer to reduce pension costs and shift more of the expense to employees and away from taxpayers.