December 30, 2015
When will SEPTA Key be available? According to the transit agency, the card will be available as a replacement for weekly and monthly passes by the end of March, but will not have full functionality until the end of the summer. What will it do? It will pay for rides on the subway, buses, and trolleys. It will take the place of every fare type on the city's transit system, except Regional Rail. It can be used as a single-ride card and can be replenished at kiosks and online, or, with some personalized versions of the card, can be linked directly to a bank account and draw from that automatically.
July 17, 2015 |
WHEN RONALD Bryant retired from the Philadelphia Police Department after 28 years, he didn't want to be a greeter at Walmart or be stacking boxes at a grocery store. He wanted to do what he knows best: protect and serve. Last month Bryant, 55, joined the SEPTA Transit Police as a member of the department's second batch of "lateral transfers" - trained law-enforcement officials who swap gigs at other departments for a chance to watch over the city's mass-transit system - that the agency is trying to recruit.
March 14, 2015 |
SEPTA's efforts to block city bus ads proclaiming "Jew Hatred: It's in the Quran" violate free-speech protections and should be halted, a federal judge has found. In a case that grappled with basic First Amendment issues over disparaging advertising, District Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg ruled Wednesday that SEPTA had inconsistently run public-issue ads from other organizations, and cleared the way for a private group's ad that seeks to end U.S. aid to Islamic countries using a provocative headline and a photograph of Adolf Hitler meeting with an Arab leader.
February 6, 2015 |
MICHAEL, a Frankford teen, is a poster boy for all the wrong reasons. Last year, Michael - a pseudonym, because most of his offenses were committed as a juvenile - was cited 15 times in six months for hopping onto a SEPTA train without paying, law-enforcement sources said. It got so bad, one SEPTA Transit Police officer told the Daily News , that the cashiers at his most frequently visited stations began to recognize him and would tip off police before he even approached their windows.
June 15, 2014 |
With a growing prospect of a SEPTA Regional Rail strike, commuters and employers are scrambling to make other plans for getting to work. About 60,000 people in the region make 126,000 train trips a day, on average. Many of those riders are likely to take cars onto already crowded rush-hour highways or squeeze aboard packed buses and subways. Some major Center City employers are encouraging employees to work flexible hours or from home, if their jobs permit. Carpooling, employer shuttle buses from distant parking lots, and temporary work from remote office branches are other stopgap plans.
March 19, 2013 |
SEPTA's largest labor union has called for early negotiations to reduce the prospects for a transit strike next year. Transport Workers Local 234, which represents 5,100 bus drivers, subway and trolley operators and mechanics, sent a letter to SEPTA management requesting an exchange of contract proposals by June and face-to-face bargaining by August. The TWU's current contract expires March 14, 2014. The union went on strike in Nov., 2009, shutting down bus, subway and trolley service for six days.
February 27, 2013
SEPTA won the 2012 transit Oscar - the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) award for Outstanding Public Transportation System in a major metropolitan area. APTA cited these accomplishments: * $191 million in federal-stimulus-funded projects - $71.2 million for rehabbing 16 transit and railroad stations (including Spring Garden and Girard stations), $61.1 million for repairing/rebuilding tracks and bridges, $23.7 million for communications and signal systems and $20.5 million for new hybrid buses.
February 8, 2013
"HONESTLY, I have no sense of time," admitted Wendy Smith Born, gears turning in an attempt to pinpoint precisely when her Metropolitan Bakery began working with upstart Point Breeze coffee roasters GreenStreet. Though the years might blend together slightly, there's no disputing how long she and James Barrett have been at it. Two decades have passed since the bread bakers opened at 19th and Manning Streets in Center City. And on Monday, they debuted the adjoining Metropolitan Café, an addition that, despite its modern trappings, has been on the to-do list for 20 years.
November 23, 2012 |
SEPTA MIGHT BE a vast and complicated transit operation, but it was John LaForce's playground. "For a transportation system as technically huge and complex as SEPTA, John was the one guy who knew how virtually everything worked - down to the last screw and circuit-breaker," said Richard C. Maloney, SEPTA's director of public affairs. "He had a photographic memory of the entire SEPTA infrastructure for the last 50 years - literally. " No wonder. John started working for Philadelphia's transit system in January 1954, when it was run by the Philadelphia Transportation Co. He started as a streetcar operator, and over the years drove buses, subways and trolleys, and became a specialist in signals, chief engineer of power and deputy chief engineering officer, his last title.