Thursday, April 25, 2013
As part of its movement away from tokens, the transportation company is considering capping the number of times weekly and monthly passes can be used.
SEPTA’s forthcoming New Payment Technology plans (NPT), which would move the area’s public transportation off of token-based payment and on to a smartcard system like those currently in place in New York City and Chicago, could also cap the number of rides a cardholder can take in a given month. According to a report from PlanPhilly, weekly and monthly TransPasses could be capped after 50 and 200 rides, respectively. The decision to cap the number of rides allowed per card comes as a means to limit TransPass sharing. From PlanPhilly: “There [are] probably some offices that have an office SEPTA card that they use for individuals on the staff,” he said as an example of TransPass abuse. The proposed pass limits are “quite high so that the …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
A local group hoping to convert a portion of the former SEPTA Newtown rail line to a greenway are working towards forming a non-profit.
Recently, members of Build Our Trail gathered to discuss laying the groundwork for turning their group into a non-profit organization. Build Our Trail is focused on converting a portion of the former SEPTA Newtown Rail Line in to a multi-use trail. Last month, representatives of the group appeared before the Northampton Township Board of Supervisors, seeking the support of the board in their endeavor. However, after hearing from a few member of the community who were opposed to the idea, the board decided to table the discussion for a later date. "They didn't say no, as much as they said we'll talk about it later," said Tom Hibbs, as he led the meeting. Hibbs said the group was committed as ever to advancing its mission, and the first …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
SEPTA is almost back to full service Wednesday, but the company says to expect some delays, especially on the Doylestown Line.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
SEPTA announced via its Twitter feed and website that it is relaunching all of its regional rail services Wednesday morning. Riders should be aware of potential delays, however, as the company said it is still dealing with fallout from Hurricane Sandy. "[On most lines,] some delays may be encountered due to residual storm effects," the company said in a statement. SEPTA singled out the Chestnut Hill West and Doylestown lines as ones with potential for significant delays. "These lines experienced significant damage and may operate with substantial delays," the company said in a release. Partial SEPTA service resumed Tuesday after the company suspended its service early Monday morning.
PHL International Airport, rail and bus services gradually returning to normal schedules
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
As Sandy completed its transition from coastal hurricane to winter storm Tuesday night, the frozen Northeast mass transit infrastructure it left in its wake had begun to thaw out. Following one of the largest disruptions of the U.S. aviation system since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Delta Airlines and other carriers resumed flights in and out of Philadelphia International Airport on Tuesday afternoon. US Airways, the airport's biggest tenant, planned to resume its normal schedule on Wednesday morning, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The airport itself was said to have suffered only minimal damage during the storm. Still, more than 2,100 flights for Wednesday had been cancelled around in the country in addition to the …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Hurricane Sandy could cause another day of cancelled service.
Update (7:05 p.m., Monday) SEPTA announced its full plan for Tuesday in a release on its website. The statement is below. Early Tuesday morning after the storm has passed through our area, SEPTA crews will inspect and assess the conditions of facilities, equipment and infrastructure in order to ascertain when service can be restored for all modes. This system-wide assessment process will take approximately 6 to 8 hours. The final decision to operate will be coordinated with the City's Office of Emergency Management and based on the safety of the public and our employees. At this time, service on Tuesday cannot be guaranteed, although attempts will be made to restore some service by the afternoon. It is anticipated that full service will …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Pennsylvania's Auditor General says SEPTA is "gambling with public money" in certain financing transactions.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent HARRISBURG — A recent state audit criticizes the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority for engaging in what it considers high-risk financing. Or, as Auditor General Jack Wagner calls it, “gambling with public money.” SEPTA spent $41. 4 million in tax dollars to terminate swap deals after the transactions failed to work in its favor, according to the performance audit examining SEPTA financials from 2006 through 2009. Swap transactions are made between borrowers and banks on bond interest rates to hedge against rising interest rates. In Pennsylvania, Wagner’s office has turned a critical eye toward this type of borrowing. Too uncertain, he said. “What we strongly recommend is that public …
Friday, August 3, 2012
Township Manager Robert Pellegrino asked the board if he should contact SEPTA about converting an unused rail into a multi-use trail.
Converting an unused SEPTA rail that runs through Northampton Township into a multi-use trail is a possibility, according to a recent discussion at July's Board of Supervisors meeting. Township Manager Robert Pellegrino explained to the board that old SEPTA rail tracks, which span four and a half miles across the township, haven't been in use for some time. He asked if he should contact SEPTA to see if they plan to reactivate the line and then express interest in converting the rail. If SEPTA has no plans on reactivating the line, they can give the township a long-term lease to convert it into a mutli-use trail for biking and hiking, Pellegrino said. Township Supervisor George Komelasky said that before pursing this idea, the board should …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Forty-eight SEPTA employees put money into an office Lottery pool for the April 25 drawing, as they always do for a jackpot over $100 million.
Two local men are part of 48 SEPTA employees who will share a $107.5 million jackpot after winning the Powerball Lottery on Wednesday, April 25. Holland resident James Lemongelli and John Merrigan of Churchville were announced to be two of the winners. Lemongelli is a senior contract administrator for the agency, according to SEPTA . One SEPTA worker, Bryant Vaders, of Philadelphia, purchased 120 quick-picked Powerball tickets during his lunch break for his office Lottery pool, according to a press release on the Pennsylvania Lottery website. The employees—also know as SEPTA 48—always put money into an office Lottery pool when the jackpot is over $100 million. On Friday, May 4, Lottery Executive Director Todd Rucci presented a ceremonial …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
SEPTA transit police officers went on strike today around 1:30 p.m.
Updated, Thursday, 9:48 a.m.: SEPTA released a statement on March 21 detailing their contigency plan to deal with the Fraternal Order of Transit Police strike, which began around 1:30 yesterday afternoon. The statement said management was hoping to negotiate a new contract without the strike, but they put a plan together just in case. The plan includes help from private security officers as well as reinforcements from the Philadelphia Police Department. Between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. there will be extra help due to rush hour volumes. Read the full statement here. Updated, 5:43p.m.: SEPTA's nearly 260-member transit police force walked off the job around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21 after announcing a stalemate in contract talks, according…
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
A 22-year-old Churchville resident was killed after being struck by a train in Hatboro Wednesday morning.
For the second time in three days, a man was killed after being struck by a commuter rail train on the SEPTA tracks between Willow Grove and Warminster. The victim is believed to be a 22-year-old resident of Churchville, Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Walter Hofman told Patch Wednesday evening. Hofman said the name of the victim is being withheld until dental records can be obtained and final confirmation of the victim's identity can be made. The young man died of several injuries resulting from the strike, the coroner said. Hofman said he could not yet release whether the death was a suicide, and more information would be made available sometime Thursday. Emergency crews were dispatched for reports of a pedestrian struck by a southbound …