Whoops! Looks like SEPTA started off on the wrong foot this morning and sent a Regional Rail train down the wrong track for a mile or so:
Jesus christ. My train just went the down the wrong track for over a mile. Now backing up.
And speaking of Regional Rail, WHYY’s new Newsworks site has a story about Mt. Airy and other stations and the debate regarding what the ADA requires from any renovations.
For those keeping track, these are the same ADA requirements that have been holding up any renovation work on City Hall Station:
This issue was in the news earlier this year, when a federal judge declared SEPTA’s renovation of the City Hall station was not in compliance, since the nearest elevators are blocks away in Suburban Station (a decision SEPTA is still fighting).
The fact is, elevators are expensive. And SEPTA’s money troubles just keep getting worse. Philly.com reports that SEPTA just lost out on $30M of federal funding that could have gone toward the mythical smart card fare system.
This is the third defeat on the long road to modernization:
SEPTA had hoped to get some of the money for the fare system from the state, as part of the revenue expected from tolls on I-80. But the U.S. Department of Transportation rejected the state’s tolling plan in April.
Agency officials also tried unsuccessfully to get $75 million for the fare system last year from the federal stimulus funding program.
This third defeat was a potential TIGER II grant. SEPTA is looking at other options including a revenue-sharing agreement with the bid winner, who would pay for the installation. The back end is being prepared however, with new fareboxes installed on buses and trolleys and fiber optic lines run to subway and El stations.
I’ll end by directing your attention to this article over at The Transport Politic, discussing how San Francisco wants to improve the efficiency of their Muni bus system by cutting stops. Not a terrible idea, especially for anyone familiar with crawling along Walnut or Chestnut Streets, but SEPTA has previously stated they have no interest in the idea.