Richard Gubish is our hero


Two weeks ago, a car rear-ended a bicyclist in Bethlehem, PA.  And then attempted to speed off without stopping to help the bicyclist.

Unfortunately for the hit-and-run motorist, though, Richard Gubish, Jr, a quick-thinking bus driver with the Lehigh and Northampton Transit Authority (LANTA), was right ahead of the bicyclist and maneuvering his LANTA bus blocking the hit-and-runners’ attempted escape.

Oh, and did we mention that it was all caught on videotape?

As someone who’s been rear-ended by a motorist while on my bicycle and, as a guy who doesn’t hesitate to give bus drivers their due, kudos, Richard.

 

 

SEPTA’s 2013 Annual Service Plan changes don’t look too bad

SEPTA

Starting today at noon (and again at 5:00 pm), you can go on down to 1234 Market Street, SEPTA’s worldwide headquarters, to weigh in on the proposed 2013 Annual Service Plan. Missed today’s opportunities, a follow-up hearing will be held tomorrow at 3pm in West Chester and, of course, you can always submit your thoughts via septa.org.

With continued inaction on transportation funding in Harrisburg, you might think that SEPTA would be calling for service cut backs.  You’d be wrong.

There are only a few minor tweaks to bus routes on offer.  And, based on the information that SEPTA provides (eg, the last two runs of the day for the 88 bus are being cut because “[t]he average daily passenger count for these trips is four, and the approximate cost per passenger is $18.), they don’t look so objectionable.

 (image credit: flickr user RayBanBro66)

SEPTA lightning round to end the week

There was too much SEPTA news this week to fit into a couple of blog postings.  So it’s Friday, so let’s leave you with these:

(image credit.)

 

SEPTA’s best job? Or SEPTA’s worst job?

I took the 100–ahem, the Norristown High Speed Line line–the other day, and noticed this dude just past the Bryn Mawr station.  Apparently, he’s been there quite some time due to the ongoing track work.

According to a friend who rides this line pretty regularly, he just sits there, day in, day out, attending to the stop sign.  A vital job, no doubt.

My question, though, is this:  is this SEPTA’s best job?  Or SEPTA’s worst job?

My heart skips a beat for you, Reading Viaduct

Man, we’ve been talking about the Reading Viaduct (here, too) since like May 2008.  That was before it was cool, yo.

And now, via uwishunu.com, the surprisingly informative website with the regrettable name, comes some pretty awesome photos of what could really be.

Want more?  The Center City District has an 11-page power point available here (pdf).

Meanwhile, Hidden City Philadelphia reports that the Reading RR Company has started to pull up the old railroad tracks.  So close?

 

Not again!

From westphillylocal.com:

A car traveling eastbound entered the trolley tunnel at 40th and Baltimore on Thursday morning at 11:30 a.m. and caused a temporary disruption of service when routes 10, 11, 13, 34 and 36 were put on diversion, according to SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch. …

The crazy thing is that this happens kind of frequently.

“It’s not that uncommon,” said police spokesperson Tanya Little.

Seems like this just happened three months ago.

Closed SEPTA things I’d like to see open

My post earlier this week about the abandoned trolley terminals in the anchorages of the Ben Franklin Bridge got me to thinking how much I’d love to check them out.  And that, of course, got me to thinking about two SEPTA things that are closed that I’d like to see open.

First, the tunnel from the El station into 30th Street Station.  I sure would be great to be able to scoot through the tunnel and into 30th Street Station again without going above ground.

Second, the abandoned newsstand at City Hall Station.  I know the big redevelopment of City Hall Station is on ice until Capitol improvement money can be found.  But it would be great to pick up a Daily News or a snack from this old newsstand while I’m waiting for the El.  As I recall, this newsstand is only being used for storage now.

The trolley secrets of the Ben Franklin Bridge

One of the coolest views from public transit, in my book, is the view from PATCO as you cross the Ben Franklin Bridge.  (Second place?  Perhaps the unexpectedly sublime view of Tinicum Nature Reserve as you take the R1 into the airport.)

But what about the view of public transit inside the Ben Franklin Bridge?

The Courier-Post takes its readers inside the Bridge to explore the public transit infrastructure inside.

The most surprising stop on the tour, though, is the cavernous chamber beneath the lightning bolt sculpture near the foot of the bridge in Philadelphia.

The shadowy space, bigger than a football field, was designed as a trolley transfer station – but never saw that use.

Read more here.