An entrance to the Market-Frankford Line at the 11th St Station has been closed since Wednesday due to cement work on the sidewalk on 11th Street from Market to Ludlow streets.
Why was this work done during the busy work week and not over a weekend? And why has the entrance been closed for 2 days already and not just for 24 hours at most? Shouldn’t transit commuters and pedestrians be top priority when work is done in the public right of way?
Finally, if non-emergency work is scheduled that requires the closure of transit entrances, local government departments and SEPTA should publicize the information in advance so that riders get a heads up before being inconvenienced. Feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with advance notice of scheduled work so that our readers are aware of potential inconveniences ahead of time.
On August 28, 2007, we first wrote about a planned community meeting in Germantown to solicit community input on the renovation of the historic Wayne Junction station. The Wayne Junction station dates from the 1880s. Today it serves five regional rail lines and a couple bus lines. And it’s definitely showing its age.
But in January, construction has gotten underway on an $18 million renovation of the station. Planned renovations include:
New elevators and an ADA-compliant egress throughout the station
New high level platform on the inbound platform and repairs to the existing high level outbound platform
Rehabilitation of the historic site features, including the station building, Germantown Headhouse, and canopies
Restoration of passenger tunnels and stairways from Wayne Avenue, Germantown Avenue and Windrim Avenue
Improved passenger amenities including audio-visual public announcement system, signage, windscreens and benches
Painting the Chestnut Hill East Line Wayne Avenue Bridge
Until my daughter was born three years ago, I had managed to live in Philadelphia for nearly a decade without ever going to the Zoo.
In the past year, I’ve become a member and visited practically every other month.
It’s a pain to get there on SEPTA from where I live, so normally I ride my bike.
So I wasn’t all that excited to hear last week that the Zoo plans on spending $24 million to build a parking garage off of Girard Ave, just west of the zoo. But I was excited to hear that they still intend to push for a stop on the Regional Rail. Now that would be exciting!
Judging from the comments on this forum, it might just have some interest. I sure would use that stop. And if rider/writer Jeff’s email to us here at SEPTAwatch.com is correct, a rail stop behind the zoo might have added benefits as well:
My reason for pushing for a Zoo stop on Amtrak’s N E Corridor Line is so N. J. Transit’s Atlantic City Rail Line trains could also stop there. Having the ability to take N. J. Transit rail passengers directly to the Philadelphia Zoo will enhance ridership on the Atlantic City line. That, coupled with a stop at North Philadelphia Station, use of the new dual mode locomotives and the terminus being at a centrally located Suburban Station will greatly improve the viability of the Atlantic City Rail Line.
This morning, 2/22/12, I arrived at Market East at 7:45 a.m. and when I went up the stairs I saw a large group of about 10 people standing directly in my path on the way to the escalator. There were several priests in full religious clothes, plus several support types holding things, and they had a large sign that said “Ashes on the Go.” They were in the process of putting ashes on the foreheads of people and were saying prayers (I could hear this myself.) One woman receiving ashes was a Philadelphia policewoman in full uniform.
I don’t believe that any group should be holding religious services in a public SEPTA station – they were in the main area where the waiting benches are. Furthermore, it is very pushy to be having a religious service right where people are trying to walk in public space. I don’t think this should be allowed at all, and may be it isn’t allowed at all. I called SEPTA and they said they’d look into it and get back to me this afternoon.
What is going on at SEPTA that they allow this type of activity? I don’t want to be hassled and pushed by any religious group in my train station on my way to work!
I asked SEPTA spokesperson, Jerria Williams, what she thought of this. Here’s her reply:
The group involved with Ashes on the Go did not contact SEPTA for permission to be at Market East. We learned that they were there from SEPTA Passenger Service personnel assigned to the station.
In that many of our customers were agreeable to receiving Ashes on the Go and the group was not blocking passageways or causing a disturbance, they were allowed to remain. However, they were told if they wanted to be on SEPTA property in the future they must contact us in advance. At that time, SEPTA management would decide whether or not to grant permission.
Look, I don’t care if religious folks practice their religion in public places like SEPTA stations–even if I have to step around them. What I do mind is when religious folks try to impose their religion on others. But more to the point: when I was a kid, we actually had to go to mass to get ashes. What happened to that part of the catechism?
This short video explains Councilman Goode’s idea that SEPTA should buy the Broad St Subway and 1/2 of the EL trains. The original lease for the two lines goes back to 1968 and may or may not have expired in 2005. SEPTA says it doesn’t have the money to buy the subways.
A vote is expected next week on Goode’s proposal that would authorize City Council to open hearings to examine the relationship between the City and SEPTA to see if more money can be generated for the city.
Unfortunately, funding for continued public transit funding is now at risk. The current version of the transit bill pending in the U.S. House of Representatives would mark a big step backward in transit funding. The NY Times ran an editorial last week decrying the bill as “uniquely terrible” and listed several reasons why it should not pass. The editorial is worth a read.
We’re a SEPTA blog. So we can’t not run this video, right? It’s been floating around the internet for about a week now–including running on Gawker (“Apparently, the SEPTA is notorious for altercations like this one”)–so we can’t just ignore it.
But we can’t really think of any thing else to say about it.
Drexel is buidling a new $97 million dollar project on Chestnut St between 32nd and 33rd Streets that will include over 350,000 ft² of retail spaces and dorms. Groundbreaking is set for Feb 21.
Because of the construction, the SEPTA bus stop at 32nd and Chestnut Streets has been moved closer to 31st Street on Chestnut. SEPTA will post signs indicating the stop’s new location. Is the bus shelter going to be temporarily or permanently removed from this location?