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

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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.

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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?

Service cuts beyond imagination (in Pittsburgh)

Budget issues are creating the worst possible scenario for public transportation users in Pittsburgh.  The proposed plan includes not only a fare increase but also severe service cutbacks. 46 of the current 102 bus routes would be eliminated! 

Governor Corbett’s actions (or inaction) to deal with Pittsburgh’s situation will be an indicator on how well he will handle budget issues that appear to also be on the horizon for SEPTA.

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