Here is a City Paper article that puts SEPTA’s dirty laundry out to dry.
The main gist is:
Ridership is up, but Philly’s transit system is crumbling in more ways than you can see.
How bad do you think it will get? Or will there be a political change that resolves the situation?
Plans for bus rapid transit (BRT) from New Jersey Transit were approved by the NJT board on Monday. This is a great development – a transportation best practice that speeds up transit commutes and reduces congestion is always welcome!
A question for SEPTA – when are you going to propose BRT on some of your suburban bus routes or along Route 1?
Pennsylvania House majority whip Stan Saylor (R – York) has been voicing his discontent with SEPTA regarding their decision to use diesel-electric hybrids instead of compressed natural gas (CNG) powered buses.
It seems like Rep Saylor is trying his hardest to get another customer for Marcellus Shale natural gas while stating that he will make it especially hard on SEPTA
when if PA gets around to a transportation bill. Here is his direct quote:
“I tell you, if we ever do a transportation bill, I will do everything I can to stop SEPTA from getting any more money until they change their management practices.”
SEPTA should continue to do what it needs to do in order to make updates to their fleet, reduce its dependence on natural resources and keep to their budget.
Remember – we want City Hall Station renovated!!
Two more defendants in the Route 47 bus shooting from last June pled guilty instead of going to trial.
Lawrence Rahyle, 19, was sentenced to 4 to 10 years in prison and five years of probation. He will begin serving his sentence after he completes an 11 1/2 to 23 month sentence for an unrelated gun conviction.
Keith Mup Bellamy, 23, was sentenced to 7 1/2 to 15 years in prison.
Finally, closure to one of the worst SEPTA related crimes in recent history.
Prior to the beginning of her trial, Penny Chapman pled guilty to one count of attempted murder, 11 counts of aggravated assault, two counts of possession of an instrument of crime, and related crimes. She received a sentence of 5-10 years in state prison with an additional 5 years probationary period.
Hopefully the cameras onboard the Route 23 bus can identify the woman who randomly assaulted another rider.
And a couple folks were arrested in seperate incidents at the Haddonfield PATCO Station, including one woman for a homicide in Harrisburg, PA.
Your cheap travel options for getting to NYC by bus just got reduced due to a US Dept of Transportation crack down on dangerous operations.
Megabus and Bolt Bus are still operating and will likely up their frequency to deal with an increase in demand.
Is Greyhound really still an option?
Obviously, you might decide to travel on SEPTA using the more expensive and longer trip via the Trenton Line with a transfer on NJT.
It is much safer – and cheaper than Amtrak!
Between yesterday and this morning, SEPTA vehicles have been in some thick situations, including a Route 23 bus that was rear-ended by a vehicle that injured 5 people, a man hit and seriously injured by a 15 trolley, and a man hit while waiting for the train by a Lansdale-Doylestown regional rail train.
Please be careful out there!
A route 64 bus hit a van in southwest Philadelphia on Monday. 8 people were reported injured in the accident.
A route 3 bus hit an open car door near the intersection of Frankford Ave and Kensington Ave. Noone was reported to be injured in that accident.
Also – a second Amtrak train killed a person in less than a week, this time it happened on Thursday in Claymont, Delaware causing a delay on the Wilmington/Newark regional rail line.
Jeff Cole was on the scene (in front of the Fox 29 station) and witnessed a bunch of SEPTA buses going through red lights. This investigation got the attention of SEPTA administrators who issued a notice to all drivers to follow the expected safe driving practices that they are taught.
Of note – Phlash, Greyhound, and Trolleyworks vehicles were seen blowing through red and yellow lights.