So recently, in the city of my birth on the other side of the Commonwealth, a Pirates game let out at the same time as a Marilyn Manson “concert.” Not unlike when, here in Philly, a 76ers or Fliers game lets out at the same time as a Phillies “game” (at least this year): there are lots and lots of people waiting to ride SEPTA home.
But if you can believe it, it sounds like SEPTA does a much, much better job than our friends in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh’s Port Authority just can’t afford to run extra trains. From the Post-Gazette:
But he also said the past practice of running extra trains after major events is no longer possible. With the authority facing a $64 million budget deficit and record-breaking service cuts scheduled for September, “it’s not within our financial means,” he said.
SEPTA, fortunately, hasn’t seen the kinds of service cuts that Pittsburgh’s Port Authority has experienced recently. But if the state doesn’t get serious about enacting a real transportation funding bill, it can’t be far off.
Pittsburg is facing massive service cuts to public transit on September 2. Up until now, Governor Corbett hasn’t taken any measures to get involved. Something needs to happen to deal with their $64 million deficit because cutting 46 of the 102 existing routes and having very limited service after 10 pm will negatively impact everyone!
This year, Phlash features some changes: consolidated stops, an extension up to Eastern St Penitentiary, and some reduction in service, including just Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during May, September, and October.
But the rumor on the streets (ha!) had it that Phlash was gone for good – so the good news is that as of tomorrow, you will be able to use your SEPTA pass (or Phlash pass) to ride around downtown, up the Parkway, and over to the Centennial District.