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:
We previously reported this horrific story about a 52 bus driver being beaten by three punk kids. But now some new details are emerging that show just how dangerous being a bus driver can be.
According to the Daily News, the bus driver had pressed his priority call button to try to summon police response quickly. But despite pressing this button, police still didn’t get to him in time.
Buried in this story is this detail:
In February alone, there were 458 priority request calls from drivers, she said.
Yikes. That’s more than 15 a day. Or one every hour and a half. 24 hours a day.
Ever wondered what the busiest SEPTA routes were?
Now, courtesy of The Philadelphia Business Journal, you can
wonder no more.
Broad Street Line
R5 (Paoli/Thorndale RR)
4/16 (nee C)
West Trenton RR
I’m surprised the 21 isn’t on this list. And where’s the 100 (aka Norristown High Speed Line)?
Any other surprises you see?
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Two really great SEPTA stories in the Inquirer over the past few days. Did you catch them?
On Friday, Kia Gregory
reported on a training program run by SEPTA to teach bus drivers–350 so far–about conflict avoidance and de-escalation techniques.
There were about 90 assaults on them while on duty in 2011, 81 of them physical. That was up from 20 in 2010, partly due to more aggressive reporting.
It’s tough out there.
Then on Sunday, Miriam Hill
reported on the old Philadelphia & Reading railroad tunnel, now owned and maintained by SEPTA that runs from Girard Avenue down south under the Art Museum and out near the Whole Fields behind the soon-to-open Barnes Museum.
It’s good to see the Inquirer finding good interesting SEPTA stories to write about. I’ve previously
complained about the typical boring SEPTA story that runs in the Inquirer. Here’s hoping that this is the beginning of a trend.