They took long enough to get here: the Silverliner V car order was plagued by delays and production problems of all kinds. SEPTA formally took delivery of the last of the 120 cars in March, three years behind schedule.
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Those shiny new SEPTA Regional Rail cars sure look great, don’t they?
A 14-month-old baby fell into the tracks at the 56th Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line yesterday afternoon, after her stroller, which was not in a locked position, rolled away from the platform. (Her mother, 28, had become distracted.) Within a few moments, her mother jumped into the tracks and lifted her out. The infant suffered minor facial injuries and was brought to CHOP.19 seconds after a bystander hit the SEPTA emergency call button, an incoming train from 60th Street was halted. Absent that, it might have arrived within a minute. [Daily News]
Some of our betters in Harrisburg apparently think so. City Paper's Dan Denvir reports:Funding for SEPTA and other public transit is "subsidizing a minority of our population’s bus fare, which is just more welfare," said state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), according to an e-mail discussion obtained by the Capitolwire news service (subscription only).Metcalfe's comments were sparked by an e-mail sent out by Rep. Tom Killion (R-Delaware) citing "a new report [that] showed 27 percent of the state’s transportation funding went to southeastern Pennsylvania – Bucks, Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester and Montgomery counties – while that region had 32 percent of the state population
Um, lady, you're not supposed to do that:
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After the Eagles and Phillies, bashing SEPTA is the third-most-loved sport in Philadelphia, which is kind of unfair, because moving tens of thousands of people around the region every day, in a timely fashion, is really very difficult. Really. So the news out of budget hearings is somewhat alarming: The agency says its proposed $308 million capital budget—the money it uses to build new stuff and do major repairs on old stuff—isn't enough.In fact, the number represents a 25 percent cut since 2010. The Inquirer reports on the consequences of the proposed budget:Most of the money in the $308
When SEPTA transitions to a tokenless world next year, $1 paper transfers will also go extinct. Instead, if you want to hop from trolley to bus (or any two-seat ride) you've got two options. 1: Pay that $1 transfer fare with a smart media" tool (SEPTA smart cards or swipeless debit cards); 2: Pay the full fare over again in cash.Put another way: If you need to make two trips, using only cash, you'll pay $2.50 for both of them, and be out a Lincoln. If you have a smart device, however, you'll pay a base fare of $1.80, and
CBS Philly reports on a new "virtual library" being operated by the Free Library of Philadelphia at Suburban Station; it consists of 76 "brightly colored" boards, containing codes that commuters can scan to download e-books and audiobooks down to their phones and tablets. "Free Library president Siobhan Reardonsays riders will find a sample of 80,000 e-books, 8,000 audiobooks, and 1,000 author podcasts at the Suburban Station kiosk throughout the month of April." The Free Library says it believe this is the first virtual library located at a train station.
At 12:40 p.m. yesterday at the Cecil B. Moore station on the Broad Street line, a man walked off the subway platform (deliberately or not, it isn't clear), falling onto the tracks. As a crowd of onlookers began to mill about and peer concernedly down at him, 32-year-old Christopher Knaflec sprang up, jumped down, and instructed a SEPTA cashier to stop a southbound train. Knaflec's own story, Daily News reports, is remarkable in its own right: the Good Samaritan has long struggled with drug addiction, and is now in Philly trying to clean up and resume his studies at Temple. Video
Rather than get a righteous outrage worked up over the 15-year-old mom who accidentally left her baby at a SEPTA station Monday because she and her mother were apparently trying to cheat the transit fare, let’s cool our heels and remember three things: