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SEPTA stumbles across $33 million in savings, socks it away for a rainy day

A picture is worth a thousand words, but for SEPTA, videos are worth even more. The transit authority credits new cameras on its vehicles for dramatically reducing its lawsuit payments last…

    • 30th Street Station Plaza view from east

A bold vision for 30th Street Station District unveiled, but can reality meet the ambitions?

“Go West, young man.” So exhorted Horace Greeley 150 years ago, borrowing those words from another writer to embrace and celebrate American manifest destiny. They are words the Pennsylvania Railroad took…

    • SEPTAKey, June 13, 2016

SEPTA: More than 1600 get new fare card in Key pilot launch

So far, so good. SEPTA reported smooth sailing during today’s launch of SEPTA Key, the authority’s new fare card. As of early Monday afternoon, 1,685 total cards were sold, said Andrew…

    • Key ambassador Joannle Matos at a SEPTA Key kiosk.

SEPTA Key Pilot launches Monday, full transit version delayed until end of the year

After years of delays, SEPTA’s long-awaited new payment technology, SEPTA Key, will finally make its public debut on Monday. Well, kind of. Starting at 5:30 Monday morning, up to 10,000 riders…

    • Satellite photo showing proposed Midvale CHP site in relation to other SEPTA facilities

Local environmental group questions SEPTA proposal for natural gas plant in Nicetown

SEPTA enjoys a pretty good track record when it comes to bridges, maintaining over 350 that consistently deliver trains safely over rivers and highways across the region. Commuters sometimes grumble when…

    • SEPTA GM Jeff Knueppel and Uber GM for PA John Feldman announce 40% off regional rail Uber deal

SEPTA announces discount program with Uber for rides to, from 11 regional rail stations

SEPTA announced a 14-week pilot program with Uber to provide discounted rides to and from 11 of SEPTA’s regional rail stations. The transportation providers held a press conference today at SEPTA’s…

    • member robert sumwalt on the scene of the amtrak train 188 derailment in philadelphia pa flickr photo sharing

NTSB: Amtrak 188 engineer distracted by radio reports in minutes before crash

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded a yearlong investigation into the Amtrak 188 derailment that killed 8 and injured nearly 200 more, finding that the train’s engineer, Brandon Bostian, was…

    • The NTSB Go Team arrives on the scene of the Amtrak Train #188 Derailment in Philadelphia, PA.  // NTSB

One year after Amtrak 188 derailment, where does the region stand on Positive Train Control?

Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the Amtrak 188 derailment in North Philadelphia. The crash, which killed eight and injured hundreds more, could have been prevented by a new safety technology…

    • Regional Rail Paoli/Thorndale

As SEPTA Key rolls out, how will weekend TransPass rides work?

At SEPTA’s operational budget hearings earlier this week, Douglas Diehl, a dedicated transit advocate familiar to those of us who frequent SEPTA’s sundry public meetings, asked a question that stumped…

    • Passengers fear they won't be able to afford CCT service if SEPTA raises fares

Riders applaud fiscal management, air grievances at SEPTA operating budget hearing

As they have and will throughout this week of public hearings, a few members of the public provided SEPTA’s budget examiners feedback on the authority’s proposed annual operating budget and…

    • PATCO trains to New Jersey, Photo by Phillytrax

Freedom is the Key: PATCO fare cards will work on SEPTA

At its monthly meeting on Wednesday, the PATCO board approved a contract to overhaul the software behind its Freedom Card to make it compatible with soon-to-finally-arrive SEPTA Key fare payment system.…

    • A SEPTA Key validator

SEPTA Key pilot program to launch on June 13th

At long last, SEPTA’s new payment technology, SEPTA Key, will debut on Monday, June 13th. Well, sort of. SEPTA will launch its “Early Adopter” program that morning, making up to 10,000…

    • Welcome Aboard

SEPTA Capital Budget hints at even more delays for SEPTA Key, shorter wait for real-time ETA technology

SEPTA released its proposed capital budget for Fiscal Year 2017* last week, which roughly sketches the transportation authority’s construction, rehabilitation and vehicle purchase plans for the upcoming year. At 86 pages,…

    • Map of Roosevelt Boulevard and surrounding area

Mayor Kenney kicks off latest round of Roosevelt Boulevard planning. Will it be the last?

Jim Kenney invited the press to the Mayor’s Reception Room Wednesday afternoon to announce the launch of a 3 year, $5 million “Route for Change” study to make Roosevelt Boulevard a…

    • Proposed stations for new enhanced bus service along Roosevelt Boulevard

Bridled enthusiasm for new bus service proposals around University City and Roosevelt Boulevard

The small crowd that gathered at SEPTA’s headquarters in Center City to get an upclose look at the transit agency’s proposed service changes for next year murmured with cautious excitement Monday…

    • A SEPTA Key validator

The Key is patience: SEPTA again delays launch of new smartcard fare system

Once again, SEPTA officials have pushed back the estimated launch date of SEPTA Key, the transportation authority’s new farecard system that will someday replace tokens and tickets on Philadelphia’s buses, trolleys,…

    • SEPTA bus

SEPTA proposes BRT-lite, and a new bus route linking University City, Brewerytown and Grays Ferry

Ah, the signs of springtime in Philadelphia are all around us! Cherry blossoms bloom, river trails crowd, beer gardens pop-up, and new SEPTA bus routes proposed. It’s time once again for…

    • Rendering of the new entrance to reopened tunnel between 30th Street Station and SEPTA's subway and trolley station

30th Street Station District draft plan: Reopen SEPTA tunnel by 2020, cap rail yards by 2050

The 30th Street Station District team released a draft plan for overhauling the station and the surrounding area in advance of the plan’s penultimate public feedback meeting, which will be…

    • Rendering of new 40th Street headhouse with 'Nexus' by Marianne Lovink & Scott Eunson

Art Commission approves 40th St. Station entrance design

The Art Commission has approved designs for four new headhouses at 40th Street Station on SEPTA’s Market-Frankford line in West Philly. The new structures, part of SEPTA’s Art In Transit program,…

    • Crowd of around 200 listen to Liz Smith of SEPTA describe the King of Prussia extension to NHSL

Residents divided over King of Prussia rail extension proposal

Public meetings for transit projects come in one of two flavors: soporific and angry. No one yawned Monday night, when SEPTA publically unveiled preliminary plans to pursue an extension of the…

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