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Old December 17th, 2013, 11:46 PM   #161
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Old December 18th, 2013, 03:45 AM   #162
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SEPTA still runs PCCs? I thought that SF was the only operator left.. (and as historic trains at that)
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Old December 18th, 2013, 07:35 AM   #163
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PCCs are used across the country, from Ashmont to Kenosha to San Francisco and San Diego.
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Old December 23rd, 2013, 08:42 PM   #164
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SEPTA outlines ‘Catching Up’ investment plan
23 Dec 2013



SEPTA is planning to renew track on the Norristown High Speed Line, with fleet replacement envisaged in the medium term.

USA: SEPTA, the transport authority which provides urban and suburban rail services in the metropolitan area around Philadelphia, plans to double its annual capital expenditure of $300m by 2018 under a wide-ranging investment programme.

At a board meeting on December 19, SEPTA officials proposed a multi-year spending programme entitled ‘Catching Up’ to renew infrastructure, enhance stations and acquire vehicles across its suburban rail, light rail and streetcar routes. This would overcome what the agency reports to be a $5bn backlog in repairs and maintenance.

SEPTA’s increased funding stream stems from a transportation bill narrowly approved by the Pennsylvania state legislature in November. SEPTA General Manager Joseph Casey had earlier in the year outlined a ‘doomsday scenario’ of service cuts and line closures had further investment not been forthcoming.

High on the list of infrastructure priorities are a series of bridge replacements on the Media/Elwyn suburban line, and renewal or replacement of the substations which feed the overhead power supply on the suburban network. Electrical switchgear would be overhauled, and catenary replaced on several lines. Rolling stock spending would see SEPTA’s remaining Silverliner IV EMUs retired, whilst new electric locomotives and double-deck coaches would replace its AEM-7 fleet on local services on the Northeast Corridor.

Other improvements include a programme of track renewals across SEPTA’s two metro lines, eight Trolley routes and the Norristown High Speed light rail line, plus refurbishment of the city centre Trolley tunnel. Several stations are also planned for refurbishment, while a programme of repairs is envisaged for the large subterranean pedestrian concourses which link the various urban rail lines in the centre of Philadelphia.
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Old January 6th, 2014, 01:48 AM   #166
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I was recently in Philly and noticed that the subway only took cash and was operated with tokens. Are there any plans to upgrade to fare cards and allow credit card to be used?
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I was recently in Philly and noticed that the subway only took cash and was operated with tokens. Are there any plans to upgrade to fare cards and allow credit card to be used?
http://www.septa.org/fares/npt/

Keeps being delayed , the PATCO system does have a payment setup like that.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 07:51 PM   #168
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Any pictures of Philadelphia Subway / Trams, during this "Polar Vortex" ?
How overground sections have been working during this period of freezing and snowy weather ?
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Old January 13th, 2014, 09:46 PM   #169
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Any pictures of Philadelphia Subway / Trams, during this "Polar Vortex" ?
How overground sections have been working during this period of freezing and snowy weather ?
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SEPTA is looking to implement all night subway service on Friday and Saturday nights.

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SEPTA to restore all-night subway service

SEPTA will restore all-night subway service on Fridays and Saturdays, at least temporarily, beginning in June, officials said Monday.

SEPTA's proposed new operating budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 includes several hundred thousand dollars to run the Broad Street and Market-Frankford Lines all night on Fridays and Saturdays.

Since 1991, subway service has been halted between midnight and 5 a.m., with Nite Owl buses substituted on those routes. Increasing nightlife and residential activity in Center City prompted SEPTA officials to bring back the subway service.

Chief financial officer Richard Burnfield said the program would be an experiment from mid-June until Labor Day.

If ridership and customer reaction is positive, SEPTA could continue the late-night service after Labor Day, Burnfield said.

SEPTA's proposed $1.33 billion operating budget and its proposed $571.8 million capital budget will be unveiled at a series of hearings starting Wednesday.

The only fare increases in the budget are the already-approved boost in cash fares that will take effect once SEPTA's long-delayed "smart card" electronic-fare system is activated.

That system is not likely to be in full use until 2015, so cash fare increases to $2.50 (from the current $2.25) that had been approved to take effect July 1 won't be imposed until the system is fully in place next year, Burnfield said.

The operating budget, up from the current $1.28 billion, includes a planned increase in the workforce from 9,440 employees to 9,526, primarily to support more construction projects.

The budget also assumes a 3 percent increase in labor costs, including wages and benefits.

SEPTA is in talks with its largest unions in an effort to avoid a possible transit strike.

The unions have asked for two annual wage increases of 5 percent, while SEPTA has offered a two-year contract with wage increases of 2 percent in the first year and 3 percent in the second.

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Old May 4th, 2014, 10:30 AM   #173
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If the 24-hr subway experiment goes well and made permanent SEPTA ridership could explode. Only SEPTA can increase ridership without increasing fares or building new lines. In a few years Philly will have higher ridership NUMBERS than Chicago.

And does everyone know that SEPTA has the best commuter rail in the country?
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SOM tasked with transforming Philadelphia railway station
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A design consortium has been appointed to come up with a development master plan for Philadelphia’s 30th Street station.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), in association with Parsons Brinckerhoff, OLIN, and HR&A Advisors, has been chosen to develop a station master plan as part of wider scheme which is aiming to turn the USA’s ‘tired’ railway stations into ‘the centrepieces of thriving urban neighbourhoods’.

The master plan will consider options for the area surrounding the station, including the 75 acres of rail yards beside the terminal.

SOM has already contributed to the Denver Union Station Redevelopment, which is close to completion, and last year, the design house published a series of striking concept images for Penn Station in New York.

Bob LaCroix, Amtrak chief of corridor development, said: “Along with our great partners, we look forward to developing a bold vision for the precinct that accommodates growing demand for passenger rail service and outlines a framework for development that can reshape the Philadelphia skyline for generations to come.”

Roger Duffy, SOM design partner, described the project as “a singular opportunity to re-imagine one of the most significant and dramatic urban areas in America”.

Further station master plans are being drawn up in Washington, DC, Baltimore and Chicago.

The design phase is expected to last two years
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Old June 3rd, 2014, 06:05 PM   #175
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Philadelphia's new smartcard system will be called SEPTA Key (Pennsylvania is the Keystone State).



Source: http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/0...npt-septa-key/

This has been delayed for a while. According to Philadelphia magazine, "SEPTA Key cards won't be available to the general public until February or March of 2015."

It also means that SEPTA tokens will eventually be phased out. This was one of the last, if not the last, US mass-transit system to accept tokens.
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PATCO ridership drops 6 percent

Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2014, 1:40 PM

As work crews finish the demolition phase of a $103-million track-replacement project on the Ben Franklin Bridge, PATCO commuter rail ridership has dipped by more than 6 percent.

PATCO ridership was down 6.4 percent for the first two weeks of June, compared to the same period a year ago, PATCO said. That coincides with the start of the full-time closure of one track, which has resulted in fewer trains, overcrowding and delays.

But the decline was not much worse than PATCO was already experiencing in 2014, as construction, bad weather and train breakdowns bedevilled the commuter rail line between Philadelphia and South Jersey.

For the first four months of 2014, PATCO ridership was off by 6.23 percent from the same period in 2013, with 3.31 million riders, down from 3.53 million.

PATCO had enjoyed growing ridership almost every year for more than a decade, but that ended last year.

Ridership slipped slightly, to about 10.5 million passengers, from 10.6 million in 2012, the highest since 1999, according to PATCO's most recent tabulations.

The current construction also has reduced car and truck traffic on the bridge, as lane closures have caused traffic backups into Philadelphia and Camden.

Vehicle traffic was down by 4.5 percent, or 264,000 vehicles, for the first four months of 2014, compared to the same period in 2013. That resulted in $1.4 million less in toll revenue.

Thursday was Day 17 of a planned 60-day closure of the PATCO track on the south side of the bridge, as part of a two-year project to replace tracks, signals and other components.

Ninety percent of the demolition on the south side track is complete, Mike Venuto, chief engineer for the Delaware River Port Authority, said Thursday.

Next is repair of steel beams, sand-blasting and painting, before installing new concrete to support the new rails and equipment, Venuto said.

Construction is on schedule to permit the south track to be reopened in early August, he said.

Then the track on the north side of the bridge will be closed for 50 days to permit similar demolition and construction there.

The entire project is slated to be finished by early 2016.

PATCO's efforts to ease overcrowding by returning refurbished train cars to service also has been pushed back - again.

Now the first eight cars rehabbed in a Hornell, N.Y., factory won't be ready for service until early August, Venuto said. That's a year behind the schedule announced in 2012.

Issues with the cars' braking performance have apparently prompted more testing.

The entire fleet of 120 PATCO cars is being refurbished, 26 cars at a time, by Alstom Transport Inc., a French train-builder, in a $194 million project.

In addition to the eight "pilot" cars now being tested at Lindenwold, four others are ready to be shipped to PATCO, Venuto said.

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SEPTA Renaming Market East Transit Hub to Jefferson Station
Change would be the second time the transit authority sold naming rights for a station
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Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014 • Updated at 10:41 AM EDT

SEPTA is poised to rename one of its largest transit hubs on behalf of a corporate sponsor this week.

The transit authority is expected to announce Thursday that it will rename the Market East Station in Center City Philadelphia to Jefferson Station -- on behalf of the Jefferson Health System.

SEPTA and Jefferson officials would not comment on the matter to NBC10 ahead of Thursday's event. But a map for the Market-Frankford El posted to SEPTA's website already shows the name change.

The tech-centric website Technically Philly first posted a photo of a SEPTA rail map showing the health system's logo at Market East's current location. The site said the picture was provided by a tipster.

Market East is one of SEPTA's busiest stations connecting the El, bus lines and regional rail trains to The Gallery at Market East shopping mall. Thomas Jefferson University and its trauma center sit just three blocks south of the station.

The change marks the second time SEPTA has chosen to sell the naming rights to a station. The former Pattison Avenue stop on the Broad Street Subway was renamed AT&T Station in 2010. The five-year deal netted $5 million for the transit authority.

Last year, SEPTA showed NBC10.com the new ways it was using advertising to raise cash including wrapping its regional rail trains in ads. A spokesperson said then that SEPTA was considering renaming other stations.

Suburban Station could be next. The Philadelphia Inquirer says rumors have been swirling that Verizon or Comcast could nab up the name for the regional rail hub. (Comcast is the parent company of NBC10.)
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New entrances to City Hall station (opened 4 Sep 2014)

New entrances at Dilworth Park (Philadelphia City Hall)


Kimberly Paynter/WHYY; source: http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/h...social-inbound


Kimberly Paynter/WHYY source: http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/h...social-inbound


Kimberly Paynter/WHYY; source: http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/h...social-inbound


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source: https://twitter.com/jenniferkates/st...08579277205505


source: https://twitter.com/NussbaumPaul/sta...98508388401152


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