Category Archives: transit

The Unfunding of Philly’s Public Transit

I recently wrote a piece for Pacific Standard on the never ending rail v. bus debate. As I wrote the article I ended up being overwhelmed by how pointless the conversation seemed in the shadow of the austerity pressures that … Continue reading

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Transfers are an inconvenience for riders, so we shouldn’t have to pay for them

As long as I’m re-posting  work that was published awhile ago, here’s my first (and so far only) piece for Axis Philly. It’s about transit in Philadelphia, the historical fights over fare increases, why this one isn’t attracting as much … Continue reading

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Will someone please give SEPTA some money?

SEPTA’s Capital budget hearings were sparsely populated and super depressing, largely because there just isn’t that much to be done. SEPTA’s capital budget is really small: $308 million (compare with $1.7 billion for NJ Transit). The federal government no longer … Continue reading

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The worst idea in SEPTA’s Operarting Budget

Last month I covered SEPTA’s Philadelphia operating and capital budget hearings for Next City. I’m not sure which were more depressing, but I’ll start with the operating budget hearings because they came first. They were packed with people, most of … Continue reading

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Bikes for all!

Earlier today Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter test rode a bike share, well, bike around Rittenhouse Square. Now we’ll see if he can actually get the $3 million he needs from City Council, where the Mayor may face a much tougher … Continue reading

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Philly Regional Rail System is Great, Nonsensical, and Inequitable

My piece for Next City on the problems, and potential, of SEPTA’s regional rail network. There’s a lot of fun history and weird bits about contemporary labor relations. And there’s no doubt that the system is more oriented towards suburban … Continue reading

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Digging into the new regional rail fare changes

Exactly one month ago I dug into SEPTA’s fare data for the upcoming July 1 hikes. While fares will mostly be going up across the board, the re-shuffling of regional rail zones will actually save some suburban commuters money. At … Continue reading

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Fare Free Forever!

I love public transportation. I love being able to read, nap, or work while I’m getting where I’m going. I love people watching. And I can only imagine I would love it all the more if I never had to … Continue reading

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SEPTA: Tokens (Soon To Be) No Longer Accepted

February ruined me this year. I got deathly ill three weeks ago and was able to do little but hack and read Stephen King’s The Stand for days on end. It was pretty awful and I’m only just starting to … Continue reading

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In the future, cars will drive you

The 1980s shock comedian Sam Kinison had a bit about drunk driving, a defense of-sorts, that went something like “But how are you going to get your car home?”  (He was later killed by a drunk driver after he himself … Continue reading

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