Tag Archives: SEPTA

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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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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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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Trolleys: West Philly’s Got ‘Em

I’m continuing my quest to re-post my Inquirer op-eds, which have the nasty habit of vanishing into the ether if left to their own devices (and to Philly.com). One of my favorite things about living in West Philly are the … Continue reading

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SEPTA Needs Money: Here’s How To Get Some

My latest for Next American City, on how to get more funding to the Delaware Valley’s struggling transit system: What is needed, quite simply, is more money. Unlike many other transit authorities, SEPTA relies largely on federal and state funding, while … Continue reading

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