Starting with their Downeaster service in Maine, Amtrak has begun using an electronic ticketing system that is similar to the successful system used on airlines which utilize barcodes. Tickets can be purchased online or on a rider's cell phone. Unlike SEPTA's NPT system, Amtrak won't be using risky RFID technology or ask riders to climb over turnstiles each day. Read more
In another example of SEPTA wasting your money, SEPTA has decided to eliminate service on weekends at Link Belt and New Britain on the Doylestown line. Both stations were razed within the last five years and replaced with un-needed high level concrete platforms. Those investments did not improve ridership, and now the future existence of these is questioned. Read more
DVRPC has revealed additional details on their controversail public input filtration program in a new article published by the Philadelphia Inquirer. According to DVRPC staffer Candace Snyder, DVRPC and political officials will now appoint hand selected Delaware Valley residents to participate in a new citizens panel that weighs in on transportation spending projects. The new process will allow the Commission to tune out voices they do not wish to hear. Read the Inquirer Article
Upper Moreland Township, SEPTA and DVRPC are continuing to advance plans to construct a new high-level platform train station in Willow Grove, and build a new parking garage. No final design has been chosen yet, or pricetag to the public revealed. Read the Article
A recent news article revealed that Mr. Deon is granting political favors to politicians in Newtown to cash in the Authority's real estate in Newtown, purchased by taxpayers in 1977 for the purpose of providing mass transportation service, to a political candidate to convert the dormant regional rail station into a basketball court.
SEPTA's new scandal now involves SEPTA General Manager Joseph M. Casey and Chief Engineer Jeffrey Knueppel.
In a speech on October 21st, Governor Tom Corbett signaled that he won't be endorsing any new transportation funding that increases taxes or implements tolls, in light of poor economic conditions. In light of continuing reduction in funding, PA-TEC recommends that SEPTA consolidate and eliminate underutilized bus routes wherever possible, and reconstitute bus services to feed more riders onto our regional passenger railroad system.