Wednesday, April 24, 2013
SEPTA is reportedly proposing ride limits on monthly and weekly passes when it's new payment system takes effect next year.
SEPTA held a series of public meetings (including one in Norristown last week) to spread the word about its new payment system and new zone maps scheduled to go into effect in July 2014. While many riders have heard of the proposed fare hikes, the new zones and the new "smart card" system, another new change may also be in the works – ride limits on weekly and monthly passes. According to PlanPhilly, SEPTA is also proposing capping weekly TransPasses at 50 rides and monthly passes at 200 rides. The limits would go into effect in July 2014 along with the other proposed changes. A SEPTA official told PlanPhilly the authority hopes the limits will cut down on pass sharing among commuters. "There [are] probably some offices that have an …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
SEPTA personnel will be on hand this afternoon and tonight at the Montgomery County Human Services Center to discuss fare hikes and the new payment system.
SEPTA has planned a series of public hearings in April to educate riders on the upcoming fare hikes and the planned new payment system. Hearings are scheduled to take place today, Tuesday, April 16 at 2 and 6 p.m. at the Montgomery County Human Services Center, 1430 DeKalb Pike in Norristown. Proposed rate hikes are set to go into effect on July 1, and the transit authority's new "smart card" system will likely role out sometime this fall. The smart cards are part of SEPTA's efforts to simplify fares and introduce an "open" payment and collection system under their New Payment Technology (NPT) program. In addition, extra-fare zone charges will be eliminated on dozens of transit routes and there would be some consolidation of Regional Rail …
Friday, February 8, 2013
The GVF has produced this short video about the project to extend the Norristown High Speed Line into King of Prussia and Valley Forge.
Patch has been reporting on the planned extension of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority's (SEPTA) Norristown High Speed Line for some time now. The line currently carries commuters from the 69th Street Station in Upper Darby to the Norristown Transportation Center and SEPTA plans on extending the line into King of Prussia and Valley Forge. Residents were invited to three public meetings in January to view proposed plans for the "KOP Rail Project" and give feedback to SEPTA officials and other partners in the project. One of those partners, the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association, has produced a short video explaining the project. More public meetings are also planned in the coming months. Watch …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Open sessions will be hosted over the next three days to get the public's opinion on extending SEPTA's Norristown High Speed Line to the King of Prussia and Valley Forge areas.
Tuesday, January 29
Have you ever thought it would be easier to get to and from the mall if the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, better known as SEPTA, would just operate a rail line in the area? To find out if that is the case, SEPTA has scheduled three public meetings to discuss a proposed addition to its current system. A new rail line propsed by the transportation authority would allow for a one-seat, one-train ride to take passengers on the Norristown High Speed Line to new stops in the King of Prussia (KOP) and Valley Forge areas. Meetings to garner public opinion are scheduled for the following dates: Each meeting will consist of three scheduled time slots, including: The events are planning to conclude by 8 p.m. Those interested …
Monday, December 17, 2012
SEPTA says lack of state funding to fix the Bridgeport Viaduct will make it unsafe once warmer weather hits.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, SEPTA is planning to close the Bridgeport Viaduct this summer for safety reasons, citing lack of state funding to make the necessary repairs. SEPTA says the closing may even be permanent. The viaduct – the bridge that carries the Norristown High Speed Line over the Schuylkill River to and from the Norristown Transportation Center – is over 100 years old and according Jeff Knueppel, SEPTA's chief engineer, warmer temperatures will likely cause the tracks to expand and pull free of the steel spikes that hold the aging wooden ties in place. Recent repairs will keep the bridge operational until then, but speeds have been reduced to 15 to 20 m.p.h. going over the viaduct. When the bridge is closed for the…
Monday, August 13, 2012
The commission expects that $41.6 billion being available over the next 12 years for improvements to roads, bridges, transit systems, airports and railroads.
Monday, August 13, 2012
According to a release issued by the State Transportation Commission, the commission recently approved an update to Pennsylvania's 12-Year Transportation Program, which anticipates $41.6 billion being available over the next 12 years for improvements to roads, bridges, transit systems, airports and railroads. "PennDOT is working very hard to make the most of every available dollar," said PennDOT Secretary and Commission Chairman Barry J. Schoch. "This plan, which was developed in partnership with all regions of Pennsylvania, focuses on preserving our current infrastructure while living with the reality of flat or reduced federal and state revenues." The newly adopted 12-Year Program, which takes effect Oct. 1, anticipates the following …
Monday, July 30, 2012
SEPTA will extend bus Route 90 from Norristown directly to the Einstein Medical Center Montgomery starting Sept. 4.
According to the Philadelphia Business Journal, SEPTA will be adding bus service to get riders to the new Einstein Medical Center Montgomery opening on Germantown Pike in East Norriton in September. Starting Sept. 4, the Route 90 bus will leave the Norristown Transportation Center, travel up Markley Street and Swede Road, turn left at Germantown Pike and make several stops in front of the hospital and the adjacent medical offices. Timetables aren't ready yet, but buses are expected to leave the NTC for Einstein on an hourly basis. "This helps to ensure access to health care and employment for our patients, employees and their families," Bill Ryan, Einstein's director of government relations, said in a release. "Einstein is grateful to the …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
New routes and timetables for some bus routes in Norristown and a new schedule for the Norristown High Speed Line.
Some suburban SEPTA bus routes and the Norristown High Speed Line, as well as trolley lines, city bus lines and the Market-Frankford Line and Broad Street Lines will have new routes and timetables starting Sunday, Feb. 19. For Norristown residents, the most relevent schedule changes are to the Norristown high Speed Line and the 93 and 97 bus routes. You can download the updated scehdules in our PDF section. The changes are part of SEPTA's Sustainablility Campaign to streamline resource use. From here on out, SEPTA will only be reprinting the timetables for those routes with map, routing or service updates, according to the its website. Want to go completely paperless? All SEPTA timetables are available on their website or you can use SEPTA…
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Looking to be more environmentally conscious in the new year? Here are a some simple steps you can take.
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Thursday, December 29, 2011
As we head into 2012, folks are resolving to lose those few extra pounds, save more money, or spend a few more hours with families and friends, but for those of you with the environment on your mind there are also some resolutions you can make to make your life a little greener. Anyone can make a commitment to reducing their environmental impact. "The global community, and particularly people living in industrialized societies, have put unsustainable demands on our planet's limited resources," said Robert Engelman, President of the Worldwatch Institute, a global environmental research organization based on Washington, D.C., in a recent press release. "If we expect to be able to feed, shelter and provide even basic living conditions to our …
Friday, May 27, 2011
There are no fare increases or service reductions planned.
On Thursday, May 26, the SEPTA Board approved operating and capital budgets for the 2012 fiscal year, which begins July 1. The operating budget does not increase fares and maintains current service levels. According to a release issued by SEPTA, the budgets reflect its ongoing commitment to control costs and increase efficiencies while improving customer service and modernizing its aging infrastructure. The $1.22 billion operating budget represents an increase of about 3.5 percent over the 2011 fiscal year despite significant increases in areas such as health care, prescriptions and claims. For the second straight year, SEPTA expects to defer dozens of improvement projects that it sees as vital to the short- and long-term health of the …