The Inquirer is reporting that SEPTA has earned the distinction of being named the best large transit system in North America by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
According to APTA president Michael Melaniphy, our public transportation system’s consolidated control center, eco-friendly construction, hybrid bus fleet and financial management make it a model for the industry.
The news from APTA came as SEPTA marked the end of a fiscal-year that saw the highest rates of ridership since 1989 (339.3 million passengers).
Hold your head high as you subway, bus or train it home for the weekend. And remember to thank your driver.
The Masses are Embracing Mass Transit
12 March 2012 11:01 AM | No Comments
The American Public Transportation Association reports that Americans took 10.4 billion rides on public transportation in 2011. That’s a billion—with a b—more rides than in 2010. The findings include rides on subways, commuter trains, light-rail systems and buses. The increase shows not only that people...Read More
Get in the Hunt with SEPTA
30 September 2011 11:04 AM | No Comments
If you’re looking for something fun and free to do tomorrow that truly connects you to the city, check out the Super SEPTA Scavenger Hunt. The SEPTA Citizen Advisory Committee cordially invites you to explore the city and collect clues while onboard public transportation. Teams...Read More
Fuel Standard Speculation
29 June 2011 10:20 PM | No Comments
The Obama administration would like cars and passenger trucks to average 56.2 miles per gallon by the year 2025. This standard is on the high end of what the Transportation Department and the EPA have previously stated that they would consider (between 47 and 62...Read More
Pedi-cabs Return to Philly Streets
13 May 2011 9:40 AM | No Comments
If you’re having trouble flagging down a taxi and haven’t yet mastered the fine art of maneuvering the SEPTA bus lines, you’ll be pleased to know that another option for getting around town this summer is returning. That’s right, the pedi-cabs are back! Pedi-cabs (or...Read More
See Purple, See Philly
29 April 2011 3:43 PM | No Comments
The purple PHLASH trolleys return to the streets of Philadelphia on Sunday marking—at least for some—the official start of our spring and summer season. The PHLASH has been cruising Philadelphia city streets for over a decade offering convenient and cheap rides to visitors and transportation...Read More
All Aboard High-Speed Rails
09 February 2011 9:24 AM | No Comments
President Obama has announced a six-year, $53 billion plan for high-speed rail infrastructure. On Monday, he will ask Congress to approve an initial $8 million that will go toward developing and improving high-speed trains and connecting rails. (The rest of the funding will likely be...Read More
03 February 2011 8:46 AM | 1 Comment
Because we’ve noticed residents’ increasingly bitter attitude toward SEPTA because of the persistent snow-related detours and cancellations, we’d like to share some positive news. SEPTA have announced a comprehensive strategy to become a sustainable organization. The plan, called SEP-TAINABLE: The Route to Regional Sustainability, sets...Read More
Philly Making Big Time Green News
07 October 2010 9:50 AM | No Comments
Philadelphia is in the news this morning not just because of a certain baseball coup, but for our public transportation systems plan to go green. A few weeks ago, we told you how SEPTA planned to recycle kinetic energy to create a hybrid subway system. ...Read More
SEPTA is Going Green
13 September 2010 9:14 AM | 1 Comment
Using a $900,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority, SEPTA has announced that it will make the Philadelphia subway system hybrid. The project, designed by Viridity Energy, Inc. of Conshohocken, will use kinetic energy from braking trains to generate electricity (much the same way as...Read More
18 June 2010 11:55 AM | No Comments
If you live in an urban environment, consider walking to your destination. Walking is not only good for the planet, but good for your overall fitness. If weather (or footwear) doesn’t permit a walk, opt for public transportation. Most public transportation systems offer day and...Read More