May. 19, 2017
Controlling SEPTA’s crowded commute
It can be a cost-efficient means of everyday transportation if you buy a weekly or monthly trailpass, but this railroad has a reputation for being late. It also has a reputation for overcrowding during rush hour while being late ,which makes sense since the train is spending extra time at stations waiting for passengers to exit and board the train.
Apr. 14, 2017
SEPTA proposes fare increases for 2018 FY
On March 17, SEPTA officials released a series of proposed fare increases which, if implemented, would go into effect on July 1, 2017, for the 2018 fiscal year.
Oct. 17, 2016
SEPTA workers vote to strike if new contract isn’t reached by month’s end
The union representing SEPTA workers voted overwhelmingly Oct. 16 to strike if a new contract is not reached by Oct. 31 — the date on which the current contract is set to expire.
Aug. 5, 2016
A train ride to utter disappointment
Every story starts with a journey of some sort. Whether it be mental or physical, there is some development, some movement, that forces one to change either their position or their mindset.
Jul. 8, 2016
SEPTA removes 120 Silverliner V rail cars
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) announced July 3 that roughly one-third of its regional rail line fleet would be out of service for the immediate future. The decision to temporarily take all 120 of its Silverliner V rail cars off the tracks comes after the discovery of a structural defect with the equalizer bars specific to the Silverliner V model. The cars’ removal prompted a modified Regional Rail schedule, which was initiated July 5.
Feb. 25, 2016
Drexel professor evaluates SEPTA body camera project
SEPTA announced Jan. 8 that it will begin equipping all of its officers with body-worn cameras, becoming the first transit police system in the United States to do so. This initiative was developed and implemented with the intention of both improving interactions between SEPTA officers and citizens as well as aiming to catch crimes on film. Jordan Hyatt, an assistant professor of Drexel’s Department of Criminology and Justice Studies, was brought in as an independent consultant to evaluate the new camera policy’s effectiveness.
Aug. 20, 2015
Drexel alters university schedule for Pope’s visit
Accounting for the estimated 1.5 to 2 million visitors that Pope Francis’ visit is estimated to bring to Philadelphia, Drexel University announced that a modified schedule will be in place from Sept. 24 to 28.
Apr. 16, 2015
Spring brings new SEPTA renovations
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority plans to begin rolling out an entirely updated payment system within the next few months. The overhaul includes new turnstiles, fare kiosks, accessible gates, card validators and new SEPTA Key fare cards. The SEPTA Key will be a reusable contactless chip card that can be used to swipe into any form of public transportation. The cards will be reloadable online or at one of the fare kiosks. Most of the changes to SEPTA will likely begin in early December 2015, while changes to Regional Rail and Customized Community Transportation Connect Paratransit will begin in 2016.
Nov. 21, 2014
Philly Mag hosts ThinkFest 2014
Although M. Night Shyamalan was billed as the event’s headliner, Drexel President John A. Fry’s Nov. 14 speech at Philadelphia Magazine’s third annual ThinkFest was the more immediate one, framing a future for West Philadelphia supported by the tenets of innovation, expansion and collaboration.
Nov. 30, 2012
SEPTA stands out
“The best of the best in North America.” Those are the words that President and CEO Michael Melaniphy of the American Public Transportation Association used while presenting SEPTA the 2012 Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award.