Posts Tagged ‘Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’

SEPTA Station To be Named for Store Chain

July 29, 2022

Philadelphia-based Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority is naming a new rail station and rail line after convenience store chain Wawa.

The Media/Elwyn Regional Rail Line will now be called the Media/Wawa Line to reflect the new terminus at 1490 W. Baltimore Pike in Wawa, Pennsylvania.

The convenience store chain is based in Wawa and has stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, and Washington, D.C.

In a news release, SEPTA said it has been working since 2018 to restore more than 3.5 miles of Regional Rail service west of Elwyn to the new Wawa Station. SEPTA trains last served the area in 1986.

The extension is the SEPTA’s first since the Airport Line began operating in 1985.

The Wawa Station will be fully ADA accessible with a pedestrian underpass and restroom facilities. It will feature a 600-space parking deck. It will connect with SEPTA Bus Routes 111 and 114.

The partnership with Wawa is SEPTA’s fifth major naming rights agreement since 2010.

SEPTA Seeking Comment on Trolley Project

July 16, 2022

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority is seeking comment from trolley riders on how new and updated stations, cars and stops will look and operate in the future.

The Philadelphia-based public transit agency is conducting the survey through July 24.

The agency also has conducted “pop-up” events at major trolley stations to seek public opinion.

SEPTA’s trolley fleet dates to the 1980s and will be replaced by new vehicles that it said  will be fully accessible to people with disabilities and have higher capacity to move more passengers.

The new cars will have low floors and ramps; wider pathways; audio and visual messaging systems to communicate upcoming stops and service changes; and designated open space for people with wheelchairs, walkers and strollers.

Likewise, SEPTA is building on-street stations to serve the new trolleys and rebuilding underground stations to be fully accessible.

The trolley modernization program will extend some trolley lines to key locations to make connections to other SEPTA services easier.

SEPTA Expanding Use of Key Passes

July 14, 2022

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority is expanding use of its SEPTA Key Advantage.

The Philadelphia-based public transit agency said it is inviting more organizations to participate in the pass program.

Participating institutions can acquire SEPTA Key cards directly from the Authority and distribute them to employees.

The program began on May 1 with Drexel University, Penn Medicine and Wawa stores in Philadelphia participating.

SEPTA said more than 7,000 are using the passes and it has helped boost ridership by 18 percent among workers of those institutions.

SEPTA Budget Tops $1B Mark

July 1, 2022

The governing board of Philadelphia-based Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has approved an operating and capital budget that is the largest in the agency’s history.

In a news release, SEPTA said it was the first time the agency’s budget has exceeded the billion-dollar mark.

Among the $1.16 billion in capital projects to be funded are King of Prussia Rail, trolley modernization and rail-fleet replacements under state of good repair initiatives. The Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines will be fully accessible for disabled people by 2034.

The agency said the $1.61 billion operating budget contains no fare increases and features fare-related efforts aimed at increasing ridership that faltered during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Those efforts include the new $10 Neighborhood FleX DayPass, which is intended for short-distance riders on regional rail systems. The pass program will begin in the fall and can be used for up to 10 rides on subways, trolleys, Zone 2 Regional Rail trains and buses.

The budget also includes the expansion of the SEPTA Key Advantage, a new institutional pass program for universities, hospitals and local businesses.

SEPTA will retain such pandemic-era benefits as one free-transfer per trip on all transit modes and free rides for young children. Select fares will be reduced starting July 1.

Transit Agencies Receive TOD Grants

June 8, 2022

Two Ohio public transit agencies are being awarded grants through a Federal Transit Administration program for new services or to restore services suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agency said it is awarding $25 million in grants made available by the American Rescue Plan Act.

In Ohio, the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority will receive $210,000 to study and develop an operations plan for new service with bus stop planning, coordination of core service in corridors to facilitate safer transfers between routes.

The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (GoMetro) will receive $780,100 to plan for and develop new Bus Rapid Transit corridors, which will improve service and reliability, in particular for low-income riders and those living in disadvantaged communities.

Three Pennsylvania public transit agencies also will receive funding.

The Port Authority of Allegheny County will receive $780,100 to perform a bus network study which will evaluate the existing network to determine how to most effectively restore service for low-income and other disadvantaged populations as well as account for new trends in mobility following COVID-19.

The Centre Area Transportation Authority based in State College will receive $205,000 to conduct a study on current operations of existing services and make recommended changes that will increase ridership and overall transit experience for its riders.

The study is intended to determine how CATA can fully integrate its transportation services in order to provide enhanced mobility to seniors, low-income, and working families through efficiencies and enhanced routing.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), in conjunction with the City of Philadelphia, will receive $500,000 to identify, study, and develop transportation improvements for the North Philadelphia West neighborhood between 18th and 33rd Street, and Lehigh and Girard Avenue, an area of roughly two square miles. This area is served by nine bus routes, with service concentrated on seven primary transit corridors.

In Louisville, Kentucky, the Transit Authority of River City will receive $780,100 to conduct a system wide analysis of its post-pandemic transit needs and to identify how resources can be better allocated to serve its riders, especially low income and disadvantaged communities. In Flint, Michigan, the Mass Transportation Authority will receive $260,000 to conduct a route planning restoration study of its 14 fixed, primary routes with the goal of increasing ridership, improving service delivery, and better understanding the changing needs in the post COVID-19 community.

SEPTA Outlines Options for Regional Rail

May 26, 2022

The Philadelphia-based Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has released three options for improving its regional rail network.

In a news release, SEPTA said the options are part of its strategic plan to envision regional rail as part of a lifestyle network of frequent, all-day and all-week services that connects people to a range of destinations across the region.

The options were developed after surveying current, past and potential riders as well as operators, staff and other stakeholders.

The options include focusing on consistent service throughout the network, providing service every 30 minutes; focusing on more frequent service (every 15 minutes) in some areas of the system where demand supports it; focusing on faster and integrated service across agencies, providing express services across the system all day.

The next step in the project is to gather public views on the three options this summer and fall.

Those views will be used to create a vision for the future of the regional rail system and develop a plan to implement short-, medium- and long-term solutions, SEPTA said.

Before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, SEPTA regional rail handled 132,000 riders daily. SEPTA officials said their research found that even before the pandemic began many would-be riders chose to use other SEPTA services for a variety of reasons, including high fares for commuter trains, infrequent service and lack of accessibility.

SEPTA Seeks Upgrade of Regional Rail Network

May 20, 2022

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has begun the second phase of a project to improve its regional rail services with the goal of making them more useful.

In a news release, SPETA said it is working toward three goals, including providing consistent service every 30 minutes throughout the network; offering more frequent service (every 15 minutes) in some areas with higher demand; and offering faster and integrated services across all agencies, providing express services all day.

As part of the project SEPTA is offering a virtual questionnaire that asks riders about their travel habits and suggests a scenario based on that information.

The information gathered will be used to implement plans later this year.

The project is part of the SEPTA Forward initiative that seeks to transform the agency’s transit services into a “lifestyle transit network” that would provide all-day, all-week frequent service to riders, officials said.

SEPTA Takes Step to Buy New Trolley Cars

May 16, 2022

Philadelphia’s trolley cars are being set to be replaced.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority last week issued a request for proposals to replace the trolley fleet.

The RFP is a step toward acquiring new cars and a major step of the agency’s trolley modernization plan, SEPTA said in news release.

One goal of the program is make the trolleys more accessible with higher capacity, wider pathways, improved messaging systems and open space for those with wheelchairs and strollers.

Most existing trolleys were constructed in the 1980s.

The project also will seek to build new on-street stations and rebuild underground stations to make them more accessible.

SEPTA has eight trolley routes operating over 68 miles of track to connect Philadelphia and Delaware County with the region’s two largest employment and health care centers.

SEPTA Seeks Proposals for Rail Line Design

May 13, 2022

Philadelphia-based Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has issued a request for proposals for the final design phase of its King of Prussia rail project.

SEPTA has budgeted $390 million for the project in its proposed fiscal year 2023 capital budget and 12-year program. The agency’s governing board will vote on the budget proposal in June.

The agency said that the design work is part of requirements that must be met to seek federal funding.

The project would extend the Norristown high-speed rail line four miles into King of Prussia.

In a news release SEPTA said the extension once completed will connect Center City Philadelphia, University City and King of Prussia, the three largest employment hubs in the region.

SEPTA Proposes $1B Capital Budget

April 26, 2022

Philadelphia-based Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has proposed a capital budget for fiscal year 2023 that will be the first to top the $1 billion level.

The agency’s governing board will consider the $1.162 capital budget during its June meeting.

Staff also recommended a $11.4 billion 12-year capital spending plan. If approved the FY2023 budget would become effective on July 1.

In a news release, SEPTA said the “core of this budget” is funding coming from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

The budget also includes newly bondable state funding and federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement funds.

Among the highlights of the proposed capital spending are $18.49 million for SEPTA’s bridge program; $104.89 million for communications, signal systems and technology improvements; $54 million for the infrastructure safety renewal program; and $33.79 million for maintenance/transportation shops and offices.

Other capital funding would include $143.99 million for “projects of significance,” including Bus Revolution ($13.26 million), King of Prussia Rail ($40.04 million; to extend the existing Norristown High Speed Line four miles into King of Prussia), Rail Vehicle Procurement ($5.77 million; Market Frankford Line and Regional Rail), and Trolley Modernization ($84.92 million).

SEPTA would allocate $31.58 million for safety and security improvements; $12.71 million for service restoration and enhancements; $88.69 million for stations, loops and parking improvements; $25.07 for substations and power improvements; $7.92 for track and right-of-way improvements; $273.11 for vehicle acquisitions and overhauls; and financial obligations of $56.79 million in capital leases and $305.48 million in debt service.