Courting the next generation of transit riders

June 13, 2012
What had been a rite of passage for young people — getting a driver’s license — isn’t as high a priority as it once was. Some members of “Generation Y” moving to Philadelphia from the suburbs for school and work may have never taken public transportation. This spring, SEPTA began courting this next generation of riders.

OCTA CEO: Is your agency ready for the ‘big one’?

June 1, 2012
This month OCTA joined public agencies across California in the Golden Guardian exercise — an annual emergency training event that helps prepare cities, hospitals, first responders, schools, transportation agencies and others to respond in crisis situations. In the last year, OCTA has placed an increased focus on emergency preparedness and training.
May 15, 2012

Lights! Camera! Transit!

Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars aren’t the leading women and men you might think. These “celebrities” are larger than life, yet don’t demand top billing — they’re the transit systems that often play key roles in blockbuster films and TV hits.
April 27, 2012

OCTA CEO: Congress, stop kicking transportation bill down the road

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve an extension of highway and transit funding at existing levels through September 30. This is the 10th extension of the six-year transportation bill. We need a long-term bill.
April 18, 2012

Take me out to the ballgame on transit

While public transit is becoming the way to get to a game because many new ballparks are being constructed in crowded city neighborhoods with little parking, taking a bus or “catching the sub” has been the most convenient and cost-effective method of traveling to a game in Philadelphia for decades.
March 30, 2012

OCTA CEO: New paratransit center aids customers, improves efficiency

In our ongoing effort to improve our paratransit service and provide it in the most cost-effective way possible, OCTA recently completed a state-of-the art indoor center to qualify disabled individuals for the service, called ACCESS, which provides one million rides annually.
March 23, 2012

Bus Roadeos: More than just fun and games

One of the highlights of the year for SEPTA bus operators and mechanics is the agency’s annual Bus Roadeo, where employees showcase their driving, safety and maintenance skills in front of family, friends and colleagues in a festive atmosphere. But the Roadeo offers more than just bragging rights and accolades for participants.
February 29, 2012

OCTA CEO: Planes, trains and automobiles – but what about bikes?

We are preparing to implement a bike-sharing program, providing the public with the benefits commuting by bike can offer, and ultimately, taking cars off the road, easing traffic and improving the environment. The initial program is envisioned to be comprised of 15 stations and 150 bicycles with annual, monthly, weekly and daily subscriptions available.
February 15, 2012

A toast to finding love on transit

The SEPTA Love Stories contest draws entries that run the gamut from falling for the operator who drives the bus every day to reuniting with an old flame. However couples found love, their tales give hope to single passengers that love can happen when and where it is least expected.
February 1, 2012

OCTA CEO: Maintaining customer service as paratransit grows

A decade ago, OCTA’s paratransit ACCESS Service was growing at a rate twice that of the fixed-route service. Managing that increased demand and the spiraling cost of added usage has been a necessity to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of our entire transit system. However, managing that growth did not come at a cost to customer satisfaction.

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