OCTA CEO: New paratransit center aids customers, improves efficiency

March 30, 2012
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.

Bus Roadeos: More than just fun and games

March 23, 2012
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.
January 18, 2012

Making mass transit accessible to the masses

When the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority opens its Accessible Travel Center in February, it will mark more than the unveiling of another facility — the authority will celebrate helping people with disabilities experience the freedom of traveling on public transportation independently.
December 28, 2011

OCTA CEO: Looking ahead to the New Year

The agency is gearing up for a busy year, pushing to deliver projects, create and sustain jobs and advocate for legislation that will provide sustainable transportation funding.
December 14, 2011

Make the season for giving last all year long

During the holiday season, many companies participate in activities to give back to those in need. At Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, community involvement is part of the culture.
December 7, 2011

The Politics of Transit

Once again voters across America have expressed their support for public transit. This past November, approximately 80% of the transit initiatives on ballots across the country passed. The results were impressive by any measure, spread among large urban areas like Cincinnati and Seattle as well as smaller communities like Durham, N.C. and Vancouver, Wash. And, what is most impressive is this happened during what everyone agrees is still one of the most economically-challenging and uncertain time
December 1, 2011

Miracle on 34th Street

If you ever had the opportunity to be in Manhattan and attempt to navigate across 34th Street, especially during this time of year, you know it would take a miracle to accomplish in a reasonable amount of time. Normally, it is a very congested area, but during this time of year, it becomes a parking lot.

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