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50 years of public transit milestones and memories

In the public transit world, 1964 marked the world’s first high-speed rail network, driverless train and California breaking ground on the BART system. It was an important year for public transportation in Philadelphia, too. On Feb. 18, 1964, the organizational meeting that established what is now the nation's sixth largest transportation agency —SEPTA — was held.

Winter wreaks havoc, leaves transit weary

The winter of 2014 was relentless, with its deep freezes, ice storms, record snowfall, torrential rain and mudslides. The end of the season will be welcomed by transportation organizations across the country, especially in Philadelphia, where SEPTA’s service was impacted by 16 storms and weeks of extremely frigid temperatures.

SEPTA steps up to fight human trafficking

Transit can play a role in helping to stop human trafficking, considering the number of people using it 24 hours a day. SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel was recently joined by representatives from local social service agencies and a former human trafficking victim to discuss signs of the crime, law enforcement efforts and how the public can help.

Keeping the transit jobs pipeline flowing

Jobs in the transportation industry can be highly specialized, requiring employees to have very specific training and numerous certifications. Transit systems can ensure that the workers they are hiring are well-prepared for open positions by partnering with technical schools to collaborate on curriculum and create a pipeline of qualified job candidates.

A true ‘hub of hope’ for those in need

When the frigid weather makes it too hazardous to stay outside, many homeless seek shelter in train stations, bus depots and other public facilities. SEPTA has partnered with an organization that works to end homelessness to create the "Hub of Hope," which offers a variety of services and housing, especially for those experiencing long-term street homelessness.

Maintaining station elevators and escalators is a national effort

For some public transit riders, the first mode of travel they take every day is not a transit authority’s trains or buses, but rather the elevators and escalators to get to a station’s platforms or vehicles. And to keep them moving, elevators and escalators require as much attention as an organization’s fleet.

Transportation funding and service cuts affect more than just riders

Across the country, transit is experiencing record ridership growth. The increase in commuters is not only good for transit organizations’ revenue; proximity to train stations and transportation centers can boost property values for surrounding communities and spur new construction of transit-oriented developments, shopping centers and other businesses. But what happens to communities when the “T” in the TODs is no longer there?

SEPTA offers a different type of school bus

SEPTA transports approximately 58,000 of 134,000 public school students from a variety of grade levels every day, many using more than one mode of transit. The transit system launched its online School Trip Planner to help students who are moving to new institutions as a result of school closures look up their previous schools to find routes that service their new institution.

Transit service planning vital to community, ridership growth

SEPTA’s service planners collaborated with developers of a new retail center to ensure that public transportation was incorporated into the site’s plans. Additionally, the agency’s planners worked with the public to add a bus route that provides safer access to a playground.

From tee to green: SEPTA service an ace for U.S. Open spectators

How does a town handle a daily influx of 25,000 spectators all headed to the USGA’s 2013 U.S. Open? With streets surrounding the venue closed to traffic and no on-site parking, Ardmore, Penn. - a suburb of Philadelphia and home of Merion Golf Club -had a major ally to help move the masses — the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

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Heather Redfern

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President and CEO, Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America)


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