Darn! I missed National Train Day on May 10th. But in reality I have a lot of train days. That’s because I’ve been using Amtrak frequently over the past few months. And I’m not alone: Amtrak reportedly carries 31.5 million passengers a year and if trends continue, by 2040 ridership could reach 43.5 million. And I’m pretty sure all of those passengers were on the 6:25 Northeast Regional with me last night coming home from New York.
Were you on that train? Well, you snore. And also, please, out of respect for me and all the other 31.5 million fellow passengers, I hope you follow these 10 rules of etiquette. Read more »
In the long, hard slog to secure stable funding for transportation statewide, SEPTA stressed that without it, its system would die a slow, painful death.
So, having now been through that near-death experience, SEPTA’s five-year capital budget proposal wisely avoids talk of new routes or extensions, save for one that was already in the pipeline when the funding crisis hit. Instead, at public open houses Feb. 26, SEPTA presented a five-year capital program that addresses each of the items that would have caused that slow death.
I recently met someone who lives in Center City and is debating whether or not she should buy a car. Are you kidding me? Driving in Philadelphia is one of the worst ideas ever. Here, the ten reasons why driving in Philadelphia is a really, really positively and utterly stupid idea.
Officials in Bucks and Montgomery counties gathered at the Sellersville fire department yesterday to draw attention to the dereliction of its bridges and urge legislators to pass a long delayed transportation package. Read more »
Yesterday’s announcement that Gov. Corbett would release $45 million in education spending was met with both relief and confusion. Since disclosing the money’s existence in spring—the $45 million came from the forgiveness of a loan by the federal government—Corbett has leveraged it as one of his main bargaining chips, promising its return to the city only when his notoriously vague demands for ”academic reforms” had been met. Immediately after Superintendent William Hite issued a directive yesterday that principals do not have to use seniority as the sole determining factor in making hiring decisions, Corbett announced that his office would make the money available.
“Significant progress has been made that allows me to confer with my secretary, and we have decided to release the $45 million,” he told a press conference yesterday.
Philly friend Miss Richfield 1981 explains why not all travel sites are created equal in a new ad touting “Q and Gay” from Orbitzjust in time for summer vacation season. She tells us that the site’s been an LGBT ally for more than a decade – and it’s the only online agency with a perfect Corporate Equality Index score from the Human Rights Campaign.
SEPTA General Manager Joseph Casey has said that the stickers would be phased out when the new fare card system went into place, but according to a letter he sent to Max Ray this week, SEPTA will eliminate the gender IDs sooner after almost three years of protesting them on the grounds that they discriminate against transgender people throughout the region.
“We are so thrilled to have won this historic victory for transgender and gender non-conforming SEPTA riders,” Max Ray, a founding member of RAGE, tells us exclusively. Ray has been keeping us updated about this campaign for the past year. “We won this victory by bringing together riders of all genders to take action demanding SEPTA and City Council recognize our right to safe and accessible public transit,” he says. “We are pleased SEPTA followed the lead of the trans community, their riders, their own advisory boards and City Council in recognizing the need to remove the stickers.”