Thursday, September 16, 2004

SEPTA's Holding Us Hostage! 

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is attempting to strong-arm the state for funding, & they're using Philadelphia's commuters as leverage. SEPTA's new proposal for 2005 includes:

- 20% cuts in service across the region
- a citywide rate hike, bringing the fare of a single ride to $2.50 (!)
- suspending ALL services on the weekends. That includes the subway, the El, buses & trolleys.

This is an outrageous insult to the people of Philadelphia. This impacts working families who can only shop on the weekends, and the working poor who don't necessarily have M-F 9 to 5 employment.

Public hearings on the proposal are scheduled in Center City on October 19. They'll take place at 11am & 5pm. You can let Septa know what you think of the proposal at the Loews Hotel (12th & Market) in the Regency Ballroom. If you'd like to comment before the 19th...

Persons wishing to file written comments may forward them to the Secretary of the Board, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, 1234 Market St., 10th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Comments can also be sent via e-mail to hearing.comments@septa.org

For the entire proposal, see SEPTA's site.

- Frank Sherlock

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