Jarrett Walker lecture at UPenn

Jarrett Walker, transit industry consultant and author of the Human Transit website, will present “Transit Network Lecture – Abundant Access: Public Transit as an Instrument of Freedom” at the University of Pennsylvania on Monday, December 5th. Participants are required to register in advance.

Mr. Walker’s posts are informative, sometimes counter-intuitive, and certainly make for interesting reading.  Per his website, Mr. Walker is coming to Philadelphia at the invitation of SEPTA.  In addition to the public lecture, he will engage with SEPTA staff through workshop presentations.

For more information and to register, follow this link:

http://septa.ticketleap.com/jarrett-walker-transit-network-design-lecture/

Unused SEPTA TransPass credit available

SEPTA will be offering prorated refunds on the unused value of weekly and monthly TransPasses for the period of the TWU 234 strike. Eligible TransPasses can be exchanged at SEPTA sales offices or retail locations for credit toward future fare purchases.

For more information, see the link below:

How to get a credit for your unused SEPTA pass
(Philly.com)

Tentative Agreement announced

Per several media outlets, a tentative agreement between SEPTA and Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 234 was announced at approximately 4:00 AM this morning. The deal must be approved by the SEPTA Board and TWU 234 membership before final acceptance. Riders should be advised that complete restoration of service will not be instantaneous; the process will be gradual due to several operational issues.

See below for more information:

SEPTA: Deal reached to end strike — (Philly.com)

SEPTA strike underway

As predicted, the SEPTA employees of the City Transit Division (represented by the +5,000 member Transport Workers Union Local 234) initiated a work stoppage at 12:01 A.M. this morning.

All riders should follow the weblinks found in the previous post for alternatives. Riders are advised to allow extra time for commutes, especially involving SEPTA Regional Rail Divison services, which could experience overcrowding similar to the levels associated with the removal of Silverliner V rail vehicles from service during the summer.  Dwell time at stations could increase as larger numbers of passengers attempt to board trains, resulting in delays.  TWU picketing may impact passenger movement as well.

 

‘Route For Change’ Public Workshops coming soon

The next round public workshops to gain input for future Roosevelt Boulevard improvements will be held later this month:

Tuesday, October 25, 6:00 – 8:00PM at The Waterfall Room, 2791 Southampton Road, Philadelphia, PA.

Wednesday, October 26, 6:00 – 8:00PM at The Regal Ballroom, 5411 Oxford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA.

Thursday, October 27, 6:00 – 8:00PM at Little Flower High School, 1000 W. Lycoming Street, Philadelphia, PA.

More information is available at the following links:

http://septa.org/notice/roosevelt-route-for-change.html

http://rooseveltblvd.com/resources/

Public forums to be held for Roosevelt Boulevard project

The City of Philadelphia, in partnership with SEPTA and PennDOT, is conducting public forums for the purpose of soliciting comments regarding potential transportation improvements in the Roosevelt Boulevard corridor.  One possible outcome is the operation of limited stop bus service in the corridor between Frankford Transportation Center and Bucks County destinations.

The forums are scheduled during mid-April at locations in Philadelphia and Bucks County.  Detailed forum schedules and descriptions can be found at the link:
Roosevelt Boulevard “Route For Change” Public Forums

Interested individuals can go to http://www.rooseveltblvd.com/ to sing-up for project notifications and additional information.

SEPTA Annual Service Plan meetings

SEPTA will conduct the Annual Service Plan Open House meetings on Monday, March 28, 2016 at the following times and location:

12:00 Noon to 1:30 PM
and
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

SEPTA Board Room
Mezzanine, 1234 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Follow the link below for information —

Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Service Plan Public Open House Meetings

Volunteers Wanted

If you are a member of the National Railway Historical Society or any of its local chapters, and have time during the middle of the week, the WEDNESDAY REGULARS are looking for you.

if you want to do computerized research about railway history, contact Les Dean at research@nrhs.com.

To access chapter information as well as over 20 railroad publications, call Burt Eisenberg at 267-312-4702.  Call Monday or Tuesday to set up an appointment at the DVARP/NRHS office at 1601 Walnut Street, Suite 1129 in Center City Philadelphia.

Tenetative aggreement reached between SEPTA and TWU 234

Media sources report that contract negotiations between SEPTA and TWU Local 234 have concluded with a tentative agreement reached late in the evening of Friday, October 31st. The pace of progress in the negotiations increased after the intercession of several power brokers occured, including Congressman Bob Brady (D-Philadelphia), who has been involved with past SEPTA-TWU negotiations. A ratification vote by TWU membership is expected to take place during the first full week of November.

As reported, the contract duration is two years, and leaves many of the larger issues (i.e. pension reform) unaddressed. Therefore, Transit Division riders may face the potential of another strike in 2016.