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.

 

Potential SEPTA Transit Division Strike

November 1st marks the expiration date of the contract between SEPTA and unionized employees of the City Transit Divison. These employees are represented by Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 234.  Negotiations are occurring, but no agreement has been reached.  Union officials have indicated that a strike would occur without a tentative agreement prior to the contract expiration.  The atmosphere surrounding labor negotiations can be extremely fluid, however, and circumstances can change with limited advance notice.

This Link — 2016 Service Interruption Information — details current SEPTA plans in the event of a strike. As the situation develops, the information on the SEPTA website may be updated. Riders are advised to remain aware of changing conditions that may occur without notice. The Suburban Transit and Regional Rail divisions will continue to operate, but may be impacted by extra passengers and TWU activities.

Non-SEPTA operators (PATCO, NJ Transit, etc.) should not be impacted.

This PlanPhilly article — SEPTA publishes Service Interruption Guide to ready transit riders for looming strike — contains additional information.

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

Philadelphia Transit rated 9th

Smart Asset, a financial service company, has created a report entitled “The Best Cities for Public Transportation” .  The report ranks the top ten U.S. cities in by evaluating the attractiveness of the public transportation system.  Philadelphia was listed at #9, behind Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, New York, Seattle, Pittsburgh, and Jersey City.  Oakland, CA finalized the list at #10.