Some great news! DVARP is moving right along with our mass transit funding campaign, and have just about finalized our public service announcements (PSAs) to run on SEPTA’s new Regional Rail cars. The PSA will ask the question “what if there was no money to run this train?”. It will also direct viewers back to this website to find contact info for state (PA, NJ, and DE) lawmakers. Our goal is to get frequent and infrequent SEPTA riders to let their state governors, representatives, senators, and other government officials know how much mass transit means to them.
In the meantime, there’s nothing stopping you from going ahead and contacting your lawmakers today. Check out the contact government leaders link on this website for where to direct your phone calls, letters, and e-mails. Also, don’t just concentrate on those already in elected office. Given that Election Day is just a couple of weeks away, feel free to get in touch with the various state (and even local and federal) campaigns to see how their candidates plan to provide dedicated funding for mass transit.
Look for DVARP on the digital screens of your Silverliner V train starting November 1st. Together, we can push for a dedicated stream of mass transit funding! Together, we can push for improved and expanded mass transit service!
DVARP is excited to announce a new initiative! We are looking for SEPTA and PATCO riders from every line and as many stations as possible to e-mail us 2 or 3 weekly observations about their station or ride. This is a hyperlocal approach that speaks to our mission of improving mass transit service in the Delaware Valley. We’ve partnered with a few Patch outlets (Collingswood, Mt. Airy, and Doylestown) to get the word out about this, and have encountered plenty of interest in those areas so far. Yet, we want to cover the entire Delaware Valley rail system. To this end, if you’re interested in e-mailing us 2 or 3 weekly complaints, commendations, interesting observations, etc about your train ride, shoot me an e-mail at email@example.com. Your observations can be as short as a sentence each or as long as you’d like, can be done in sentences or bullet points, and can be submitted in the body of an e-mail (no need to worry about Microsoft Word, Google Docs, etc).
If this initiative turns out to be successful, we will expand the effort to buses, the Market-Frankford and Broad St. Subway Lines, and trolleys. We will relay concerns and commendations to SEPTA and PATCO.
Once again, if you’re interested in participating or have any questions or comments, shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s work together to improve local rail and transit service!
I hope you’re having a great weekend, and are ready for some serious heat. I still can’t believe it’s going to be close to 90 degrees on Monday. I’m posting to draw your attention to a petition DVARP just created (http://www.change.org/petitions/dvarp-is-trying-to-get-bathrooms-and-trash-cans-on-septa-regional-rail-trains/) to get SEPTA to include restrooms and trash receptacles on their next Regional Rail train order (Silverliner VIs). While rail and transit authorities in Chicago and New Jersey (just to name a couple) offer these amenities, SEPTA does not. DVARP is proud to lead the charge to get SEPTA to eventually include bathrooms and trash cans on its trains. Please sign our petition and spread the word about it. Your bladder and your trash will thank you.
Delaware Valley Association of Rail Passengers
1601 Walnut St., Suite 1129
Philadelphia, PA 19102-2913
phone: 215-RAILWAY (215-724-5929)