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by JeffK
Sat Sep 14, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: SEPTA Rebuilding for the Future Updates
Replies: 76
Views: 13363

Re: SEPTA Rebuilding for the Future Updates

It's like in NJT land, there are two Middletowns served by the system, the one in NJ on the NJCL as well as the one in NY State served by the Pt. Jervis Line, in which NJT jointly operates the service with Metro North. MNR owns the Middletown Station in NY State, actually located in Walkill. At lea...
by JeffK
Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: WalletHub study: SEPTA ranking versus 100 major systems
Replies: 4
Views: 443

Re: WalletHub study: SEPTA ranking versus 100 major systems

rcthompson04 wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:42 pm
Really comparing transit systems is a joke because none of them are even remotely the same.
Amen. Like comparing apples to potatoes.
by JeffK
Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: SEPTA Rebuilding for the Future Updates
Replies: 76
Views: 13363

Re: SEPTA Rebuilding for the Future Updates

The bad news: it’s no longer called Wawa. It’s now “Middletown.” Oh well. Maybe they were concerned about confusion with the food store chain (even though that's where the company started)? :P But seriously, it would be a great opportunity for co-branding. No need to rename a station (AT&T, wait, N...
by JeffK
Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: WalletHub study: SEPTA ranking versus 100 major systems
Replies: 4
Views: 443

Re: WalletHub study: SEPTA ranking versus 100 major systems

Looking at some of the other cities ranked both high and low, I don’t see it completely in political terms. To me it's more a matter of trying to compare the incomparable - small systems in small cities versus places like NYC, Washington, and Boston - rail-heavy and multimodal operations to bus-only...
by JeffK
Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: WalletHub study: SEPTA ranking versus 100 major systems
Replies: 4
Views: 443

WalletHub study: SEPTA ranking versus 100 major systems

A newly-released study compares 100 transit providers in a hundred large and medium US cities. SEPTA unsurprisingly came in very low for resources (86/100) but (surprisingly) got high marks for accessibility and convenience (9/100), and was almost at the bottom for safety and reliability (97/100). M...
by JeffK
Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: SEPTA NPT card will be "SEPTA Key"?
Replies: 592
Views: 100252

Re: SEPTA NPT card will be "SEPTA Key"?

Well it's more they are trying to force even occasional riders onto the key before having the proper systems in place for them to easily acquire said key... Yeah, I agree they're trying to force people onto the Key but based how the rollout's (not) going, it may never be easy for many irregular use...
by JeffK
Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: SEPTA NPT card will be "SEPTA Key"?
Replies: 592
Views: 100252

Re: SEPTA NPT card will be "SEPTA Key"?

ChesterValley wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:46 am
A new notice:

Effective September 7th, SEPTA will no longer sell Independence passes on board.
Yet another impediment for discretionary or occasional riders, and those at stations without a ticket office.

It's almost as if they want to limit ridership to daily commuters.
by JeffK
Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: SEPTA NPT card will be "SEPTA Key"?
Replies: 592
Views: 100252

Re: SEPTA NPT card will be "SEPTA Key"?

Philly Inquirer attack Key for enabling fare evasion... https://www.inquirer.com/news/septa-key-card-fare-scam-20190903.html Not really sure if this is because of the Key. You could do the same thing with legacy passes. Key makes it harder because you have to wait several minutes before you can tap...
by JeffK
Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: SEPTA NPT card will be "SEPTA Key"?
Replies: 592
Views: 100252

Re: SEPTA NPT card will be "SEPTA Key"?

SEPTA really should consider allowing travel-wallet riders on the rail (when it launches) to just use contactless credit cards instead of a Key—and I mean without a surcharge While e-payments do incur small processing fees (IIRC 2%-3%) for the merchant, letting the card/app issuers handle processin...
by JeffK
Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: SEPTA NPT card will be "SEPTA Key"?
Replies: 592
Views: 100252

Re: SEPTA NPT card will be "SEPTA Key"?

If they allow people to tap with their credit cards or cell phones - as planned - then very few riders would be hit by the surcharge. The last I heard, they dropped the idea of treating other forms of e-payment as equivalent to the Key. I.e. anyone paying via those media will be charged cash-fare p...
by JeffK
Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: Lansdale Founders Day Weekend
Replies: 15
Views: 994

Re: Lansdale Founders Day Weekend

That might depend on what they found during the inspections. They certainly wouldn't want to risk a failure in service on the day. Very true. A couple of years ago I had a chance to talk to both some admin people and maintenance staff at Steamtown. For a number of reasons (safety, lack of readily-a...
by JeffK
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: SEPTA NPT card will be "SEPTA Key"?
Replies: 592
Views: 100252

Re: SEPTA NPT card will be "SEPTA Key"?

It's unsure how many stations will get this treatment as I've only heard of one atm. I'm sure slower stations will still go agentless eventually. Of course if they hold to their plans to limit kiosks to CC and possibly a few other inlying stations, more discretionary / occasional riders will be for...
by JeffK
Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: Subway-Surface tunnel MOW blitz
Replies: 4
Views: 495

Re: Subway-Surface tunnel MOW blitz

Much of the P&W equipment seems to be dedicated. They recently acquired a kind of "Swiss army knife" vehicle that can be configured for just about anything from laying track to snow removal. Another factor is that the P&W's physically isolated, so transferring any of the heavy equipment could be cum...
by JeffK
Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: Subway-Surface tunnel MOW blitz
Replies: 4
Views: 495

Re: Subway-Surface tunnel MOW blitz

ExCon90 wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:57 pm
(And how often do you see a broad-gauge hi-rail?) :P
:-D :-D
I wonder if they're variable gauge. I don't know if they're dedicated for trolley MOW which is all broad-gauge, or if they're used to service other parts of the system as well.
by JeffK
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: SEPTA NPT card will be "SEPTA Key"?
Replies: 592
Views: 100252

Re: SEPTA NPT card will be "SEPTA Key"?

Isn't this because SEPTA operates on a funny notion that it is one integrated system, but it is far from being one integrated system? Key highlights the problems with operating on that mindset when it is not the truth. For various reasons the railroad and transit divisions are under one agency, but...

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