This is all a bunch of Hooey and noisemaking - an excuse for SEPTA to have their dirty hands out, yet again to the feds for money, and never be accountable for those dollars, as per typical.
27 Trillion in Debt, we can't afford to be kicking in dollars for any transit agency. Transit is a local matter and SEPTA ; suprise suprise, wants a check from the gvmt with no transparency attached for those (our) hard earned dollars.
It's always the same story. Undoubtedly the tax-and-spend, libtards at SEPTA HQ blame the big bad conservatives for their predicament. We must stop this insanity and should have done so years ago. SEPTA cries wolf each and every time they don't get to snatch your wallet and escape scott free as they are so used to doing - business as usual, all the while using that wallet to make crappy decisions we disapprove of, such as buying railcars from the Communist Chinese, failing to have a plan in place to re-activate the 23 & 56 and Delaware Ave Line, and extend the R5 to Harrisburg and Quakertown. SEPTA is run by clowns, and not the good kind.
If SEPTA wants more dollars, show your work. Make a transparent case before Harrisburg and be open about doing so. SEPTA is a state agency. Thus, there should be no federal pot, or, a small one at that. Primary dollars should be from sources within PA, as SEPTA is a PA Agency.
SEPTA plays these same old games and makes threats if they don't get what they want. Fine. Go ahead. It's worth some temporary cuts to reform this disgusting and out of control menace at 1234 Market. I'd like to see some firings and heads roll in Management. Kick out all the "Activists". SEPTA, a public service we pay for is no place for activism of any sort.
Let's start with Pat Deon who wants the gig just for himself. Replace him with a sensible person such as Tom Knox or Beth Grossman.