Originally Posted by Nexis4Jersey
And once again SEPTA is run by idiots , most of their network will not allow Bi-level coaches...they were also offered 30 NJT Locomotives and cars and SEPTA turned down repeatedly...all they needed to do was refurbish the cars and repaint the locomotives....now there headed for the scrap yard because no one else wants them. Why aren't all the stations being high level platformed?
SEPTA may have turned down NJT because they had no funding to spare. A look at the SEPTA capital budget document shows that SEPTA has been underfunded for capital projects for many years. The additional state funding will go a long way to improving the SEPTA system, but at $600 million for capital, SEPTA will still be receiving less than its contemporaries in the Northeast: WMATA, NJT, MBTA. The proposed FY2015 budget for WMATA calls for $1.137 billion for the Capital Improvement Program (up from $611 million in FY2011 when they started the rampup).
Why don't all the regional rail stations have high level platforms? Money. SEPTA might get there in a couple of decades. In the meantime, SEPTA hasa huge backlog of critical repairs and replacement projects to work on.