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Old Posted Apr 9, 2015, 6:06 PM
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I'm all for a combined map like that above even though it does create the false impression of an integrated user-friendly European-style transit network.

The solution to the confusion that might create is simply to put a prominent disclaimer on the map stating something along the lines of "WARNING - no attempt has been made to coordinate transfers between rapid transit, regional rail, and non-SEPTA transit agency operations. Transfers at such points may involve lengthy wait times, and will require purchase of new fares . . . But someday we'll get our act together".

But a consolidated map along the lines above is partly informational, partly aspirational. It serves as a constant reminder of what should be given the great infrastructure and potential for useful transfer points that we have but can't take advantage of given budget, labor work rule, and administrative - but not physical - constraints

Regarding the MFL A and B lines, am I the only person who feels that they are a really silly and unnecessary complication? I could see the need for them if MFL was longer or had splits, but it's such a short, simple line why bother? I feel like it's a legacy from when planners had bigger ideas for the system, but now it's kind of meaningless.
Eh, Paris, a notable European city, has a map that combined rapid transit and regional rail: http://www.ratp.fr/informer/pdf/orienter/f_plan.php

The RER (regional rail) is mapped right along with rapid transit/subway lines (the numbered lines) and trams ("(T)" lines). I think the fare is better coordinated, but that'll be true of SEPTA once Key is out, leaving only PATCO/NJ Transit to be awkward outsider. And I don't think that's enough to say this map is useless.
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Old Posted Apr 10, 2015, 3:03 AM
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SEPTA's regional rail is the only US commuter rail that realistically can become an RER-type network. Also SEPTA does extremely well with less funding compared to MTA, CTA, and others. Imagine if SEPTA was properly funded Philly can easily have the #1 public transportation system in the country.
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^Actually a report has shown that the CTA has the most cost-effective system compared to any other major transit system in the US (with Philly not being too far behind of course).

That being said of course, all transit systems in the US are extremely underfunded compared to other international cities. It's especially not helping how the US is doing a poor job at maintaining other crumbling infrastructures (roads, bridges, tunnels, towers, etc.) and the idiots at congress don't have a concrete plan. This means that transit agencies have to also compete with other infrastructure projects for a limited pool of money that's not growing fast enough. I'm genuinely concerned about what the state of our transit systems in cities will look like a decade or two from now. SEPTA has previously threatened shutting down several of their lines if they didn't receive proper funding. Who's to say other agencies won't do something similar?

P.S. Why is it that it's extremely pricey to build subway and el lines nowadays? Yes I do realize that part of it is that we are paying workers a fair wage now, land prices have gone up, and the obvious factor of inflation. However, I'm not convinced that these together are the main reasons. Is it ROW? Environment studies? NIMBY protests? I would like it if someone could give a comprehensive reason behind this.
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P.S. Why is it that it's extremely pricey to build subway and el lines nowadays? Yes I do realize that part of it is that we are paying workers a fair wage now, land prices have gone up, and the obvious factor of inflation. However, I'm not convinced that these together are the main reasons. Is it ROW? Environment studies? NIMBY protests? I would like it if someone could give a comprehensive reason behind this.
The prices for building and operating transit systems have gone up in direct proportion to the amount of cash the Feds, States, and Local agencies are willing to pay.

Because there is revenue sharing for many of these projects, with a 50% Federal share, the budget gets broken just every time because of the windfall from above. The only transit projects coming in on time, on budget, and with limited purposes are those projects not getting any Federal funds. Here's a few examples, SMART, DCTA, CapMetroRail, Northstar, and Music City Star are just the most recent examples. There's examples from the Pacific Northwest, California, Texas, the Deep South and the MidWest. I don't know of any recently really coming in on budget that had received any significant Federal grants.

Maybe that's what's wrong, too much easy money?
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...and the idiots at congress don't have a concrete plan.
It's the conservatives not congress itself. If the democrats had no opposition there would already be massive increases in infrastructure, HSR and transit spending. Let's place blame where blame is deserved - at the feet of these lunatic mental midgets in the GOP.
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It's the conservatives not congress itself. If the democrats had no opposition there would already be massive increases in infrastructure, HSR and transit spending. Let's place blame where blame is deserved - at the feet of these lunatic mental midgets in the GOP.
if that were true, why weren't there huge increases in transit spending when the democrats had the majority? they wouldn't have needed "no opposition", just a simple majority which they had for many years.
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if that were true, why weren't there huge increases in transit spending when the democrats had the majority? they wouldn't have needed "no opposition", just a simple majority which they had for many years.
They did get a huge amount of money for transit, $8.4 Billion. But it was under a one time spend of stimulus packages for supposedly ready-to-go projects. Rail projects were the only exceptions to the ready-to-go restrictions, and rail projects had a later spend by date. An additional $8 Billion was allocated to high speed and intercity rail in the stimulus package. Remember, the stimulus package was over and beyond the regular DOT funding streams.
It was "their" choice to spend with a one time spurt than with a smaller increase in the regular funding stream.
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Jim Saksa wrote a good article for Plan Philly about the #StandUp4TRansportation rally yesterday.

http://planphilly.com/articles/2015/...pparent-accord
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Wissahickon Train Station to receive a mural

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Claymont project could add 5,000 jobs

Jeff Mordock, The News Journal 8:16 p.m. EDT April 30, 2015


An artist’s rendering shows the First State Transit Center, part of the First State Crossing project proposed for Claymont.

CDC also will construct a new transit center on a 12-acre site roughly half a mile east of the existing Claymont Train Station. The transit center will include 600-foot passenger platforms, bus connections, 650 parking spaces, bike and pedestrian access and a ride dropoff area.

The First State Transit Center is expected to replace Claymont's current train station. Collins said the Delaware Department of Transportation expressed concern about the train station because of the lack of parking and that it sits on a section of curved track that could create a safety hazard.
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Hatfield officials urge SEPTA to keep Fortuna station

By Dan Sokil
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Published: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hatfield Twp >> Hatfield officials have heard about SEPTA’s plan to build a new rail station on Ninth Street in Lansdale and have a message they want the agency to hear.

They want, and many residents need, SEPTA’s Fortuna Station near Broad Street and Cowpath Road to stay open.

“With the projects going on in Lansdale, I think we have to be assertive and proactive in making sure we keep this station,” said Commissioner Scott Brown.
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