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Please forward this error screen to 144. Angled white “S” with the word SEPTA in blue underneath. The background to the left of the “S” is blue and red on the right. Not to be confused with septum. 5th largest overall transit system, with about 306. 2,295 revenue vehicles, and 196 routes. SEPTA is one of only two U.
SEPTA’s headquarters are at 1234 Market Street in Center City, Philadelphia. Angled white “S” on a red circular background with a white and red double border. SEPTA was created by the Pennsylvania legislature on August 17, 1963, to coordinate government subsidies to various transit and railroad companies in southeastern Pennsylvania. It commenced on February 18, 1964. January 20, 1960 to work with the Reading Company and Pennsylvania Railroad to improve commuter rail service and help the railroads maintain otherwise unprofitable passenger rail service.
September 8, 1961 by the City of Philadelphia and the Counties of Montgomery, Bucks, and Chester to coordinate regional transport issues. By 1966, the Reading Company and Pennsylvania Railroad commuter railroad lines were operated under contract to SEPTA. On February 1, 1968, the Pennsylvania Railroad merged with the New York Central railroad to become Penn Central, only to file for bankruptcy on June 21, 1970. Like New York’s Second Avenue Subway, the original proposal for the Roosevelt Boulevard Subway dates to 1913, but construction has remained elusive.
The former SEPTA Route 6 trolley during the early 1980s. On March 1, 1976, SEPTA acquired the transit operations of Schuylkill Valley Lines, which is today the Frontier Division. Meanwhile, SEPTA gradually began to take over the Pennsylvania Railroad and Reading Company commuter trains. SEPTA primarily sought to consolidate the formerly-competing services, leading to severe cutbacks in the mid-1980s.
Many derelict lines under SEPTA ownership have been converted to rail trails, postponing any restoration proposals for the foreseeable future. Proposals have also been made for increased service on existing lines, including later evenings and Sundays to Wilmington and Newark in Delaware. Other recent proposals have focused on extending and enhancing SEPTA’s other transit services. Senator Bob Casey has supported recent proposals expanding the Broad Street Line to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. The City of Philadelphia appoints two members: one member is appointed by the Mayor, the other by the City Council President. These two board members can veto any item that is approved by the full SEPTA board because the city represents more than two-thirds of SEPTA’s local subsidy, fare revenue, and ridership. Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, and Montgomery County appoint two members each.
These members are appointed by the county commissioners in Bucks, Chester, and Montgomery County and by the county council in Delaware County. The day-to-day operations of SEPTA are handled by the general manager, who is appointed and hired by the board of directors. The general manager is assisted by nine department heads called assistant general managers. The present general manager is Jeffrey Knueppel. Past general managers include Joseph Casey, Faye L. Mack, John “Jack” Leary, Lou Gambaccini, and David L.