SEPTA operates what’s believed to be the world’s first wayside energy storage project to combine the energy-saving benefits of regenerative braking, or “regen,” with the revenue benefits of selling some of that energy back to the grid.
“The people of the nation are way ahead of some of their elected leaders,” Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff said, citing a new survey for the American Public Transportation Association that showed 74 percent of respondents supported using tax dollars to “create, expand and improve public transportation.” That was up from 69 percent last year.
Big changes are headed for regional rail riders when SEPTA implements its new smartcard payment system on the rail network. The transition won’t happen until sometime in 2014, but critics are already saying SEPTA is going about this all wrong.
In January, SEPTA identified five critical deferred projects that, if it does not come up with the funds to fix, will be the first pieces of the network to close. With the recent Econsult report calling attention to SEPTA’s financial situation and the ongoing discussion of transportation funding legislation in Harrisburg, we decided to revisit that list of critical deferred projects.