Calendar

  • Join us as we advocate for better allocation of Capital funds at SEPTA's FY2025 Capital Budget Hearings.

    The schedule of Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Public Hearings is as follows:
    Capital Budget: May 22, 2024 – 10:00 AM & 4:00 PM

    5th Square is seeking volunteers who can make public comment at these hearings! Let us know if you can help by submitting your RSVP, and we will reach out with talking points.

    We will be asking SEPTA to:

    • Support better headhouse design like the new Drexel 30th St Station -- SEPTA is proposing to downgrade their subway headhouses to use metal wire and metal bars instead of transparent polycarbonate panels.

    • Implement the "Silver Line" vision for fast, frequent regional rail service between Fern Rock and Penn Medicine

    • Support city-wide efforts for a permanent intercity bus terminal

    • Fully fund Trolley Modernization

    • Supporting the "Safe Clean & Secure" line item to hire 100 additional cleaners and purchase vacuum trains

    • Support the purchase of new railcars for the Market-Frankford Line, the Broad Street line, and Regional Rail

    The Public Hearings can be attended in-person in the Board Room at SEPTA Headquarters, 1234 Market Street, Mezzanine Level, Philadelphia, PA 19107, or virtually utilizing WebEx. Additional information on how individuals can register to attend via WebEx will be posted on approximately April 26, 2024 at the Authority’s website: www.septa.org/notice.

    At the hearings, SEPTA will present the proposed Fiscal Year 2025 Operating Budget and Fiscal Years 2026-2030 Financial Projections, and the Fiscal Year 2025 Capital Budget and Fiscal Years 2025-2036 Capital Program. The proposed budgets will be published on or about April 16, 2024 and will be accessible from the SEPTA website: https://planning.septa.org/reports/. SEPTA will afford an opportunity for interested persons or agencies to be heard with respect to the budgets at the public hearings. People wishing to attend and speak at the morning and afternoon sessions in-person or via WebEx must register by the start time on the day of each public hearing. SEPTA representatives will be available at each hearing to listen to public comments and testimony. A sign language interpreter will be present during the public hearings. An audio version of the public hearing notice and summary will be available through the Associated Services for the Blind at its website: www.asb.org

    Public Participation Details:

    • Individuals wishing to attend a public hearing virtually via WebEx must register at http://septa.org/notice before the date and time the public hearing is to be held (see schedule above). Details and instructions on how to register via WebEx will be posted to the above SEPTA website on approximately April 26, 2024.

    • Individuals wishing to attend in-person should arrive at the SEPTA Board Room by 11:00AM and 5:00PM respectively on May 20, 2024 and by 10:00AM and 4:00PM respectively on May 21, 2024 for the Operating Budget, and by 10:00AM and 4:00PM respectively on May 22, 2024 for the Capital Budget.

    • Persons desiring to provide oral comments or testimony about the Capital Budget may call 215-580-7771, and about the Operating Budget may call 215-580-7772 to submit comments or testimony via voicemail message.

    • Individuals may submit comments via email on the Operating Budget to [email protected] and on the Capital Budget to [email protected].

    • Persons wishing to file written comments may mail them to the Senior Director, Budgets & Transformation, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, 1234 Market St., 9th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

    All comments and testimony received will become part of the public record and will be forwarded to the Hearing Examiner. To be included in the official public record, comments must be received by Friday May 31, 2024 at 5:00 PM.

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  • SEPTA Board Meeting - May 2024

    The board will be considering Bus Revolution, the authority's first comprehensive redesign of its entire bus network.  This will be the final yes/no vote on the whole package after a year of delay.

    We need folks to come help advocate for Bus Revolution and the need for more reliable, more frequent, and more dependable bus service.

    SEPTA HQ - 1234 Market St (Mezzanine Level)

    Testimony is better if it's written beforehand, and resonates better if you can give a personal story about your rider experience with it.

    Comments are typically limited to 2-minutes (approximately 300 words).

    Written comments can be emailed to [email protected]


    REASONS WHY WE SUPPORT BUS REVOLUTION

    Bus ridership has been declining over the past decade and the pandemic has changed how people work and travel -- this change is needed now more than ever.

    Bus Revolution will result in over a million more people gaining access to frequent bus routes.

    This redesign will create nearly a dozen more high-frequency routes, increasing service reliability and speeds.

    Also, improving service at non-peak travel times and weekends has the greatest benefit for lower-income workers and those with no car access.

    SEPTA has already conducted extensive engagement on Bus Revolution over three years, over 200 meetings, and collecting over 20,000 comments

    More delay will not produce a better outcome-- This process has already been delayed over a year for more feedback and to adjust routes.

     

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