A COVID-19 Recovery Plan for SEPTA Riders

Published: 2 minute read

$1 fare across all modes for adults, and free rides for all children accompanied by an adult for one year

Sign to support Philly transit riders’ COVID-19 Recovery Plan Since hearings held during a public health crisis will not be representative of transit riders, we would like to see the SEPTA Board respond to current realities and pass a fare plan for a COVID-19 recovery. There are some good elements of the proposed plan– free transfers and new fare products– but with the unemployment rate at levels not seen since the Great Depression, these elements alone will not be enough.

Don't Sacrifice Rider and Operator Safety for Fare Revenue

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SEPTA to end rear door boarding and increase service on May 17

The Philly Transit Riders Union is deeply concerned about SEPTA’s plan to cease rear door boarding on May 17th. While we applaud the restoration of services scheduled for May 17th, SEPTA has chosen to pair it with a premature and dangerous return to front door boarding and collecting pre-pandemic fares. In an attempt to protect operators and riders, SEPTA has stated vehicles will be outfitted with a plastic shield and yellow tape to illustrate recommended social distancing.

No SEPTA Fare Hike During a Pandemic: A COVID-19 Recovery Plan for SEPTA Riders

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$1 fare across all modes for adults, and free rides for all children accompanied by an adult for one year

Sign to support Philly transit riders’ COVID-19 Recovery Plan On April 23rd, the SEPTA Board held its first “virtual” meeting. For this meeting, Philly Transit Riders Union organized more than 30 essential workers to write to the SEPTA Board with two requests: Run more transit service to alleviate crowding Postpone upcoming public hearings on fare increases and instead submit a COVID-19 recovery fare plan for transit riders The duration of this virtual SEPTA board meeting was approximately 9 minutes and all public comments were ignored.

Public transit for some: End the Segregation of SEPTA's Regional Rail

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This originally appeared as an op-ed in Plan Philly in May 2020 as “Now is the time to remake SEPTA’s fare structure”. The original version appears below. On April 23rd, the SEPTA Board held its first “virtual” public meeting. The Philly Transit Riders Union organized essential workers to contact the SEPTA Board about their experiences taking public transit during the COVID-19 crisis. Some riders asked SEPTA to run more service to alleviate dangerous overcrowding.

Letter: Emergency Relief Funding for Transit Workers

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Dear Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader McConnell, and House and Senate Leadership, We are organizations representing public transit riders, public transit workers, environmental justice communities, and other constituencies across the United States. We advocate for transit systems that are affordable and accessible to all, provide good family-supporting jobs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution from our transportation system. We urge you to increase the allocation for emergency assistance to public transit in the proposed next round of economic stimulus to address the coronavirus crisis and its economic impact.

Police Interactions with SEPTA Riders During COVID-19

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, April 10, 2020 Two videos circulating Friday morning give a glimpse into the disturbing reality faced by transit riders in Philadelphia. In one, a man who appears to be a SEPTA supervisor orders riders off a bus, some with face coverings, stating “if you don’t have a mask you cannot ride public transportation.” In another, no less than seven Philadelphia police officers are shown dragging a transit rider off a bus, apparently for not wearing a face mask.

Statement on CARES Act Transit Funding

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, April 3, 2020 We are pleased that $700 million in emergency funding has been appropriated to support transit operations in the Philadelphia area during this time. This is desperately needed relief for transit agencies and is a much-needed first step, recognizing the critical importance of public transit for moving essential workers during this crisis. We ask SEPTA to immediately update the public with their plans for utilizing these emergency funds.

Statement on suspension of all night service on the MFL and BSL

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By suspending this service SEPTA is telling essential workers “thank you for keeping our society going, but good luck getting home”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, March 30, 2020 SEPTA has announced that beginning on Monday, March 30th, all night service on the Market-Frankford Subway-Elevated & Broad Street Subway Lines will be suspended between the hours of 1am and 4:30am to allow additional time for cleaning subway cars and stations. They’ve also stated they will not operate Nite Owl shuttle bus service for these lines, which leaves many essential service workers without transportation.

FY 2021 SEPTA Fare Change Public Hearings Postponed

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Earlier this week SEPTA announced that the 10 public hearings initially scheduled for the FY 2021 budget and fare changes would proceed as scheduled, though as 4 “virtual” hearings in response to COVID-19. In our statement we said “SEPTA will not get meaningful input from the public by holding fare increase hearings during a pandemic”. SEPTA later announced the hearings would be postponed. These hearings exist to allow riders to state and illustrate how changes in transit prices affect our lives.

Philly Under “Stay At Home” Order, SEPTA Seeks to Raise Fares During a Pandemic

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, March 23, 2020 On Sunday, March 22, shortly after the City of Philadelphia issued a “Stay At Home Order” prohibiting most personal activity to prevent the spread of COVID-19, SEPTA announced it would hold public fare increase hearings through the pandemic, with “virtual” public participation and comment. Under normal conditions, “virtual” public hearings on a fare increase would be inadequate. Under current conditions, SEPTA’s decision is surreal.