Septa says it needs $6.5 billion over the next ten years to improve crumbling railroad bridges, outdated rail cars, and substations that are 80 years old.
A SEPTA spokeswoman says the transit agency wasn’t expecting the state legislature to approve transportation funding before the end of the state’s fiscal year, June 30th.
The main issue for the bus fleet is keeping the air conditioning going, says SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams.
SEPTA is requiring all it’s rail engineers to wear fluorescent green and yellow vests when operating trains, saying it’s for safety and security reasons. It’s something the engineer’s union doesn’t like.
A CBS 3 I-Team investigation revealed that cell phone thefts rose 31 percent last year on SEPTA routes, prompting the transit authority to begin warning riders how to protect themselves.