SEPTA Regional Rails
The Presidential Emergency Board found that SEPTA is correct in insisting that pay raises for the Regional Rail engineers and electricians follow the same pattern as raises for subway and bus operators.
The 2014 report card from the Philadelphia section of the American Society of Civil Engineers gives the state no As. The highest of the sixteen grades was a “B” for freight rail.
Three members of the panel are on a 30-day mission to hear testimony from locomotive engineers and electrical workers, as well as SEPTA labor relations staff, and deliver a report with recommendations to the President by July 14th.
After four years of stalled contract negotiations, the clock is ticking again, but the next inflection point may be a month from now.
SEPTA’s regional rails were back in business for the Monday morning commute, thanks to a presidential executive order that derailed a strike by some 400 locomotive engineers and electricians.
Construction on the trail, most of which will be along the scenic Pennypack Creek, is already underway, and should be wrapped up by the fall of next year.
The unions have been working without a contract for four years, and mediation officially failed last month, triggering a 30-day cooling-off period.
Septa officials are beginning an ambitious capital improvement project to repair century-old bridges that provide a base to parts of the Media-Elwyn regional rail line.
“We have people out there, working over miles of territory to clear trees and get things restored,” said SEPTA deputy general manager Jeff Knueppel.
With more people using Septa’s Regional Rail lines, the transit agency is looking for ways to increase capacity.
The plan to build a 700-space garage has been in the works for several years and has been the subject of contentious discussions between the transit agency and Cheltenham residents who live near the station.
Four years after SEPTA launched its “Quiet Ride” cars on certain Regional Rail trains, the agency is conducting a survey to find out if all that shushing has been worthwhile.
The nearly 20,000 employees who work at the King of Prussia business park but come from outside the Upper Merion area now have a new incentive to get out of their cars and onto public transportation.
Get ready to dig a little deeper for that SEPTA ride. Fare increases went into effect on Monday.
There will be a number of bus detours around the course, so getting there could also be a challenge for spectators.