>SEPTA’s plea to quiet car riders: "Use your ‘inside voice’"


As the proud daddy of a 2-year old, I can completely understand one of SEPTA‘s (Philadelphia Transit) request for riders in their "quiet cars" on commuter rail:

Keep conversations with other passengers short using their best "inside voice"

Well put.  I’m up in Philadelphia for inaugural weekend (it’s a rare four day weekend for the wife and me), and I’m taking the opportunity to try out a different transit service.  I’m also taking in the Franklin Institute, the National Liberty Museum, the Free Library (I’m a big library fan), Independence Hall, the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul (surprise, mass will be in Latin today!), and the downtown Reading Terminal Market.

SEPTA reminds me a lot of New York’s service.  The subway stations have tons of entrances and exits (as opposed to WMATA’s one or two), there are few elevators or escalators, and the subway stations are not much to look at.  But the service is efficient (headways at most every 10 minutes during the day on Sunday, better than WMATA), cheap ($1.45 for a token), pretty fast, not too dirty (though not as clean as WMATA), and has fairly good ridership (plenty of people riding even on a Sunday).  And they don’t cut the headways during the middle of the day like WMATA does (trains come every 6 minutes as opposed to 12 minutes mid-day for WMATA).

If I had more time, I might even be able to figure out the bus system.

By the way, what systems are out there that still use tokens?  Seems like it’s getting pretty rare these days.  I know NYC, Boston, Chicago, BART, MARTA, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Portland, Los Angeles have all switched to some other system besides tokens.


About perkinsms

I'm an engineer and father interested in transit, parking and economics.
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