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SEPTA could eliminate nine lines under plan Doomsday. SEPTA oﬃcials fear the worst if funding doesn’t come through. If the state doesn’t allocate more money to public transit, SEPTA’s current routes could drastically change. Joseph Casey, SEPTA’s general manager, testified Thursday in front of the state Senate Transportation Committee, producing two very revealing maps — SEPTA’s current transit routes, and a map that shows the possible elimination of nine rail lines, the closure of a subway line and the conversation of trolley routes to bus routes.
A map, left, shows SEPTA’s current routes but a second map, right, shows what could be eliminated if there’s no funding. / SEPTA
“It’s real,” Casey said. “It’s not fabricated. It’s what the price of inaction is.” A bill that would provide more than $500 million — enough to maintain — was passed in the state Senate in June, before summer recess. The
bill has yet to move forward in the House. Officials say the plan could leave nearly 90,000 daily riders without rail service. Bridges are in poor condition, subway cars are aging and other new vehicles are needed, Casey said.
“We have a backlog of repairs of $5 billion,” Casey said. “That’s with equipment and facilities well past their useful life. Under the current funding scenario, the capital program we have is $300 million. As that proceeds over the next 10 years, that $5 billion will grow to $6.5 billion.” The realignment plan won’t be rolled out immediately, but parts of it could happen as early as next year. The Cynwyd line could be eliminated in 2014, followed by Media/Elwyn in 2015 and Chestnut Hill West in 2018. West Trenton, Airport, Warminster, Wilmington/Newark, Fox Chase and Chestnut Hill East lines would close eight years after that. It sounds too far away
to worry about now, but Casey reassures, it’s not. “Power sub stations — if they go out, there’s no money now,” he said. It’s not a wish list, he added; it’s what SEPTA needs now. “Hopefully the House gets their act together and tries to pass a bill,” Casey said. “I just don’t know if it will happen.” Other services that would be affected include: truncating service on the Lansdale/Doylestown Line by 2018 and the Paoli/ Thorndale Line by 2023 and suspending service on the Broad-Ridge Spur of the Broad Street Line and eliminating all express service on the BSL.
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A Pennsylvania judge has ordered a Montgomery County court official to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. In an opinion issued Thursday, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court President Judge Dan Pellegrini wrote that Montgomery County Register of Wills Bruce Hanes did not have the power to decide on his own whether the state’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional. The state’s Health Department sued Hanes in August after he began is-
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City Council returned Sept. 12 for its first hearing this legislative session — and so did protesters calling for more funding for the city’s struggling schools. Advocates interrupted the Council session with an impromptu mic check. Standing in the back of chambers, protesters waved signs and chanted, “$50 million is not enough! Charity is no substitution for full funding!” The statement was a shot at a plan announced by Mayor Michael Nutter under which the city would partner with private organizations to raise money for school supplies, essentially crowdfunding the School District shortfall. After several minutes of chaos, the protesters marched out, chanting “We’ll be back!” The rally came despite the fact several Council members brought forth proposals related to the School District budget crisis. Those that sparked the most debate came from Councilman Wilson Goode Jr., who took aim at
the city’s 10-year property tax abatement on newly constructed or improved properties. Goode last year introduced a bill capping the abatement amount at $500,000 and reducing it during the final five years by 20 percent annually. As a portion of Philadelphia’s property taxes go to fund city schools, the legislation would release more revenue. Goode has several times claimed the tax break benefits largely the “new, few and well-to-do,” while developers and real estate organizations contend it draws much-needed development and new residents to the city, broadening its tax base. But that proposal was tabled, as it fell short of the votes necessary for it to pass.
“Needless to say, I will introduce the first abatement bill every week until a vote is taken,” Goode said. He also brought forth a second piece of legislation that would extend the property tax abatement indefinitely to all city and School District-owned properties. “The bill asks a simple question,” Goode said to fellow Council members. “Do we want to continue taking money from the School District through the abatement program? If you want to stop taking money from the School District, vote ‘yes.’ If you want to keep taking money from the School District, vote ‘no.’”
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Legislative roundup Additional school-related proposals introduced on Sept. 12 include: •
Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, on behalf of Council President Darrell Clarke, introduced a bill under which the city would give the School District $50 million in exchange for its shuttered properties, which the city would then sell.
Legislation introduced by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown calls for hearings to investigate the eﬃciency of collections of the School Income Tax.
Councilman Kenyatta Johnson proposed an investigation of the School District’s transition plan following the closing last year of 24 city schools.
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Capturing America’s oldest street on film Rudi and Elise Wenterbach take pictures this week of Elfreth’s Alley, known as America’s oldest residential street. The couple are visiting from Australia. / RIKARD LARMA, METRO
“Tough Cop: Mike Chitwood vs. the ‘Scumbags’” is the title of the 69-year-old Upper Darby Police superintendent’s upcoming tell-all book, which is set to release on Oct. 15. The book, a collection of the South Philly native’s best stories, was co-written with Harold Gullan. It will be released in paperback for $17.95 and ebook for $7.99. TOMMY ROWAN
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A NOTE TO OUR RUSSIAN PEN PAL Dear President Putin, Thanks for your recent open letter to America regarding Syria. As you know, our plans for possibly visiting your old pal, Bashar al-Assad, are somewhat up in the air, so please tell him not to hold dinner. I was intrigued by your thoughts on how it can be unwise for big military powers to start throwing their missiles around without the U.N.’s blessing. I assume you are speaking from experience. Ha! Don’t spill your borsch; I’m just ribbing you. But in the spirit of offering friendly advice and a little quid pro quo, here are some ideas that you might find useful when you’re hanging out in Red Square. For starters, what’s with taking your shirt off all the time? You’re a handsome guy (in a sort of former-KGB way) but it seems a tad creepy. Kind
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