With “Doomsday” Averted, Head Of SEPTA Looks Ahead

 

Casey says the Bridgeport Viaduct will be closed in order to replace its timber | Photo: Plan Philly

Casey says the Bridgeport Viaduct will be closed in order to replace its timber | Photo: Plan Philly

  • Plan Philly sat down with SEPTA General Manager Joe Casey to get a sense of what the public can expect after the state earmarked $300 million late last month toward transportation. Casey calls the funding—much of which is bondable—a “game changer,” allowing SEPTA to approach an operating budget that is 2/3 (!) of that of similarly sized agencies around the country. Much of the infrastructure that would have been forsaken within a “doomsday budget” may now be supported, including work on the Media Line, the Crum Creek Bridge, the Jenkintown substation, and the gradual replacement of trolleys. Casey also credited the Economy League and the Chamber of Commerce for their lobbying efforts to convince decision makers of the economic necessity of regional transportation.
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