More Signs Of Decline In Delco

More Signs Of Decline In Delco — Here are some more signs of decline in Delaware County, Pa. The below images are from SEPTA’s Route 101 Springfield Road trolley stop in Springfield taken this morning, Aug. 7.

Three days earlier we found blatant neglect at the Morton Homestead in Prospect Park.

From Wikipedia regarding Broken Windows Theory:

Under the impression that a broken window left unfixed leads to more serious problems, residents begin to change the way they see their community. In an attempt to stay safe, a cohesive community starts to fall apart, as individuals start to spend less time in communal space to avoid potential violent attacks by strangers.[1] The slow deterioration of a community, as a result of broken windows, modifies the way people behave when it comes to their communal space, which, in turn, breaks down community control. As rowdy teenagers, panhandlers, addicts, and prostitutes slowly make their way into a community, it signifies that the community cannot assert informal social control, and citizens become afraid that worse things will happen. As a result, they spend less time in the streets to avoid these subjects and feel less and less connected from their community, if the problems persist.

More Signs Of Decline In Delco

More Signs Of Decline In Delco

More Signs Of Decline In Delco

More Signs Of Decline In Delco

SEPTA Strip Tree Removal At Springfield Road Station

SEPTA Strip Tree Removal At Springfield Road Station — The old oaks and evergreens along with not-so-old cherry trees have been removed from the Rolling Road green buffer strip along the Route 101 trolly line at the Springfield Road station in Springfield, Pa.

One of the workmen said the plan is to put in a parking lot. He was a nice guy. He offered me the wood and I took a big chunk of oak.

Once we agitated for the trees to come down. The dead ones anyway.

SEPTA Strip Tree Removal At Springfield Road Station
The scene on North Rolling Road in Springfield, Pa. about 2 p.m., Nov. 2.
SEPTA Strip Tree Removal At Springfield Road Station

SEPTA Eagles Parade Schedule

SEPTA Eagles Parade Schedule — SEPTA has announced significant adjustments for service on Thursday (Feb. 8) for the Eagles Super Bowl Parade, according to State Rep. Alex Charlton (R-165). Free rides will be offered on the Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines, but service will be limited to select stops.

Regional Rail will board only at select stations and will service only select stations in Center City. Customers MUST have either a Weekly or Monthly TrailPass, an Independence Pass, or a pre-purchased senior/reduced fare ticket. Discounted Independence Passes will go on sale today (Feb. 6) for $10.

Please see  for complete information regarding service on Thursday.

That’s great Alex but couldn’t you have told us that all stations are open on the Route 101 and the trolleys will be running every 15 minutes?

And, more relevantly, what are you doing about ending prevailing wage and shaving up to $30 million off the cost of the new Springfield High School?

SEPTA Eagles Parade Schedule

SEPTA Eagles Parade Schedule

SEPTA Free Transfers Beat ‘Springfield Monorail’

SEPTA’s plan to extend the Norristown High Speed Line to King of Prussia, is moving along reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. The five-mile spur is designed to stop at the mall and the Valley Forge Casino. SEPTA Free Transfers Beat 'Springfield Monorail'

There are a lot better, cheaper and less disruptive ways of increasing the ridership and utility of the Philadelphia area’s transportation system.

Way back when the Philadelphia area’s bus and trolley lines were run by private business, transfers were free. Why? The guys running things understood they would get more riders (and ultimately money) by doing this. They understood that transferring from a busy line to another wasn’t costing them anything as the other had to run anyway and the less the consumer cost the more use the busy line would get.

SEPTA now is a tax-funded bureaucracy. Nobody in management is going to lose his job if the bureau doesn’t make a profit. Further there is no incentive to increase ridership. In fact, there is a disincentive as more riders mean more aggravation and the ones running things are going to be paid the same whatever.

So the point for the taxpayer is, instead of dumping money into what will be a money losing venture, why not bring back free transfers? Public transportation use might very well increase as much if not more than by building this thing and without the tax hit and construction annoyance.

Somebody might point out that SEPTA is pushing for commuters to use monthly passes. Really? How’s it working for them? What percent of the residents of the area use SEPTA on a weekly (or monthly) basis much less have passes?

Monthly passes are a  good way of using SEPTA, of course, but have you seen any marketing for them? Have you seen the advertisements for them on TV? In any media? Have you seen any marketing for SEPTA anywhere?  We haven’t. The private transportation companies used to advertise but not SEPTA. We really don’t believe SEPTA is interested in increasing its riders.

Here’s a thought: where is the attempt to synch SEPTA’s rail service with it’s bus/trolley service? How about free transfers for that? It would be cheaper than this rail extension.

This project is just a means of getting somebody else to pay for more government-connected jobs.

This thing won’t go through Springfield Montco much less Springfield Delco and it won’t be a monorail but we have no problem using the Simpson reference.

SEPTA Free Transfers Beat ‘Springfield Monorail’

The cost of SEPTA Free Transfers would be a fraction of what building a five-mile spur along a busy highway.

SEPTA Free Transfers might actually cause revenue to increase.

SEPTA Free Transfers Beat ‘Springfield Monorail’

Hitler Islam SEPTA Ad

Hitler Islam SEPTA Ad
We are not sure if the looming SEPTA ad features this photo of Adolph Hitler with Haj Amin al-Husseini or another.

U.S. District Judge Mitchell Goldberg has ruled that SEPTA must accept advertising featuring a photo of Adolph Hitler with friend and ally Haj Amin al-Husseini, who was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, with the tagline “Jew Hatred: It’s in the Quran.”

SEPTA had rejected the ad on the grounds it violated “minimal civility standards”. SEPTA says it is considering an appeal.

The ads are produced by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, a New Hampshire-based group that opposes U.S. aid to Islamic countries and has filed similar lawsuits in New York and other cities.

Judge Goldberg noted that SEPTA has run viewpoint ads on public issues including animal cruelty, birth control, religion and fracking.

Look for it on a trolley or bus or El train near you.

Hitler Islam Ad Coming To SEPTA Maybe

Hitler Islam SEPTA Ad 

Dangerous Trees Of Springfield Pa

Dangerous Trees Of Springfield Pa — The spruce tree in the photo is on the North Rolling Road “Rock Island” traffic island in Springfield Pa. It’s ready to fall like three of its sisters  have already done.Dangerous Trees Of Springfield Pa Traffic Island

Several large trees are dead or nearly so in the unit block of North Rolling Road in Springfield Pa in Delaware County.

One is a spruce tree on a township-owned traffic island at the northern tip of Windsor Circle.

Two are oak trees on SEPTA land bordering the Route 101 Trolley Line.

It would be a lot wiser for the trees to be removed now before they crush a car (or pedestrian) or simply fall and block the well-traveled road for a day.

Three of the spruces have already fallen from the traffic island damaging private property.

Dangerous Trees Of Springfield Pa SEPTA 1

This dead and dangerous oak tree on the SEPTA land on North Rolling Road, Springfield has been known to block the sidewalk with its fallen limbs.

Dangerous Trees Of Springfield Pa SEPTA 2

Another dead or near-dead tree on the SEPTA land. What would the township do if these were on private residences?

Dangerous Trees Of Springfield Pa

SEPTA Market Street Common Sense

SEPTA Market Street Common Sense
Going underground on the El.

Today’s observation regarding logic and SEPTA concerns the bus lanes on Market Street in Philadelphia.

You are motoring at a snails pace down Market Street east of City Hall and you find yourself wondering why the right lane is reserved for buses. The subway/el runs the entire length of the street.

Pull the buses off of Market Street and maybe SEPTA would not have been able to cut those  routes nobody was using anyway  so Tom Corbett and the rest of the other-people’s-money spenders in Harrisburg would give them a half billion.

Just an observation.

SEPTA Market Street Common Sense

SEPTA Traffic Snarls In Springfield

SEPTA Traffic Snarls In SpringfieldSEPTA Traffic Snarls In Springfield — Work on SEPTA’s Route 101 trolley line caused stop lights to turn steady red on Springfield Road in Springfield this morning, April 24, 2013, leading motorists to make their own traffic rules until police arrived to provide some order. The photo was taken at 10:12 a.m. Police arrived on the scene about 10 minutes later.


SEPTA Traffic Snarls In Springfield

SEPTA’s Silent Running

It’s the second day of the return to service for SEPTA’s Route 101 and Route 102 trolleys although one might suspect that many of those who live along the routes might not be aware of it.

The new continuous-weld tracks are that quiet.

Kudos SEPTA. Nice job.

One important caveat. If you should happen to be a teenager using the tracks as a hiking trail to school or wherever, you may want to change your habit. The trolleys are really that quiet.

Trips Should Be Seamless When Trolleys Return

The months-long, $34 million  renovation project of the SEPTA 101 and 102 trolley lines in Delaware County, Pa. ends Monday and service resumes.

The new continuous-weld rails should make the trips much smoother for passengers and, hopefully, quieter for residents near the tracks. One engineer has informed us that no major work should be required on the lines for at least a half-century.

And kudos to the drivers of the replacement buses who have gotten high marks from those having to use them.