A look at SEPTA’s rise among U.S. transit agencies

    Believe it or not, SEPTA is the best public transportation system in the country in its category (20 million-plus annual passengers). Board Chairman Pat Deon has the tchotchke on his desk to prove it: 2012 Outstanding Public Transportation System.

    Of course trash-talking local mass transit is always en vogue, no matter where you live. The No. 47 bus is late? SEPTA sucks. The No. 34 trolley is broken down on Baltimore Ave.? SEPTA sucks!

    No transit system will ever be perfect, but what the distinction from the American Public Transportation Association signifies is the long haul upward that SEPTA has been on since its low point in the ’90s.

    Dan Geringer at the Daily News has a piece this morning about how the transit agency apparently got back on the right track, if you’ll pardon the cliché.

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    Deon took over as chairman of the board after fromer General Manager Lou Gambaccini retired. For Deringer’s take on what happened next, read on.

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