SEPTA offers riders chance to prioritize capital improvements

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 SEPTA officials talk with riders about capital improvements during an open house at  SEPTA headquarters.

SEPTA officials talk with riders about capital improvements during an open house at SEPTA headquarters.

As SEPTA begins its budget process, the transit agency held an open house to ask for opinions on which capital upgrades should be a priority.

 

Everything from new buses and trains to fixing aging bridges was spread out as options for the public to consider during the event Wednesday at the transit agency’s Philadelphia headquarters.

A new round of grants will touch many parts of the transit system, said Catherine Popp-McDonough, SEPTA’s capital budget director.

“We do have a large bridge program that we have to advance. On the Media-Elwyn line, we have several viaducts that have to move. There are other major bridges that we need to move as well,” she said.

Station overhauls and new buses are also on the priority list.

Once SEPTA officials gather input from riders, they will formulate a capital budget that will be the subject of hearings in April.

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