SEPTA GM discusses report on cost of failing to modernize transit

Mike DeNardo
May 19, 2018 - 12:42 am

KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- SEPTA says at current funding levels it would take 15 years to clear the backlog of maintenance projects to keep its system running.  

When service is delayed because of equipment failures, SEPTA GM Jeff Knueppel says he feels riders' pain.

"It's a terribly frustrating thing," he said. "I've felt every switch failure, every catenary problem, every issue."

Knueppel spoke by conference call at the release of a report by the American Public Transportation Association on the cost of failing to modernize transit.

"I think moreso than ever, people are looking for reliability and dependability of their services that they get," he said. "And that's where frustration can definitely build when we do have delays."

The report says reliable funding is essential, because economic growth in American cities relies on quality public transit.