SEPTA GM will retire in December after 32-year career

Mike DeNardo
August 22, 2019 - 1:19 pm
SEPTA General Manager Jeff Knueppel

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — SEPTA's general manager is retiring at the end of the year.

Jeff Knueppel met with his top staff last week and told them that he planned to retire as general manager, said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch.

"He's on vacation this week, so he wanted to meet with them before he left town," Busch explained. Knueppel was not available for comment.

Knueppel has spent 32 years at SEPTA, serving as its chief engineer and deputy general manager before taking the general manager's job in 2015. His retirement will take effect when his contract expires at the end of this year.

During his tenure, Knueppel guided the agency through the cracked-beam crisis on the Regional Rail fleet three years ago. He also implemented the safety feature known as positive train control, and he oversaw the prolonged — and ongoing — rollout of the SEPTA Key fare card.

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Busch said Knueppel's departure is not in any way related to reports that the FBI was investigating whether mid-level SEPTA managers were misusing funds.

"With the intention of retiring at the end of the year, those discussions had long predated those reports coming out," he added.

Knueppel's salary is about $320,000 a year. Busch said the SEPTA board is discussing potential general manager candidates to replace him. There are reports that PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards' name is being floated.