Big enough topic to warrant it's own thread: SEPTA is about to impose a new amount of ride limits on both its Weekly and Monthly TransPasses.
Along with the higher fares, the newly imposed limits will be 50 rides per Weekly TransPass and 200 rides per Monthly TransPass. And each transfer will count as 1 ride against your limit.
Click for the Philly.com article and then what you can do THIS WEEK to be heard.
Weekly/monthly passes are unlimited in other major cities such as Boston and New York (where unlimited monthly is $112 for a more extensive system, compared to Philadelphia's $92 limited system).
Think about it this way: with multi-part commutes and many have 6-day work weeks, that 50/week limit can be hit real quick: For example, we can easily expend 6 trips a day just to get to work and back home again: a bus, a subway and then perhaps yet another bus may be needed to get to work. Reverse that again to get home. Working 6 days a week, that adds up to 36 trips a week thus far. Add 2 more trips per day for something like lunch, where food options are severely limited at places such as the Philadelphia Naval Yard. Right there (6 work days @ 6-part-round-trip commute with a 2-part-round-trip lunch) that could be 48 trips already counted against a TransPass user in ONE week, without even adding in trips for errands or emergencies!
As an FYI, I wrote SEPTA in protest and received this response back from SEPTA, who use ride limits as their excuse to combat pass-sharing abuse and the eliminations of the M/F sticker on each pass:
Passes are for the use of the person whose signature is on the pass. Still, we realize that pass sharing does occur. With the elimination of the male and female designations on passes the frequency of pass sharing is anticipated to increase. With the introduction of new payment technology we will be able to determine the number of times a pass is used, so we are able to place a limit on the number of rides rather than increase the cost of the pass even higher than the proposed increase.
Our records show that the ride limit will affect less than one percent of pass holders. If you are among those who will occasionally exceed the pass limit, you will be able store additional funds on your smart media to cover the payment required for rides in excess of the limit on those weeks or months when you exceed the limit rather than pay a higher overall fee for the pass every week or month.
Thank you for your inquiry and for choosing SEPTA.
No word that SEPTA would take my plea into consideration or anything, they just coldy rejected it!
SEPTA posts the following:
Pass ride limits are designed to stop pass sharing.
There will be public hearings where you can voice your concerns. Here's the Schedule of Public Hearings:
Delaware County | Monday, April 15, 2013
Delaware County Court House
County Council Meeting Room, 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.
201 W. Front Street, Media, PA 19063
Montgomery County | Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Montgomery County Human Services Center
Community Room, Main Floor, 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.
1430 DeKalb Pike, Norristown, PA 19404
Philadelphia County | Wednesday, April 17, 2013
SEPTA Board Room, 11 a.m. & 5 p.m.
1234 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Chester County | Friday, April 19, 2013
West Chester Borough Hall
County Chambers, 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.
401 E. Gay Street, West Chester, PA 19380
Bucks County | Monday, April 22, 2013
Bucks County Free Library
Pearl Buck Room, 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.
150 S. Pine Street, Doylestown, PA 18901
You can also click here SEPTA | Public Hearing| Fiscal Year 2014 Capital Budget and use the comments form at the bottom of the page or send an email/letter to the addresses provided.
What other major City has removed unlimited passes with the lame excuse of pass abuse??? Absolutely none!
Where do we go from here to take action, spread the word and be heard?