I've been waiting for years to hear news regarding the extension of the Media/Elwyn line to Wawa. With the passage of the state transportation bill, when is a realistic time this could be done? Will there be notice when this question is answered, or when the column regularly is printed to keep an eye for an answer?
SEPTA GM Joe Casey: With the passage of Act 89 and State Transportation funding, SEPTA is now able to move forward with the Wawa Service Restoration Project. SEPTA has recently completed acquisition of needed property at the proposed Wawa station. Design and permitting for the project is being finalized with construction to start in 2017. The Project is currently scheduled to be completed in late 2020.
Why are there so very few seats for seniors and handicapped on the Paoli/Thorndale trains? Many times I have to stand because there are no seats. I have no problem on city buses or the Market Frankford El, because seats are marked. Can you rectify this problem?
Casey: Federal regulations require that at least one car per train be ADA accessible. However, all of SEPTA’s Regional Rail Silverliner cars and Push/Pull cab cars have Priority Seating. The accessible seats — designated by Priority Seating decals (see below)— are located directly inside the doors. The two sets of benches near the center of the newer SilverLiner V cars can be flipped up to accommodate a wheelchair.