Can you hear me now? No, thanks to that horn at the Trevose station, but SEPTA General Manager Joe Casey says there’s a good reason for it in answering this week’s rider questions.


I live near the Trevose train station R3 and every weeknight between 6 and 7 p.m. a southbound SEPTA train goes by and blows the horn on the train. The noise goes threw the whole neighborhood and there is no traffic crossing there. Why must they blow the horn?

-Ed Harkins, Trevose


We are required to blow the horn at stations that have at-grade pedestrian crosswalks. While some stations have underpasses or overpasses to avoid having the passengers cross at the track level, other stations like Trevose do not. At these stations, the riders must walk from one side of the station to the other via an at-grade crosswalk in the middle of the station. Real estate and funding constraints prevent us from adding overpasses and underpasses at all stations.

--We used to be able to buy a transfer from the Broad-Ridge Line to the Market-Frankford Line using a transfer pass that is pre-purchased. Why did SEPTA discontinue the use of the transfer at the Eighth Street Market-Frankford station?

-Alexander Johnson, Strawberry Mansion


Transferring from the Broad-Ridge Spur to the Market-Frankford Line is not permitted because it would enable passengers to return to their point of origin, which is an invalid use of a transfer. The Broad-Ridge Spur and the Broad Street Line share the same stations and tracks from Fern Rock to Fairmount station. At each of the Broad-Ridge stops, passengers have the option to board a Broad Street Line train to City Hall station and can use the free interchange to board the Market-Frankford Line without the use of a transfer.

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