SEPTA General Manager Joe Casey discusses whether City Hall station will ever get an elevator and if bus operators need to be buckled.

City Hall stop is one the busiest hubs on your lines. Why is there no wheelchair access at this stop? If you are handicapped or carrying big luggage you have to climb the stairs.

— James Crews, Philadelphia

City Hall Station was put into service in 1928. SEPTA currently has a project for upgrading both City Hall and 15th Street stations with elevators. Due to its age and location directly under part of the City Hall and Dilworth Plaza, the design and construction of elevators is very complex. Installation of elevators will involve resupporting portions of City Hall. The project is divided into three phases with the design of the first phase currently under way. Moving ahead with construction is dependent upon resolution of state capital funding issues and the full funding of Act 44.

In all my travels I have noticed that 90 percent of bus drivers do not wear a seat belt. Is there any policy governing this? The rest of the world has to use a seat belt or get ticketed.

— Carmen Di Benedetto, Fairmount


SEPTA’s rules and regulations require the use of seat belts, in vehicles so equipped, while operating any SEPTA vehicle. Furthermore, Pennsylvania has a seat belt law, which requires the operator to wear a seat belt. Our road supervisors routinely check operators for rules compliance — and “seat belts” are part of that compliance check. Failure to wear a seat belt could result in a fine or discipline.

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