SEPTA is required by law to hold public hearings whenever it enacts major fare changes. SEPTA, at least in its current incarnation, takes these meetings seriously. To reiterate the point I made Friday night, they are not show trials. This is not the MTA. While some things are unavoidable (a complaint about a fare increase approximately equal to the rate of inflation is going to be a waste of everyone’s time), major proposed changes in rules or policies are sometimes floated only to be rescinded in the face of major and reasonable public opposition. So if you want to see the problems with the new FY 2014 operating budget and NPT-related tariff changes fixed, I highly suggest that you engage in the process, and show up to a hearing.
SEPTA is increasing the number of hearings this year, holding an afternoon and an evening hearing apiece in all five Pennsylvania counties served, as opposed to the traditional one each in the four suburban counties and two in Philadelphia. Written comments can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Oral statements should be held to a few minutes, and written copies of prepared text should be brought and submitted.
This year’s hearings will be:
Monday, April 15, 2013, 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Delaware County Court House
County Council Meeting Room
201 W. Front Street,
Media, PA 19063
Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Montgomery County Human Services Center
Community Room, Main Floor
1430 DeKalb Pike, Norristown, PA 19404
Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 11 a.m. & 5 p.m.
SEPTA Board Room
1234 Market Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Friday, April 19, 2013, 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.
West Chester Borough Hall
401 E. Gay Street,
West Chester, PA 19380
Tuesday, April 22, 2013, 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Bucks County Free Library
Pearl Buck Room
150 S. Pine Street,
Doylestown, PA 18901
I’m not sure yet which of these meetings I personally will be able to attend, but I’m definitely planning on attending at least one. I hope I’ll see some of you there. There will only be this one opportunity to make our voices heard, in a venue where SEPTA will be listening.