PHILADELPHIA – SEPTA will continue to advance initiatives to renew critical infrastructure, replace aging portions of its fleet and expand capacity for growing ridership under its proposed Fiscal Year 2017 Capital Budget and 12-Year Capital Program.
The capital budget funds projects such as bridge and track replacement, reconstruction of stations and other facilities, and the purchase of new vehicles. Following public hearings, the Capital Budget plan will go to the SEPTA Board for approval.
The $548.63 million FY 2017 proposal advances SEPTA’s “Rebuilding for the Future” initiative. The Authority embarked on this plan following the November 2013 passage of Act 89, which provides capital funds for transportation improvements throughout Pennsylvania.
In the coming year, SEPTA will move ahead with projects such as its bridge program, including the Crum Creek Viaduct replacement – an initiative to renew a critical span along the Media/Elwyn Line that dates back to the late 1800s. Other major initiatives include:
- Communications, Signal Systems and Technology Improvements
- Safety and Security Improvements
- SEPTA Key – fare modernization project
- Stations, Loops and Parking Improvements
- Substations and Power Improvements
- Track and Right-of-Way Improvements
- Vehicle Acquisitions and Overhauls
The full budget proposal, including program and project details, can be viewed or downloaded on SEPTA’s website at http://septa.org/strategic-plan/reports/2017-capital-budget-proposal.pdf.
SEPTA riders and other local residents are invited to ask questions and submit comments about the Capital Budget during public hearings on Monday, May 2. Sessions will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Board Room at SEPTA Headquarters, 1234 Market Street, Philadelphia. An independent hearing examiner will review testimony and submit a recommendation prior to the SEPTA Board’s