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SEPTA Statement On Ruling By Philadelphia Common Pleas Court

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SEPTA Statement On Ruling By Philadelphia Common Pleas Court

August 16, 2007



PHILADELPHIA, PA — SEPTA is disappointed by the ruling of Phila. Common Pleas Court Judge Gary F. DiVito and plans to immediately appeal his ruling to Commonwealth Court.


Until further notice SEPTA fares will remain unchanged and SEPTA will continue to issue and sell paper transfers.


SEPTA still believes in the fundamental fairness of its recent fare changes.


We believe the actions subsequent to formal testimony to Common Pleas Court further support our position.


SEPTA believes Tuesday’s announcement by Governor Edward G. Rendell and State Senator Vincent Fumo that an agreement has been reached on the issue of school passes for Philadelphia students; as well as a letter from the Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration confirming compliance by SEPTA of federal Title VI regulations, negates the City’s principal arguments against our actions.


Recent state legislation providing SEPTA with long term funding requires that the Authority generate additional revenue from riders.This action will delay SEPTA’s overall efforts to meet those requirements through its recent 11% fare increase. It is unknown at this time how this ruling will affect SEPTA’s bottom line.

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