SEPTA is a regional public transportation authority serving Philadelphia and its surrounding counties, operating a variety of transit vehicles including buses, subways, trolleys, and regional rail trains.Last Updated: 5 days
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SEPTA is a major transit provider for Philadelphia and four surrounding counties - Delaware, Montgomery, Bucks, and Chester. It operates as a state-created authority with a board appointed by the Pennsylvania counties it serves. SEPTA is notable for being the sixth-largest U.S. rapid transit system by ridership and the fifth-largest overall transit system in the country, with approximately 302 million annual unlinked trips as of 2018. It manages 290 active stations, over 450 miles of track, 2,350 revenue vehicles, and 196 routes. SEPTA is unique in the U.S. for operating all five major types of terrestrial transit vehicles: regional commuter rail trains, rapid transit subway and elevated trains, light rail trolleys, trolleybuses, and motorbuses.
SEPTA was established by the Pennsylvania legislature on August 17, 1963, and commenced operations on February 18, 1964, to coordinate government funding for various transit and railroad companies in southeastern Pennsylvania. It absorbed two predecessor agencies in 1965: the Passenger Service Improvement Corporation (PSIC) and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Compact (SEPACT). SEPTA faced challenges such as management issues, employee morale, and funding, but expanded over time by acquiring various transportation companies and lines, including the Philadelphia Transportation Company (PTC) in 1968 and the Philadelphia Suburban Transportation Company in 1970. SEPTA took over the direct operation of the region's commuter rail lines in 1983, which marked a challenging period of service disruptions. Despite these challenges, SEPTA has continued to grow and adapt, playing a crucial role in regional transportation.