Bad planning is the hallmark of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), who is the broker of your tax dollars for funding transportation projects in the Philadelphia region. Since they shut down public access to discussing and influencing the dispensation of these funds (after all, why shouldn't taxpayers influnce how their money is spent over elitist planners at DVRPC), the agency has hijacked SEPTA's rail system and has pushed the conversion of SEPTA's abandoned railroads into hiking trails for suburbanites.
The insanity of this strategy has effectively taken a high grade piece of transportation infrastructure and converted it to low grade use. Presidential candidate
Donald J. Trump supports use of public funds to move the economy. You can bet the bank that concepts such as DVRPC's "Circuit" will short-circuit once Mr. Trump
is elected president. PA-TEC will lobby the Trump Administraiton to suspend funding for all rails-to-trails projects and heavy investment in commuter rail expansion
projects throughout Pennsylvania. Our state was once linked by rail from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and everywhere in between. Small cities such as Scranton,
Hershey, Gettysburg, York and Reading all had robust passenger rail service, until the Federal Government killed the industry with the interstate highway system.
It's time to get back on Track. On November 8, let's make America great again!
PA-TEC is the most aggressive advocate for reform and passenger rail service expansion in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
The people have spoken. After the inauguration as the 45th president of the United States, PA-TEC will contact President Donald J. Trump to outline to him the chronic problems of SEPTA which has allowed them to abandon miles of passenger rail corridors and the conditions which allowed it to happen. Part of these problems stem from government regulation, while other parts come from poor leadership at SEPTA and in Pennsylvania, a corrupt board of directors at SETPA led by crony politicians, and the lack of enforcement of SEPTA's governing charter which mandates them to operate rail corridors under their ownership.
PA-TEC will make the case for a reformed US Department of Transportation to make funding of rail corridor new starts attainable and a priority in the great state of Pennsylvania. PA-TEC will petition President Trump to prioritize the evaluation of how funding is allocated to transportation projects to end SEPTA's wasteful spending on bus shelters and non-working digital signs, and call for a mandate to first rebuild existing corridors and second build new corridors, such as the Roosevelt Boulevard subway.
The time has finally arrived where strong business oriented leadership from the White House can reform the corruption and misguided ways of broken agencies like SEPTA.
During the winter of 2014, the SEPTA board of directors quietly signed over the out-of-service Fox Chase-Newtown corridor to Montgomery County. "Their portion" of the railroad has since had the rails and ties removed in the spring of 2014 as part of the extension of the "Pennypack Trail" from the Philadelphia county line to Byberry Road. The dream of Feodor Pitcairn of killing the railroad since the 1960's has finally become reality.
While SEPTA retains legal ownership of the land, this effectively kills off any future consideration of restoring rail service to Bucks County where existing SEPTA regional rail stations are at capacity, roadways congested, and no other means of expanding effective mass transportation possible.
As previously documented by PA-TEC, SEPTA has refused to assert ownership of the trailway with the placement of signs acknowledging the corridor as railbanked. It is certain that any future aspirations for reactivation will be vehemently opposed by trail users, NIMBYs and BANANAs (build absolutely nothing anywhere near anything).
The Newtown corridor is another missed opportunity, a direct violation of SEPTA's enabling legislation, in part caused by inaction on the part of Bucks County who had the opportunity to restore RDC service in 1983, the corrupt politicians in Montgomery County, the wealthy Bryn Athyn clans, and SEPTA's own corrupt board of directors who have poorly planned investment in the region's rail system. It should also be mentioned the lack of real public support has contributed to the Newtown line's fate. Have fun.