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View Poll Results: Should Philly look to add a third subway line?
Yes, it would be a good long-term goal 18 50.00%
Yes, get on it right away 12 33.33%
No, it's not necessary 3 8.33%
No, it's not feasible 3 8.33%
Wouldn't really matter either way 0 0%
Voters: 36. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-17-2018, 12:01 PM
Location: In the heights
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Originally Posted by southbound_295 View Post
If you think that Trenton pays attention to South Jersey for anything other than to transfer tax money to North Jersey, you are mistaken.

Trenton nixed the other 2 proposed lines in the 70s. Before PATCO, I rode Red Arrow buses to get into Philadelphia.

There were many good, valid reasons why the southern counties tried to separate & form a separate state in 1980. Since then, Trenton occasionally throws South Jersey residents a bone, to keep peace.

Crooks from both states skimmed money from the bridge toll money, to pay for PATCO subsidies & bridge maintenance, to hand out to friends. The public uproar, when this became public, resulted in specific laws dictating how those funds were to be handled.

If someone from South Jersey is headed for 30th St Station, they transfer at 8th & Market. There's no need for a 2nd, redundant, line to get there.
No, I don't think Trenton pays much attention to South Jersey nor have I said anything of the sort. I am well aware that South Jersey gets scant attention and mentioned as much in the post of mine you're quoting. That's part of why I think it might make sense to look at how PATCO operates and to try to better integrate the system with SEPTA as well as extend it on the Philadelphia side. It means that Philadelphia has more skin in the game when it comes to keeping things in a state of good repair and additional stations in Philadelphia would benefit not just Philadelphians, but people in South Jersey trying to get to other parts of Philadelphia as well as potentially bring reverse commuters into South Jersey. As there is a very strong peak direction for PATCO, this effectively takes nothing away from current PATCO commuters but add new stops further into Philadelphia and a potential new funding source/better farebox recovery ratio for the system. That larger potential rider catchment also then makes a better argument for when and if the system tries to get additional federal funding for extensions on either side of the Delaware.

I'm not calling for the second line to get to 30th Street Station--I said that it should turn northwards. Southwards might make sense as well as an alternative, but northwards seems more sensible. I don't think continuing further west to mimic the Market-Frankford Line will get much buy in because there's already a rail line going there. Doing a western extension basically just doubles up on that and is useless in terms of getting buy-in on the Philadelphia side.

Originally Posted by MarketStEl View Post
Yes, I'm aware of that, and there's some sort of new arrangement now that both systems use NFC RFID cards for fare payment and station access, isn't there?

Something similar would have to be implemented to allow fare interchangeability between SEPTA and PATCO on the new extended Locust Street stations.
Yes, the NFC payment media means that boardings can potentially be better tracked and a reasonable fare-sharing arrangement can be better made.

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Old 10-31-2018, 05:38 PM
Location: Philadelphia, Pa
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I think as time goes on, the need for a third rail will become apparent enough that it cannot be ignored.
As I just read the recent plan by CONNECT, SEPTA does want to add more light rail lines which I think would greatly help.

In terms of transit on the Northeast BLVD, this is something that would be needed especially.
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Old Today, 04:48 PM
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