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SEPTA finally admits that photography is not prohibited or illegal

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

I’m not sure when the following webpage went live, but it seems it was at least during or before March 2009. But no matter, SEPTA now has a webpage that clearly states that photography was not and still is not prohibited. Furthermore, this SEPTA Photography Guidelines webpage makes clear that amateur photography is not restricted in any way in terms of needing a permit or needing to call ahead.

From the webpage:

SEPTA welcomes photographers and artists. In return, we simply request they use common sense and courtesy to others in pursuit of their pictures. [Editor: I really don’t see SEPTA (employees and police) “welcoming” photographers. What a load of bull.]

While photography is permitted in clearly defined public areas of the SEPTA system, it obviously cannot be permitted in any manner that would interfere with the safe movement of people or operation of vehicles.

Photography is obviously prohibited in any area of the SEPTA system that is not accessible to the general public. [Editor: This is a pretty funny thing for them to say, considering that photography has OBVIOUSLY been legal this whole time, while up to now many photographers have been harassed and told otherwise by the police and employees.]

While the law permits photography of private citizens in public places, common courtesy would have photographers request permission of people before taking their pictures, especially close-ups. [Editor: This was a nice touch, since so many people are misinformed on this topic.]

Worldwide terrorist attacks against public transportation facilities in recent years has required a tightening of security procedures at all SEPTA facilities. Security experts consider photographing and sketching public transportation facilities as possible pre-indicators of terrorist activity. [Editor: UH, which security experts? Because plenty know that openly taking photographs with a large, visible camera is likely the LAST thing a terrorist would do.]

While this unfortunate reality has not resulted in a prohibition of photography, SEPTA Transit Police and other law enforcement are under orders to question anyone taking photographs or sketching transit facilities. [Editor: Here’s where they confirm that photography never was illegal.]

But as always, remain alert and stay safe when you’re out there photographing. It’s unlikely that the SEPTA police and employees who have been mistaken this whole time about the legality of photography are going to suddenly wake up and realize their error. Many probably know they are wrong and don’t care. They feel threatened by photography so they lie and harass instead of doing their jobs.

PATCO makes plans to reopen the Franklin Square station in Philadelphia

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

John Matheussen, president of PATCO, surveys the closed Franklin Square station. 7/26/07. (Michael S. Wirtz / Inquirer). The Franklin Square station on the PATCO line in Old City is a ghost station, closed since 1979. There is talk of reopening it as part of a possible expansion of PATCO.

It’s a railfan’s dream come true! The Franklin Square subway station may be reopening! All those years of passing through it – its silence deafening – left me wondering if it would ever see passengers again. Well it just may!

The Transport Politic just made me aware of a story published last week in the Philadelphia Inquirer that discussed just what is going on with PATCO and its downtown Philadelphia subway stations. Here’s what the Inquirer article has to say about the proposed plans:

The 73-year-old subway station beneath Franklin Square, last used in 1979, will be remodeled and reopened to PATCO commuter trains, Delaware River Port Authority chairman John Estey said yesterday.

Four other subterranean PATCO stations in Philadelphia and two in Camden also will get face-lifts this year, with new flooring, lights, security cameras, and stainless-steel columns, port authority officials said yesterday. The upgrades, which require board approval next month, will cost about $9.6 million and be paid for with the agency’s controversial “economic development” money.

The port authority’s consulting engineers are examining the station to determine how much work is needed to reopen it. Chief executive John Matheussen estimated it would cost at least $5 million to $10 million to install elevators and make the station meet modern standards.

And here’s what the Inquirer article has to say about the current physical state of the Franklin Square station:

Franklin Square Station has been preserved much as it was when it closed. PATCO riders can still glimpse its shadowy platforms and green-and-white tiled walls on their way to and from New Jersey.

But the gaudy orange foyer, with its 1970s-era fare lists (35 cents to Philadelphia stations, 75 cents to Lindenwold) and multilingual instructions on “How to Go PATCO,” have long been hidden from view.

The article goes on to give a brief history of the station. It’s well worth the read.

The Transport Politic also mentions a plan to reopen the Spring Garden station on SEPTA’s Broad Ridge Spur and also extend the route of the  Spur trains into the Locust Street subway.

Here are some of my photos of the currently closed Franklin Square station:

Eastbound platform at Franklin Square station (abandoned) on PATCO as seen on 8/11/2003.

Westbound platform at Franklin Square station (abandoned) on PATCO as seen on 12/29/2008.

SEPTA Philadelphia Beer Week day pass revised again and again

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Last night is seemed this was all over and done with. A corrected version (showing the Philadelphia skyline) of the SEPTA day pass had been posted the SEPTA online store.

However, it looks like’s criticism (Feb 11) of the Philadelphia skyline photo chosen was heard and has been acted upon:

Given that this whole conversation stems from Philly Skyline’s regular skyline inspections, it would be inappropriate if I did not point out that the new graphic’s skyline photo is old enough that it does not include Comcast Center. You know Comcast Center — the place where Beer Week ceremoniously kicks off with the Opening Tap, the official Philly Beer Week Keg Hammer of Glory.

Tell you what, Septa. Since I know you’re reading this, how ’bout this. I will provide you with a recent image of the skyline — with Comcast Center, the Ritz-Carlton, 10 Rittenhouse, Murano, whatever you like — in exchange for a Beer Week pass for every day of the event. It’ll be like our own little Billy Ripken ’89 Fleer legacy. Gimme a yell — blove AT phillyskyline DOT com.

Either they took him up on his offer, or they found a better photo on their own. Here’s what appeared at the SEPTA online store a short while ago:

SEPTA Philly Beer Week 2009 pass - 3rd version

SEPTA Philly Beer Week 2009 pass - 3rd version

You can see that besides the use of what looks to be a more recent photo, the “missing comma” error was also corrected.

Then I refreshed the website a few minutes later and a slightly different pass showed up, this time named “Beer Week Sample Pass final.jpg”:

SEPTA Philly Beer Week 2009 pass - 4th version

SEPTA Philly Beer Week 2009 pass - 4th version

Will it really be the FINAL design? Stay tuned…

SEPTA Philadelphia Beer Week Day Pass screwup

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

This past Sunday I posted about the SEPTA Philadelphia Beer Week Day Pass, and how awesome it will be for railfans. Well it seems the pass had a big error, one that slipped by me and almost everyone else. Except for Brad Maule of He noticed that the background image on the pass was of the New York City skyline, and not the Philadelphia skyline.

Hilarity ensued.

A spokesperson for Beer Week went as far as to try to convince a Metro reporter yesterday that the image was of Philadelphia and that it featured City Hall.

“Until we talk to the graphic artist, I’m not going to be able to tell for sure,” said Jerri Williams. “I don’t really recognize [anything] in the background.”


Read all about it on Brad’s website from the link above. (He doesn’t have permalinks to individual posts so you’ll just have to scroll down until you find it.)

Here’s the incorrect pass:

SEPTA Philly Beer Week 2009 pass

SEPTA Philly Beer Week 2009 pass

And here’s the corrected pass:

**corrected** SEPTA Philly Beer Week 2009 day pass

**corrected** SEPTA Philly Beer Week 2009 day pass

But the fun doesn’t have to end there. In an article on the subject by MSNBC, while referring to the incorrect pass, a claim is made that “You can clearly see the Empire State Building in the background.” Really, now. Because I clearly don’t see the Empire State Building anywhere in that photo. In fact, the photo is of lower Manhattan, not midtown. Way to go, MSNBC…

In case MSNBC edits the article, here’s a screen shot:



Wow again.


Yes, girls in pajamas at Penn Station until 7:00 PM today

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

As promised by NJ TRANSIT and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, there *were* girls in pajamas!


And guys in pajamas.


They were handing out candy and brochures promoting the Philly Overnight® Hotel Package.


I could really feel the love from the “PJ Love Patrol”. And here are the photos to prove it.

The grab and go…

Girls in pajamas at Penn Station at 3:00 PM

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

That’s my guess based on the available info. See below:

NJ TRANSIT and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation are partnering to promote the ease of traveling between Philadelphia and New York—via NJ TRANSIT and SEPTA.

NJ TRANSIT and SEPTA recently introduced joint-ticketing options that enable customers to purchase NJ TRANSIT and SEPTA tickets in a single transaction.

To highlight the joint ticket, today, February 10, a pajama-clad street team known as the “PJ Love Patrol” will be on hand in New York Penn Station from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. as part of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation’s (GPTMC) promotion of the Philly Overnight® Hotel Package.

Photos to be posted later…?