Monday, August 23, 2010

I'm so glad I have my bike!

Last month SEPTA, the organization which runs our buses, trains and trolleys had some fare hikes.  This prompted me to purchase a bike. Here are some things that need improvement with the organization:

1) The stench of urine, murder and vomit at the stations!  It is so strong, that it seems to permeate my clothing and I'm stuck smelling this crap all day long.  Also, does there have to be a fried chicken place at every friggin station?  Enough with the fried chicken!  I cannot bear the smell of fried chicken and urine on my work clothes any longer!

2) Can we please have someone patrol the subway platforms a little more frequently? The freaking crackheads and shifty men & women constantly asking for money is beyond tiresome. I carry the strongest pepper spray available, and if they lean in too close to me one more time I will hose these assholes down.

3) We need some SEPTA workers to patrol the trains and start handing out fines for the people who clearly can't read the rules. Fine them when they are gnawing down on fried chicken, spitting their sunflower seeds onto the floor, or dropping their empty bag of chips. Fine them when blasting their ghetto rap or yelling and cursing on their cell phones. If I had my way, cell phone use would be banned entirely on public systems!  Please just patrol the cars and enforce the rules. These ghetto people make the ride miserable for everyone.

Having dealt with this crap for many years, I'm finished.  I will do my best to ride SEPTA as little as possible, now that I have my bike. All these fare hikes, yet nothing about the service gets improved.  I think people want to know where there money is going...Oh wait..thats right...Fox 29 did an expose on exactly where the money goes...Over the past three years, The Board of Directors, senior SEPTA officers and their staff racked up food and beverage tabs of more than $15,000 celebrating the holidays and ringing in the New Year.
The 2007 bash cost $6,358. In 2008 it was $5,882.00. Last year’s party cost about the same. The money to pay for these parties came out of each year’s operating budget.  Board members were also treated to gifts over the past three years. Gallery bowls were given to departing board members. The commemoratives were bought with SEPTA funds at a Center City gift shop on Broad Street. Each bowl cost about $700.  In 2008, SEPTA paid more than $34,000 for decorative clocks from a Drexel Hill gift shop. The clocks were given to board members, the general manager and selected SEPTA staffers to memorialize their work on SETPA funding. $2,063 was spent on briefcases.  I think that City Councilman Curtis Jones said it best "If you chose between giving the gift and raising fares, then get rid of the gift,”.  

2 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Wear a helmet!

SUZY8-TRACK said...

Believe me, I do! The streets can be a bit dangerous at times. I've had a few near misses with cars trying to cut me off.