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Offline FrankDialogue

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'Ridin' in Style: Philly Style!'
« on: April 06, 2011, 09:31:50 AM »
Ridin' in Style: Philly Style!!!'

Riding on SEPTA, Philadelphia's public transit company is always an experience...The infrastructure, as far as different subway, trolley, rail and bus lines, is very good, but management is generally abysmal...SEPTA is run by a 'committee' of political appointees, only one of whom has any experience in actually running a large metro transit operation...So, right from jump, we have a problem...The transit Workers Union is more like a gang, with average IQ of around 90, and they constantly screw up day to day operations...If you are only late to work once a week, you're lucky...Since I'm my own boss, I have some leeway...But, mediocrity reigns with these guys...Anyhow, here are some day-to-day videos of our SEPTA which I pulled from YouTube.



SEPTA zombie bureaucrats announcing 'metro alerts' FYI, when there are delays or disruptions...They don't work and their website is screwed up most of the time...Tax dollars at work.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/rndXqyHV9LE?fs" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/rndXqyHV9LE?fs</a>

15th Street Green Line/Light Rail Station: I ride these trolleys every day, but I get on the stop before, so I can get a seat...This looks like an off peak time...You can't really get the feel unless you're there, with the rats running on the tracks, and human rats in the station...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/yyPCsaaddEo?fs" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/yyPCsaaddEo?fs</a>


Rt. #34 Trolley entering the 'portal' at 40th Street, near University of PA: this where the 'subway-surface' line comes up for air entering University City, West Philly & SW Philly...Turn off video after trolley goes into tunnel as you can't see anything...


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/2gv9-QoX-aY?fs" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/2gv9-QoX-aY?fs</a>

Here is a ride as viewed from inside trolley: Note: the trolley is relatively empty...My route, #36, is packed with wall-to-wall Shegs day and night, and you haven't experienced life until you are on a rolling sardine can filled with them and their offspring!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/qsOXwsFmkfM?fs" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/qsOXwsFmkfM?fs</a>

'Ridin' in style' on the Market-Frankford 'Blue Line'...Good vid, you can hear the recorded announcements on train...You are riding through the Kensington neighborhood...Last stop in video is Somerset Street: 'Heroin Central'...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/nKFds4FmjuM?fs" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/nKFds4FmjuM?fs</a>

Side trip:Allegheny Avenue: the street I work on...At 1:56 of the video the car passes Jasper Street: On the right you will see a green store front...That is where I am at now, as I type this...It is a small insurance office...The cars passes under the "Blue Line' at the Kensington & Allegheny' station...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/Hdcnc9y7YRI?fs=" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/Hdcnc9y7YRI?fs=</a>

Side trip, human interest story: Niggaz 'frontin' at Kensington High School: My mother went here some 60 years ago, but, shall we say, it was a little different then...Now, it's more 'diverse'...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/ov-WmpgSb9I?fs" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/ov-WmpgSb9I?fs</a>

Be sure to sample the other videos underneath the main one...

More to come... :)  :)  :)  ;D  ;D  ;D
« Last Edit: April 06, 2011, 10:11:58 AM by FrankDialogue »

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Re: 'Ridin' in Style: Philly Style!'
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2011, 11:20:54 AM »
Nice job Frank!

If I ever get the time, I will post about Germany's highly efficient system. It is actually a pleasure using their transportation system.

Germans do love their cars, but the traffic is horrific, however, technically one can get along perfectly without one. And everything, in spite of so many people, is punctual! 
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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2011, 07:35:46 AM »
Nice job Frank!

If I ever get the time, I will post about Germany's highly efficient system. It is actually a pleasure using their transportation system.

Germans do love their cars, but the traffic is horrific, however, technically one can get along perfectly without one. And everything, in spite of so many people, is punctual!

European metro systems in general are high quality and well run...I've never been to Germany, but I am sure they do a good job, as the Germans do things right.

I lived in London, and the 'tube' was excellent, and covers the whole dams city and suburbs, which is a lot of track!

The US, although we have good metro systems, is way behind Europe, as the Europeans understand the need for good public trans in their cities: They are not as 'car crazy' as the US.

I tried to give a little 'prole's eye view' of our public trans here, as I commute every day, plus owning a car in Philadelphia has become ridiculous,as the police, Dept. of Motor vehicles and Phila. Parking Authority are mainly tax collectors, gouging the people for money everywhere you turn with tickets, fines etc...Lot of car thieves here, too.

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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2011, 11:46:58 PM »

  I did one year at North Catholic High School, I used to take the 58 Bus to Bridge and Pratt and then take the L. I am well acquainted with the shortcomings of Philly public transit. I kind of guessed that one of the contributors of judicial-inc.biz was probably from the Philadelphia area after you posted your analysis of the Huntingdon Valley swim club controversy.

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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2011, 11:53:01 PM »
 Its a shame that North Catholic and Cardinal Dougherty closed. Governor Corbett wants to institute a school voucher program, if such a system was in place 10 years ago these inner city Catholic schools would still be up and running.

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« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2011, 02:05:59 PM »
Philadelphia is no longer interested in traditional Catholic schools.

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« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2011, 05:01:18 PM »
Revelation 3:14 "To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation.

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« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2011, 08:10:48 PM »
Ridin' in Style: Philly Style!!!'

Riding on SEPTA, Philadelphia's public transit company is always an experience...The infrastructure, as far as different subway, trolley, rail and bus lines, is very good, but management is generally abysmal...

I missed this post before:  once I took Amtrak to Philly to see the June bike race, it was years ago before major transit systems had web pages.  So I figured I could just ask passers-by where the train stations were...I asked a couple of people but they had no idea where the SEPTA train station was.  Turns out it was only 2 blocks away, I found it by accident.  Waited a while for a south-bound train at Manayunk.  The north-bound train rolled in & the conductor was standing outside on the car--he shouted out, "Hey maw, what's for dinner?!" LOL, classic Philly.  But apparently the south-bound train wasn't due for another hour so I walked the 7 miles back downtown.

DC public transit is similarly awful; it doesn't run 24 hr despite many folks that have to work all hours;  they arrest folks for munching on potato chips but let schwartzes harass folks.  Train station signs are small & shvoogie conductor/announcers are unintelligible.  Escalators & elevators are frequently disabled so handicapped are screwed.  Bus routes meander endlessly & are bogged down in traffic. 

Berlin transit OTOH was superb, with maps & instructions that were pretty clear even though I don't speak German.  They even let folks drink beer on the trolleys, heh.  I forgot a little rucksack on the Berlin bus from the airport & the driver dutifully turned it into the lost 'n found.  I wasn't in town long enough to claim it but they checked out my "handy" (cellphone in German) & sent me a letter a month later in America.