With gas prices reaching above four dollars per gallon in some areas, President Obama is committed to providing transit opportunities that help people avoid pain at the pump. And yesterday, Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff traveled to Philadelphia to award the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) $4 million to transform the dilapidated Wayne Junction transit station into a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient, accessible facility for area commuters.
While gas prices are reason enough to leave the car at home these days, Administrator Rogoff noted, "To attract new riders, transit also needs to be clean, safe, reliable, and desirable."
And when your local commuter rail station features a partially collapsed roof, peeling paint, crumbling stairs, and boarded-up windows, how likely are you to ride transit to work? Unfortunately, that's what commuters using Philadelphia's Wayne Junction station have been facing every day.