Federal money will help SEPTA communications

January 9, 2008 3:36:47 PM PST
SEPTA has gotten more than a half-million dollars to improve its communications during wide scale emergencies affecting the transit system. U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania) pushed for the $650,000 in funding as part of a federal transportation spending bill in December.

He and other members of the city's congressional delegation joined Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter today in center city in announcing the funding.

The money will help create a communications system that will allow SEPTA Police to communicate with first responders and police throughout the five counties.

"We have seen the consequences when first responders can't communicate with one another during emergencies," said Casey.

SEPTA and first responders in the five southeastern Pennsylvania counties now operate on various communications systems that don't interact.

The funding announced today is designed to remedy that. The new system will allow SEPTA to participate, either in a leading or supporting role, in all emergency response and recovery actions, after an accidental, natural or terrorist incident.

This system will also provide day-to-day communications capability between SEPTA and the City Police operations.

SEPTA transports more than one-half million customers daily and provides some 303 million passenger trips each year.