Run the Market-Frankford El and Broad Street Line Subway 24/7
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Run the Market-Frankford El and Broad Street Line Subway 24/7

    1. Conrad Benner
    2. Petition by

      Conrad Benner

      Philadelphia, PA

Reliable public transportation – day or night – is one of the foundations of a flourishing, prosperous city. But as of today, Philadelphia shuts its doors at midnight. No, not its restaurants, or bars, both of which play a huge new role in its economic development. No, not even its new casino, which is open round the clock. But its two major public transportation lifelines close at midnight, seemingly unaware of the still buzzing city around it.

The closing of the Market-Frankford El and Broad Street Line Subway at midnight leaves Philadelphians with a few unnecessarily inconvenient, if not costly and potentially unsafe, options for getting around the city at night traveling to and from work, to a restaurant or bar across town, or to visit a friend's house in a different neighborhood. Those options are to take a cab (if you can find/afford one,) drive and take up an increasingly invaluable parking space, or wait for the wholly deficient "Night Owl" buses, which are simply not an option for people concerned about safety, who can afford any other option.

What reasons are there against running the Market-Frankford El and Broad Street Line Subway 24/7? That's when they do maintenance? Yes, but if other cities can manage to run their subway/el systems 24/7, including PATCO, and still perform necessary maintenance, then I suspect SEPTA can as well. Noise from the Market-Frankford El? Yes, but (as someone who lives a few blocks from the El,) I can tell you that trains run all night as it is. Why? Well, I don't know. I suppose for maintenance reasons. So yes, while there may be a few more trains overnight, it would be well worth any extra noise for the connivence and safety of taking the train. 

It's time SEPTA and the City realize the benefits of keeping the Market-Frankford El and Broad Street Line Subway running 24/7. And hopefully this petition will show them that this is an important issue. It should not be easier to get to Lindenwold, New Jersey after a few drinks out with friends or co-workers, than it is to get to South Philly, Kensington, West Philly, the Lower Northeast, University City, Center City, or North Philly. It's time SEPTA went 24/7.

Sign this petition and share with your friends and loved ones! #SEPTA247

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Run the Market-Frankford El and Broad Street Line Subway 24/7

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    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. #SEPTA247 T-Shirt!

      Conrad Benner
      Petition Organizer
      SEPTA 24/7 ★ & ♥ | Print Liberation

      SEPTA 24/7, a T-Shirt in collaboration with Conrad Benner (from StreetsDept.com) in support of his recent petition to return late-night service to Philadelphia'

    3. Reached 2,000 signatures
    4. #SEPTA247 on WHYY...

      Conrad Benner
      Petition Organizer
      SEPTA considers restoring late-night subway service

      SEPTA is considering resuming late-night service on the Market-Frankford and Broad Street subway lines. Officials with the transit agency says they are exploring whether Philadelphia's increasingly robust night life could support extending service that now ends at midnight.

    5. My Latest Thoughts On The Progress of #SEPTA247...

      Conrad Benner
      Petition Organizer
      SEPTA: Give Philadelphia Back Our 24-Hour Subway Service

      This guest post comes to us from Conrad Benner, publisher of Streets Dept, and creator of the viral petition asking SEPTA for 24/7 subway service that scorched across the Philadelphia internet last week. Last Tuesday I started a petition asking SEPTA to run their Market-Frankford and Broad Street line trains 24/7.

    6. Yet Another Reason To Support #SEPTA247...

      Conrad Benner
      Petition Organizer
      SEPTA's Decision on Late-Night Subways Could Sharply Reduce the Number of Drunk Drivers on Philadelphia Streets

      In response to an online petition launched last week, which calls on SEPTA to run round-the-clock subway service, top brass at the public transit concern are reportedly crunching numbers to see if the idea is actually financially feasible. According to Newsworks, SEPTA officials are expected to make their decision known in March when they submit their annual budget proposal.

    7. Reached 1,500 signatures
    8. A Move in the Right Direction!

      Conrad Benner
      Petition Organizer
      SEPTA weighing return of after midnight subway service

      Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2014, 1:30 PM SEPTA may restore late-night service on the weekends to the Broad Street Subway and Market-Frankford lines, agency officials said Thursday. Because of increasing night-life and residential activity in Center City, SEPTA may continue service after midnight, when subways now are replaced by "night owl" buses, general manager Joseph Casey said.

    9. How Can We Make #SEPTA247?

      Conrad Benner
      Petition Organizer

      How can we make #SEPTA247? Change the board!

      Check out this recent report on SEPTA from Philly.com: "What makes things worse is that SEPTA's board is dominated by suburban representatives, who hold all but two seats, even though about 80 percent of riders are city residents. Regional rail, which is geared toward the suburbs, receives more than twice the public subsidy that SEPTA's City Transit Division does - $3.76 per passenger, vs. $1.78. It's a gross inequity."

      Full article here: http://articles.philly.com/2014-02-15/entertainment/47339484_1_septa-broad-street-subway-bus-riders

    10. Petition Write-Up in Philadelphia Magazine

      Conrad Benner
      Petition Organizer
      Interview: Can SEPTA Provide 24/7 Subway Service?

      Conrad Benner is probably best known to the Philadelphia public as the man behind Streets Dept, a funky photo blog that chronicles the city in all its found-art and destruction-porn glory. Lately, the 28-year-old native has taken on a new role: Activist.

    11. Reached 1,000 signatures
    12. #SEPTA247

      Conrad Benner
      Petition Organizer

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      Twitter / Search - SEPTA247

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    13. Reached 750 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Alex Zorach JENKINTOWN, PA
      • about 1 month ago

      I lived in Philly for 3 years, riding both subway lines, MFL more than BSL. On occasion I wanted to ride them at night, but the prospect of having to ride the owl bus was a major deterrent. Often, because of this, if I stayed out late, I choose to drive the car instead of take SEPTA. When I was out without my car, it was stressful and annoying to have to worry about the last train back. I think this would be a great way of reducing car usage and also giving more practical options for people who rely on SEPTA. I think it would make SEPTA more user-friendly for people riding it late at night too...no worrying / thinking about when the last train back was.

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    • Michael Peltier PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • 2 months ago

      Major citys need full time service

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    • Patrick ONeill PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • 3 months ago

      I depend on septa for all my transportation needs

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    • Wil Skelton BISCAYNE PARK, FL
      • 3 months ago

      Consistent, affordable, and flexible travel options make it possible to work and pursue further education.

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    • Seth Blumenthal CHICAGO, IL
      • 3 months ago

      24/7 service sends the message that the subway, like our roads, is a critical piece of transportation infrastructure that can always be depended on to get me where I'm going.

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