Philadelphia’s daily commuters will soon find themselves digging deeper into their pockets, as SEPTA announced its plan to increase fares, starting later this year. The sixth largest transit authority in the U.S., SEPTA averages ridership of over 300,000 people per day.
Beginning July 1, prices for everything from Quick Trip and disabled fares to TransPasses and TrailPasses are expected to increase.
This is not the first fare hike customers have seen in recent years. Typically, SEPTA increases its prices every three years – as was the case in 2007, 2010, and 2013. The 2016 fare increase was pushed back to this year to avoid any conflict with the official launch of SEPTA Key.
Still, with ongoing customer dissatisfaction regarding the punctuality, accessibility, and overall quality of SEPTA, many riders are hoping that the fare hikes will ultimately lead to improvements within the foreseeable future.
Sun, crisp air, and blue skies made perfect ballot-casting conditions for voters who participated in Philadelphia’s primary elections on Tuesday. Here’s a closer look at the election results and what they mean for the near and distant future:
District Attorney Race
Civil Rights attorney, Lawrence Krasner, clinched the Democratic nomination for Philadelphia District Attorney, winning 38.19 percent of the vote, approximately 58,200 votes, against six other Democratic opponents. The race drew notable attention when former D.A. Seth Williams announced that he would not seek reelection following his March 2017 indictment on 23 federal fraud and bribery charges. Krasner will face Republican candidate, Beth Grossman, who previously worked as an assistant district attorney and ran unopposed, in the general election on November 7, 2017.
City Controller Race
The Democratic race for Philadelphia City Controller was won by Rebecca Rhynhart. In surprise victory, she bested outgoing City Controller, Alan Butkovitz, by garnering 58 percent of the vote against his 40.68 percent. Prior to resigning in order to focus on her campaign, Rhynhart served as the Chief Administrative Officer under Mayor Jim Kenney. Republican Michael Tomlinson, who ran unopposed, won his primary with 99 percent of the vote. Tomlinson previously ran as a Republican candidate for District 173 of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Municipal Court Race
Due to the two vacancies in the Philadelphia Municipal Court, Democrats Marissa Brumbach and Matt Wolf both scored nominations to become Philadelphia Municipal Court Judges. Brumbach is an attorney who has run her own practice for more than 20 years and previously ran for the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas in 2015. Opponent, Matt Wolf, has 24 years of experience as an attorney, most of which was spent as a trial attorney.
The general election will take place on November 7, 2017. The last day to register for the election is October 10. For more information on voter registration, visit www.pavoterservices.pa.gov.
Hill, who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, attended Temple University as an undergraduate student.
From 2005 to 2009, Hill served a professor of Urban Education and American Studies at Temple University before taking a position as an associate professor at Columbia University, Since 2014, Dr. Hill has taught Africana Studies to students at Morehouse College in Atlanta.
Marc Lamont Hill has authored four bestselling books. In 2014, Ebony Magazine named him one of their ‘Power 100’ list. Hill has frequently appeared as a guest on Fox News, CNN, as well as MSNBC and HuffPost.
In the announcement, Klein College Dean David Boardman called Hill, “perfect for this role.” He continued, calling him, “A superb teacher, an outstanding researcher, and a high-profile, highly respected journalist and public intellectual.”
Temple Update reporter, Stetson Miller, joined us live from Washington D.C. this morning to discuss the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency.
During an interview with Stetson, Congressman Dwight Evans, a representative of Philadelphia’s second district, was critical of Trump, calling him “A person who just doesn’t have a clue about where he wants to go.”
Stetson also spoke with Pennsylvania Senator, Bob Casey, who called Trump’s victory against Hillary Clinton, “[a] self-inflicted” problem for the Democratic Party.
However, Junior Pennsylvania Senator, Pat Toomey, had a different perspective on Trump’s first few months in office. In a statement to Temple Update, he said, “Generally … I’m optimistic there’s a lot of good things we can accomplish.”
Temple University president, Richard Englert spoke highly of Mandel in a press release, saying “with Greg at the helm, the law school is poised to build on the momentum established by decades of faculty excellence and the visionary guidance of its former dean, Provost JoAnne Epps.”
Mandel has served as the school’s interim dean since July of 2016, replacing Epps who began her position as provost during the fall semester. Prior to being hired at Temple, in 2007, Mandel served as the associate dean for research and scholarship at Albany Law School.
“I look forward to working with President Englert and Provost Epps,” Mandel said. “I am honored to be a part of advancing both Temple Law’s commitment to being at the forefront of how law schools can contribute to society.”
Mandel is set to begin his tenure as dean on May 1, 2017.