Don't be fooled by SEPTA's foolish plans in Jenkintown
12/26/2013 - Following SEPTA's fill-up on funding from Harrisburg, SEPTA brass indicated that the plans to build a gargantuan parking terminal in Jenkintown was
off the table. A read of their long-range capital budget reveals otherwise. Montgomery County has also left the garage in its long range plan, as has the DVRPC (who continues
to attack PA-TEC).
Read the new commentary on SEPTA's parking dreams
Oil Will Be Gone in 50 Years: HSBC
03/23/2011 - CNBC, a major news outlet reported today that HSBC has calculated that at current consumption rates, the world
will have depleted the remainder of global oil supplies in less than 50 years. This assumes no growth in consumption.
The threat of reduced availability of oil will have a far reaching impact on everyday life. Aside from higher prices at the gas pump, economic growth will become a thing of the past because all economies are driven by oil.
Knowing what the future holds, its time to focus transportation dollars on growing the system through more service and more places served. Bicycle accommodations need to be at every station. Biking will one day be the preferred way to reach transit.
Read the Article from CNBC
Jenkintown and Glenside Parking Garages part of SEPTA FY 2012 Budget
03/21/2011 - According to SEPTA's website,
SEPTA is now sneaking in funding to advance the
Jenkintown-Wyncote parking complex and station replacement project.
SEPTA chief planner Byron Comati and Montgomery County planner Leo Bagley (pictured at right at a cocktail party) continue to pursue both the Jenkintown and Glenside garage projects, which will alter the fabric of the local neighborhoods and provide marginal benefit to the region.
An independent study of parking demand and the appropriateness of both proposed facilities at Jenkintown and Glenside has demonstrated that the parking component of this project is not warranted.
Additionally, this project is not supported by the residents of the community.
Cheltenham Township turns over Township's fate to County planners
02/11/2011 - On February 9, 2011, the Cheltenham Township board of Commissioners
voted to turn over control of the township's sustainability plan to Leo Bagley and the Montgomery County Planning Commission, which is pro-parking garage
for several SEPTA stations in the county. The county already has (2) garages in Norristown: the courthouse garage, and
the underutilized SEPTA Norristown Transportation Center parking garage.
Despite being taxpayer funded, the DVRPC remains resistant to listening to the citizens of Jenkintown who do not want their quality of life degraded with added traffic and pollution from a parking garage.
DVRPC Board rejects request for study of transit needs in Northern Suburbs12/8/2010 - DVRPC's board has decided not to take on the regional transit needs analysis study as part of the 2012 Work Study program at DVRPC.
Instead, DVRPC has decided to adopt the "Unused Rail ROW Assessment and Preservation" study. The purpose of the study will be to determine ways to use dormant rail lines, such as Fox Chase-Newtown, for purposes other than mass transportation. In the long range plan, the study will consider that "future transportation needs may not necessarily be accommodated by commuter rail or light rail, but perhaps by bus, bus rapid transit, or other modes – thus, potentially important rights-of-way do not have to be contiguous or connect with parts of the currently active rail network".
In short, the study may advocate for the breakup of dormant corridors, and consider buses as an option for long term use of such corridors.
Read the study definitions
E-mail your comments on this study and the entire 2012 DVRPC Work Study Program here
Dr. Joseph Hacker at DVRPC is the lead planner for this project.