SEPTA hopes for dedicated funding to relieve its cyclical woes. Gov. Rendell has commissioned an, um, commission to study the best way to do that, but the report isn't due until after the 2006 election. Opposition from the legislature is expected.
For reasons that entirely escape me, SEPTA has launched a public-relations campaign that involves "ordinary folks" from their staff, talking about life in Philly ("it's gravy, not pasta sauce"). The one I saw in the el today was some conductor saying that he loved to eat. This is supposed to inspire confidence? Anyway, apparently this brilliance is being packaged for the affectionate public as a set of trading cards available with your pass or token purchases. Like some kitsch with that?