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A quick question, given how hot it's been recently in parts of Canada and the US....

Water fountains? Any of your stations or stops have them?

Many stations that are
a) by a beach or park
b) major interchange station, or terminus, or
c) near a school, community center, hospital, or senior center....
tend to have water fountains as a matter of course, usually minimum of one installed outside the fare-paid zone, and one inside. Different operators have different ideas about this, much like they do with what type of ticket gate to use.

Almost every Aveolela station has one also (but Candice Circle only got theirs), usually next to the vending machine for tickets.

And what kind of cooling is used?

In Nu'u-Sara, most newer buses and streetcars, and virtually all trains, have air conditioning. The older second-hand buses, it's a mixed grab-bag.

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All buses built from 2013 onwards have air conditioning. Used buses are a mixed bag. Older buses are not fitted with A/C.

Most subway stations have A/C installed on the mezzanine level only. Stations with platform screen doors have newer A/C units installed on the platform [All A, B, E, and 3 lines]. Ground level and elevated stations have A/C install in station buildings. Bus hubs have A/C installed in the shelters.

Almost all subway trains are fitted with A/C. Starting in 1987, A/C became standard. The only trains not fitted with A/C are the F84E fleet, which are due for replacement.

SMRT does have water fountains at all subway stations.

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All TransMetro buses have air conditioning, excluding select MiniRide buses, have air conditioning. The reason for the exclusion of many MiniRide buses is that there is simply no room. Most of them are old, early-2000s NFI C40LFs, purchased used.

 

 

On a side note, I'll probably come back to my transit system soon.

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A/C has been a standard issue item on new Newman Transit vehicles since the mid 90s - I don't recall the exact date, but it would've been around 96/97 I think that they got their first air-conditioned Orion Vs.

Retrofitting older vehicles was a more time consuming process, especially in the case of the tram fleet. The first trams to be so equipped were the third generation Tatra T6A5s, which arrived in the city in 1997, but the first older cars weren't retrofitted until 2004, when a pair of CLRV cars was equipped with ThermoKing A/C units. In universe, these would eventually inspire the TTC to equip their own CLRV, #4041, with the same model of unit two years later. While poor old 4041 met a sticky end earlier this month, one half of Newman's pair, unit #1111, has been preserved for the city's historical collection. While there were no further CLRVs that were air-conditioned, the experiment was a success and as the Tatra T3s,T6A5s, K2s, and KT8D5s underwent overhauls in the later half of the 2000s and into the early 2010s, they were retrofitted as well. Non-CLRV cars that had been rebuilt/refurbished prior to 2004 were also retrofitted. With the exception of the CLRVs, which soldiered on until late April 2018, the last of the non A/C cars was phased out in the summer of 2014.

Newman Transit does not really have the kind of infrastructure where fountains would make sense. The few major terminals they have are either under the shade from the sun, or sometimes spartanly equipped.

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On 7/24/2019 at 9:33 PM, Ra'akone said:

A quick question, given how hot it's been recently in parts of Canada and the US....

Water fountains? Any of your stations or stops have them?

Many stations that are
a) by a beach or park
b) major interchange station, or terminus, or
c) near a school, community center, hospital, or senior center....
tend to have water fountains as a matter of course, usually minimum of one installed outside the fare-paid zone, and one inside. Different operators have different ideas about this, much like they do with what type of ticket gate to use.

Almost every Aveolela station has one also (but Candice Circle only got theirs), usually next to the vending machine for tickets.

And what kind of cooling is used?

In Nu'u-Sara, most newer buses and streetcars, and virtually all trains, have air conditioning. The older second-hand buses, it's a mixed grab-bag.

SMART transit centers typically do not have any water features. We do always have local artist do some form of artistic displays though, either murals or sculptures of some kind. The Highland Heights TC though does have a very large water feature as it is at the junction of 2 rivers and next to a lake. All buses and trains have air conditioning and have since the 70’s. Also most transit centers have areas that are air conditioned as well for passengers to wait in comfort. 

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Faster, more frequent and more reliable service comes to Bus Route 33 on August 5th

New three door articulated buses, all door boarding, transit signal priority, new bus lanes and better bus stop spacing will improve the passenger experience

For passengers on Bus Route 33 this means:

New articulated buses with 3 doors and all door boarding

With the delivery of new 3 door articulated buses (that run on biodiesel which is cleaner for the environment), we now have enough buses in service to implement all door boarding on Route 33. Passengers with a SEPTA Key card, contactless card or smart device, limited use Transit Cards and Quick Trip single ride tickets can enter through any door and tap their card on the reader at each door to pay the fare. Passengers using cash must enter through the front door and pay at the farebox. The farebox will dispense a Proof of Payment receipt. Keep this with you as it is your proof that you paid your fare. Fare enforcement officers will make spot checks on board buses. Simply display your SEPTA Key card, contactless card or smart device, limited use Transit Card, Quick Trip single ride ticket or Proof of Payment receipt to a fare enforcement officer upon request. Passengers who have not paid their fare will have to pay a higher penalty fare and may also be issued a citation.

Transit signal priority and dedicated bus lanes

Route 33 buses will move through the streets more quickly through the use of Transit Signal Priority, which holds green lights longer or shortens red lights as buses approach them and new dedicated bus lanes on Market Street, JFK Blvd, 19 Street and 20 Street, which allow buses to move more quickly through congested streets. This will cut travel times for Route 33 passengers and get them to their destinations more quickly.

The new articulated buses in operation on Route 33 are equipped with front and side facing cameras and can enforce bus lanes and issue tickets in real time. Please do not block the lanes.

Improved bus stop spacing 

The Route 33 will continue to serve Penn's Landing, Center City, Fairmount and Tioga. However some bus stops have been removed, consolidated and/or relocated to improve reliability along the route and move buses more quickly. As part of the stop consolidation, we will be installing bus countdown clocks at all Route 33 stops and adding more bus stop shelters to the busiest stops along the route.

More frequent service and improved connections to other routes

The Route 33 is an important part of SEPTA's Frequent Bus Network, which means buses will arrive every 15 minutes or less Monday though Friday from 6 AM to 9PM. 

On weekdays, Route 33 will operate every 15 minutes or less between 6 AM and 7 AM, every 7 minutes or less between 7 AM and 9:30 AM, every 10 minutes or less between 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM, every 7 minutes or less between 3:30 PM and 6:30 PM, every 12 minutes or less between 6:30 PM and 9 PM and every 20 minutes or less between 9 PM and Midnight.

On Saturdays, Route 33 will operate every 15 minutes or less between 6 AM and 9 AM, every 10 minutes or less between 9:30 AM and 6:30 PM, every 15 minutes or less between 6:30 PM and 9 PM and every 20 minutes or less between 9 PM and Midnight.

On Saturdays, Route 33 will operate every 20 minutes or less between 6 AM and 9 AM, every 12 minutes or less between 9:30 AM and 6:30 PM, every 15 minutes or less between 6:30 PM and 9 PM and every 20 minutes or less between 9 PM and Midnight.

Route 33 buses will continue to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Also effective on August 5th, most Route 33 buses will be extended from 23rd-Venango loop to Wayne Junction Regional Rail station via Hunting Park Av and Clarissa Street, which will allow Route 33 passengers to connect with Regional Rail at Wayne Junction station and Bus Routes 2, 23, 53 and 75. Some buses will continue to terminate at 23rd-Venango loop during peak periods. Please check the destination signs and listen to announcements on the bus to ensure you are on the correct bus.

All of the new articulated buses on Route 33 will announce the destination of the bus as the doors open and announce all the stops the bus makes along the route and are equipped with electronic screens inside the bus which list out the next stops.

Plan your trip on the new, improved Route 33

Use the SEPTA App

Chose "Nearby Stations & Stops" or click the bus icon and enter "33" or "route 33" 

Call 215-580-7800 or text "33" or "route 33" or a bus stop ID to 41411 (standard text message rates may apply)

Tweet us @SEPTA_SOCIAL and follow @SEPTA for alerts and other information.

 

We plan to bring similar improvements to routes 17, 18, 21, 42, 52, 54, 60 and G soon as more new buses are delivered, more bus lanes are painted and transit signal priority is installed at more intersections. 

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