I had another chance to ride SEPTA today and I must say that my riding experience is much better than what I experience with the MTA.
1. The Convenience Pass: MTA used to have a day pass and they did away with it. This is great for the occasional rider such as myself who needs multiple rides on one particular day, but is not likely to return for a while. I was able to go to several destinations for one low fixed price. I don't have to worry about carrying a balance on a Metrocard and having to find that Metrocard a year later when I need to use it again... There is no balance left on the Convenience Pass so I don't feel "ripped off" like I do by the MTA.
By the way I took more than two rides - you swipe to get on the subway so it was not punched... I used it 6 times - not bad for $7
2. SEPTA Buses - ok so this is not buschat but I might as well combine my gripes I rode route 48 several times today and caught the articulated buses. The rear door is opened automatically by the driver. My hands were full carrying camera gear in both arms for photo shoots so I did not have to struggle with pushing handles or even worse trying to push open those heavy rear doors on the MTA buses. Why can't MTA have buses that have rear doors that are opened by the driver so that people with packages can use them?
3. Market-Frankfort cars: TRANSVERSE SEATING instead of that horrid longitudinal seating that makes you feel like you are riding a CATTLE CAR! Even worse I understand that the MTA intends to standardize on the R-160 design and eventually eliminate all 75 foot cars that still have transverse seating. Passenger comfort is clearly NOT on the MTA agenda! We are just a herd of cattle to them.
4. SEATING CAPACITY. Again this goes to the agency that cares about passenger comfort. SEPTA's cars are 5 feet shorter but provide 7 MORE SEATS per car than the MTA (49 seats for the SEPTA M-4 vs 42 seats for the R-160). Don't give me the crap about ADA compliance - both cars are compliant yet SEPTA again shows concern for comfort while the MTA does NOT