Yesterday, Gov. Edward G. Rendell (D-Pa./Comcast SportsNet) announced that SEPTA would be recieving $1 million from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. According to a press release, details on as to how the money would be spent are, in typical SEPTA fashion, vague. The Governor's office was gracious enough to interrupt their daily cheesesteak brake to provide some details:
The Governor also provided details for the disbursement of the Commonwealth's portion of the SHSGP [State Homeland Security Grant Program - ed.], LETPP [Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program - ed.] and UASI [Urban Area Security Initiative - ed.]funds. Highlights include:
- $1 million to Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) for acquisition of bomb detection dogs, facility security equipment and surveillance systems. These funds are in addition to the $3.1 million previously awarded to SEPTA under the UASI for both heavy and light rail.
Okay, fair enough. Now, if only SEPTA could get around to fixing some of those call boxes on the El, then we'd all be happy. The boxes at Girard still appear to be broken, but if I have time to confirm the status of these boxes, I will.