“The Weight of Tradition”: A history of SEPTA’s formation


Everyone is down on SEPTA but no one has ever considered the difficulty of melding various independent private transit systems into a cohesive whole.  From a “long view” of SEPTA one can truly say they are “Serious About Change.”

This is precisely what I argue in this paper: a history of SEPTA’s bureaucratic formation from roughly 1958 to 1983.   I urge transit buffs, Philadelphia historians, ex-PRR, RDG, and SEPTA officials to comment.