"R" You Kidding?
More dumbing-down the dumbest transit system in the US?
SEPTA moving to drop rail-line initials
By Paul Nussbaum
Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA won't get rid of the lines, just the R's.
The transit agency is making plans to replace the R designations with the ultimate destination names. So, the R8/Chestnut Hill West would become simply the Chestnut Hill West line, and the R8/Fox Chase would become just the Fox Chase line.
SEPTA says visitors and infrequent riders sometimes get on the wrong trains, confused by different lines with the same R designations.
If SEPTA follows through with the proposed name changes, they likely would be made in late July. Harry Garforth, SEPTA's manager of rail planning, described the changes at a meeting last week of the SEPTA Citizen Advisory Committee's Regional Rail subcommittee.
SEPTA spokesman Richard Maloney said no final decision had been made to remove the R designators.
"It's something we're leaning toward, but it's still under active discussion," he said.