Increase Ridership Improve Operating Expense Performance Institutionalize Environmental Management Practices Financial Value of Sustainability

Goal 10: Increase Ridership

Increase Passenger Trips Per Capita by 6% by 2020

Moving people is SEPTA's core business. Moving more of them will make both SEPTA and the region more sustainable, whether it be thru transit-oriented development that reduces per capita GHG emissions or new service initiatives that improve system productivity.

SEPTA's goal to increase passenger trips per capita by 6% by 2020 will be accomplished through a multi-pronged approach; service expansions, enhanced service, innovative partnerships and a proactive approach to improving the customer experience.

Average number of annual SEPTA rides for each resident of Southeast Pennsylvania

Goal 11: Improve Operating Expense Performance

Outperform Industry Annualized Growth Rate

Operating expense per trip is used as a measure of SEPTA's cost-effectiveness. One way to gauge the economic efficiency of operations is to compare the cost of SEPTA's operations to the transportation industry. SEPTA has traditionally spent less money to operate services for unlinked passenger trip than other transportation authorities in the United States, and SEPTA is committed to continuously outperform the industry in the future. It is important to keep operating expenses low to ensure that SEPTA is economically viable as a business and that it will continue to be able to provide affordable transit service to the region.

Operating Expenses Outperform Growth Rate

Goal 12:

Institutionalize Environmental Management Practices

1. Achieve ISO 14001 Certification at 2 SEPTA Facilities

2. Institute and Complete an Environmental Management Checklist for Capital Projects by 2020

SEPTA realizes financial savings when sustainable best practices are integrated into renovations of existing facilities, construction of new facilities and operations at existing facilities. An environmental management standard like ISO 14001 provides SEPTA with a framework to improve the environmental performance of operations at SEPTA bus and rail shops.

Establishing an environmental management checklist for the renovation of existing facilities and the construction of new facilities will result in financial savings for SEPTA in the form of reduced energy and water bills at the locations, reduced disposal costs and improved integration into the existing community. By prescribing to environmental management practices, SEPTA increases its environmental and economic sustainability ensuring that in the future it will continue to be able to provide service to the region. Examples of environmental management checklist focus areas include:

  • Resource Allocation
  • Climate & Risk
  • Enhance Public Health and Safety

Goal 13: Financial Value of Sustainability

Grow Positive Financial Impacts of Sustainability Initiatives

One of SEPTA's guiding principles is to operate as a successful business. SEPTA understands that in order to continue to do so, it is important to track and replicate financially sound investments and programs.

By tracking the positive financial impacts of sustainability initiatives at SEPTA, the Authority knows which investments and programs provide the greatest financial yield. Having this information allows SEPTA to make financially informed decisions on whether to continue or expand programs helping SEPTA to continue to grow its environmental and social impact while improving its economic position simultaneously.

Total Positive Financial Impact