PHILADELPHIA - A public hearing was held on Monday with SEPTA's CEO regarding the recent crime on SEPTA and lawmakers' demand for answers.
SEPTA's problems with crime and drop in ridership has not gone unnoticed. A group of state senators gathered at SEPTA's headquarters in Center City on Monday to question whether or not the crime and drug abuse that takes place on SEPTA is "destabilizing" its system. "Homelessness, drug use, mental illness and just an overall indecency for humankind are destabilizing the sustainability and future of the nation's sixth-largest mass transit system," said Pennsylvania Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr.During the hearing, senators were told of SEPTA's struggles to hire more cops.
SEPTA's Chief of Police Thomas Nestel said that out of the recent 961 applicants, only 78 showed up for the fitness test and just 12 passed the required reading exam. MORE HEADLINESSEPTA's General Manager Leslie Richards says that while the system needs more police officers, it also needs more support in regard to housing and addiction assistance. "We need new resources to hire more police officers, more special support to provide more treatment as well as housing assistance," she said.