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SEPTA Funding Cuts Could Affect Thousands of Passengers

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SEPTA riders may need to start looking for other ways to get to their destination. SEPTA routes may shut down, if lawmakers refuse to give billions in transportation funding.

To many frequent riders of the SEPTA this could cause a large issue, leaving many with no means of transportation for their daily commute.

A loyal passenger of SEPTA transportation, Robert Morgan, travels from SEPTA'S R3 Media/Elwyn Line to and from Delaware County twice a day, five days a week.

"It's very important, it's my only link to Center City," Morgan said.

Along with Morgan, many other passengers were concerned with the potential shutdown. Not only his route, but eight other Regional Rails could be cut if SEPTA is not able to receive money.

So how much money does SEPTA actually need? $6 billion just to allow the current system to stay safe and for systems to be up to date.

SEPTA'S Jeff Knueppell was in Harrisburg this morning fighting for funding to avoid SEPTA's crash.

"As we cannot keep up with conditions it means things will closed, and that's the last thing I want to do at a time when we've been building up to record ridership in recent years," Knuepell said.

If those numbers weren't bad, 9 of 13 Regional Rail Lines will also shut down without money for the aging infrastructure.

Some trolley lines would be completely cut, while others would turn to future bus routes.

Rachel Hurley, a SEPTA passenger, is not looking forward to the money that might be spent for parking.

"It's a lot easier to take a train everyday than pay 22 dollars for a parking garage every day," Hurley said.

State Lawmakers will come to a vote on a Transportation Funding Bill in the next three weeks, one that could also include an increase on the gas tax.

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