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Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Serving Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties

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Where Were You When SEPTA Took Control of P.T.C.?

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Where were you on Monday, September 30, 1968? If you took transit, it was the first day that you could ride a SEPTA bus, train or trolley. Although SEPTA was officially formed as a state agency in 1964 to develop and coordinate regional transportation, it did not start rolling it's own buses on the streets of Philadelphia until it took possession of the Philadelphia Transportation Company at high noon on that day.

Above is the original "Sunday Bulletin" article detailing SEPTA's takeover of P.T.C. and the planned improvements to city transit that were to come, including new uniforms and vehicle logos. It's an interesting read into the origins of the Authority which has grown to provide over more than 300 million rides annually.

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