- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The general manager of Philadelphia’s transit system is retiring just days after Pope Francis comes to town.

SEPTA’s Joseph Casey announced his decision Wednesday. His last day in charge of the nation’s sixth largest public transportation system is Sept. 30.

Casey’s been with SEPTA for 34 years - the last eight as general manager.

He’s presided over increasing ridership and expanded service, and has the agency’s commuter rail on track to meet a federal deadline for mandatory speed controls.

He’s also balanced SEPTA’s budget despite funding cuts and spikes in fuel and health care costs.

Still, Casey’s biggest challenge may be Francis’ Sept. 26-27 visit.

SEPTA is cutting commuter service to just 18 outlying stations and selling special passes to accommodate expected high ridership.

It’s also restricting subway service to select stops.


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