Healthy Communities and Workforce goals strive to affect a positive change in the workforce and communities throughout the region. The following goals include targets to increase participation of disadvantaged business enterprises, improve food access, invest in employee health and professional development, and provide social and economic opportunities in communities though the participation in ongoing local and regional planning efforts.
The following goals and targets are summarized from SEP-TAINABLE 2020, and will be updated in a subsequent planning effort that is currently underway.
Integrate with Livable Communities
Lead 3 Planning Studies per Year
Collaborate with 30 External Planning Efforts per Year
SEPTA-led long range planning efforts support a shared vision for livable communities by spurring economic development through improved access to jobs and services. Similarly, collaborative planning efforts with non-profit organizations, municipalities and cities improve the quality of life in the communities SEPTA serves through the development of better transportation services, streetscape design and transit-oriented development opportunities.
During FY2019, SEPTA collaborated on a total of 31 planning efforts, and led the following 3 planning studies:
- Broad Street Line Extension to the Navy Yard
- King of Prussia Rail
- Bus Frequency Project
SEPTA’s Bus Frequency Project included developing a network of two dozen bus routes that come every 15 minutes or less, 15 hours a day (6:00am to 9:00pm), 5 days per week (Monday through Friday). SEPTA released new maps showing the entire bus network by frequency with new colors, brands, and logos. SEPTA also launched new colorful bus schedules that more easily advertise consistent frequency. To learn more about SEPTA’s frequent bus network, new maps, and new schedules, visit www.septa.org/frequency.
Improve Access to Local Food Via Transit
Host Five Farmers Markets on SEPTA Property by 2020
Many Philadelphians face challenges accessing quality fresh food on a regular basis because it often requires traveling significant distances or paying more, creating a burden for those living in low-income communities. In an attempt to improve food accessibility for all, SEPTA hosts several farmers markets in places where large numbers of people transfer or board transit every day. Hosting markets in convenient and highly visible locations provides a way for Philadelphians to more easily access quality, fresh food as part of their daily commute. In FY2019, SEPTA hosted or in some way supported eight farmers markets within two blocks of SEPTA properties.
Develop a Highly Skilled, Healthy & Versatile Workforce
Implement Five-Year Human Resources Master Plan
In FY2019, SEPTA made progress towards implementing a comprehensive Human Resources Master Plan, with seven focus areas (see below for a description of each). Key initiatives include progress towards restructuring SEPTA’s New Employee Orientation program and streamlining the recruitment process that enables SEPTA to hire new employees.
A key theme in the master plan is transitioning Human Resources operations at SEPTA from “transactional” to “strategic.” The HR Master Plan will help attract and retain a healthy and versatile workforce in addition to streamlining business processes associated with maintaining talent at SEPTA and ensuring it remains an employer of choice for the next generation of transit professionals. The master plan is structured based on mapping the “employee experience” and recommends initiatives to close gaps between existing and leading industry practices.
Transit is inherently sustainable as a transportation mode by shifting transportation away from private automobiles, providing congestion relief, and supporting dense, compact land uses. In CY2018, SEPTA prevented 2,516,416,821 lbs of carbon dioxide emissions that otherwise would have occurred if SEPTA riders had instead traveled by single-occupancy vehicle.
Support Regional Business Equity
Increase Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2016 Baseline of Contracting Dollars Committed to Small, Minority and Women-Owned Companies by 20%
SEPTA is committed to expanding opportunities for small, minority and women owned businesses through the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. This program is intended to create an even playing field for these businesses by reducing burdens and fostering equal opportunity for the award of SEPTA contracts. SEPTA tracks this goal by the percentage of its total contracting dollars awarded to DBEs.
SEPTA’s DBE office is one of only five certification agencies in the state, making it an essential resource for small, disadvantaged businesses in Pennsylvania. By providing DBE certifications free of charge and committing to award a certain percentage of SEPTA’s annual contract dollars to DBEs, SEPTA is able to provide support to regional small businesses.