ReadyPhiladelphia adds SEPTA notifications
There is now a new way to know if you’ll be late getting home. The city’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) said on Wednesday that SEPTA’s travel alerts and transit delay updates are available through ReadyPhiladelphia, the office’s emergency notification system.
For the most part, SEPTA sends out notifications through its website, app or the various Twitter feeds it manages. By adding real-time updates to ReadyPhiladelphia, SEPTA’s General Manager, Jeffery Knueppel said customers will be encouraged to sign up for the city-wide service.
“ReadyPhiladelphia provides a tremendous resource for SEPTA customers to get service updates and other information they need for their daily travels,” he said.
Situations like severe weather, similar to last month’s blizzard, often cause severe delays in the SEPTA system or even outright shutdowns. This leaves many commuters guessing on whether they’ll be able to get home at all. Theoretically, with SEPTA notifications going through ReadyPhiladelphia, commuters will be able to get a constant stream of updates from one source when situations like that happen.
“ReadyPhiladelphia is a valuable resource, keeping those who visit, work or live in the city connected with important information,” said Samantha Phillips, the OEM’s director. “We are able to reach people with public safety notifications from the National Weather Service, Philadelphia Police and Philadelphia Fire.”
To sign up for the notifications, head to the OEM’s website or SEPTA’s website and through the sign-up form you can choose which lines or routes you want to be notified about as well as how you would like to to be notified and when. ReadyPhiladelphia sends out text messages, emails or push notifications if you have the ContactBridge app on your smartphone.