SEPTA NPT (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority)

< < filed this request with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority of Pennsylvania.
Due Sept. 5, 2018
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: < <

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Pennsylvania Right to Know Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all records, communications, between SEPTA & PENNDOT management, employees, politicians, vendors and consultants of the KEY System, regarding tracking and keeping tabs on customers utilizing the SEPTA key card, what is said to and discussed with the media, topics that are permitted and ignored, how to handle requests pursuant to these issues, and what individuals were involved in discussing taking away Magnetic fare instruments and paper transfers , giving customers less choice, and when this decision was discussed and voted on with the public's input taken.

Secondly, what state law allows SEPTA to cease accepting PA State Issued Senior & Disabled ID Cards which have no expiration date and SEPTA must continue to accept beyond September 1st; as well as the topic of forced compliance of Key in order to obtain user data without user permission, or means to opt out of data collection. Provide documentation of discussion of directly violating PA State Constitution as well as 4th Amendment and how SEPTA throws caution to the wind regarding this, and plans to tackle it.
Currently, SEPTA is not following the laws regarding transparency and allowing customers to opt out of data collection practices, nor is the Authority being transparent, allowing users to purchase another product that does not track user movements, as all citizens have a right to privacy. Provide any and all documents regarding privacy, tracking, and Key Account, Key ID, and if an account or ID card can be directly traced back to an card holder. Provide documents on explaining why decision was made to take away paper transfers with whose permission decision was made to do so, and what public input guided said decision.

Provide documents specific to the topic of why transfer, or full fare is only displayed on operator side of farebox, but not on the Fare Validator, customer-facing side, where Key Card is tapped.

Discuss and provide extensive documentation and documents about the publicly financed Key back-end system, and when users will be permitted to look at the database, containing their data, as well as opt out of any collection. Provide evidence that an opt-out request actually anonymizes the Key Card and has no means of tracking a user.

Provide documents, emails, conversations explaining reasoning as to why bid documents relevant to project bids, which taxpayers have every right to examine, are now hidden on SEPTA.ORG website.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.


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From: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

According to our database, your RTKL request was submitted via email on Friday, August 31, 2018 (see attached). Therefore, by my calculation the agency response (or invocation of a 30-day extension) would be due within five (5) business days of receipt, which in this case is September 10th.

C. Neil Petersen, Esquire
Deputy General Counsel - Corporate Litigation
SEPTA Open Records Officer
Legal Division-5th Floor
1234 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3780

From: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: < <

All SEPTA communications and documents are subject to legal review. Except in rare circumstances, no SEPTA communications, documents, etc, are subject to be thrown under guise of "confidential information". All SEPTA employees communications, emails, and agency documents are subject to public scrutiny. All of, also, is subject to public scrutiny, as the information dictated to employees far differs the narrative told to news outlets, lawmakers, and the public.