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Today, last year, and since 1964, SEPTA has been Philly’s way to go – shuttling the local workforce to their offices, job sites, classrooms, and stores – and back home – day and night, weekday and weekend. SEPTA has always put the safety of its riders and staff first – even before safety became the hot topic of the day.
Tune-in to hear what SEPTA is doing to meet your safety, security, and service needs through this recovery and beyond - including cleaning protocols, mask requirements, new fare options, and schedule changes.

Leslie Richards, General Manager/Chief Executive Officer
Scott Sauer, Assistant General Manager Operations

Aug 4, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Leslie Richards
General Manager/Chief Executive Officer @SEPTA
Leslie S. Richards is the 11th General Manager/Chief Executive Officer of Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), where she oversees a budget of more than $2 billion and 9,500 employees. As the sixth largest public transportation agency in the U.S., SEPTA operates across six transportation modes and has 2,800 vehicles in service, 285 subway and rail stations, 13,000 bus and trolley stops, and 150 routes. Prior to joining SEPTA in 2020, Ms. Richards served as the first woman secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), one of the largest and most innovative transportation agencies in the U.S. A staunch advocate for women and diversity in transportation and government, Ms. Richards has been recognized for her leadership in the industry and commitment to public service. Ms. Richards earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and urban studies from Brown University and a master’s degree in regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
Scott Sauer
Assistant General Manager Operations @SEPTA
Scott Sauer is the Assistant General Manager for Operations with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). In this capacity, Scott is responsible for all Regional Rail, Subway/Elevated, Bus, Trolley, Trackless Trolley, and ADA Paratransit/Shared Ride Operations including the maintenance of over 2,800 revenue vehicles and 1,100 support vehicles and equipment. SEPTA’s Operations Division operates on 145 fixed routes serving approximately 1,860 route miles and providing service to 282 stations on 450 miles of track. Scott is a 30-year industry veteran beginning his career as a Trolley Operator then holding management positions in both Operations and Safety before being named Assistant General Manager for System Safety in 2015. In that role, Scott served on several industry-wide committees and programs with the Transportation Research Board, the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety, and the Operation Lifesaver Board of Directors. His many years working in System Safe