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08

Taxpayer-Funded SEPTA Metro Competes Unfairly With For-Profit Newspapers

I remember it like it was yesterday. SEPTA came up with the idea to launch its own little newspaper. The Metro would be a benign little affair to be distributed only at SEPTA rail stations and bus terminals.

Designed to be read by a commuter during the length of his trip on public transportation, Metro is concise, easy-to-read and filled with lots of color. Today’s premier edition consisted of 23 pages of news, weather, jobs, money, sports and entertainment.

But flash forward 8 years and it seems that distribution has morphed and competes directly with every other Philly rag.

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If there can ever be a predatory pricing scheme, this would be it. Not that a lot of people, younger ones in particular, would mind seeing dead-tree newspapers go away, but one cannot help think that SEPTA has a distinct and unfair advantage since the entire organization is a ward of the State and funded at gunpoint largely by taxpayers.

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5 Responses to “Taxpayer-Funded SEPTA Metro Competes Unfairly With For-Profit Newspapers”


  1. 1 Mr. Clarification
    July 2, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    SEPTA has no affiliation with METRO News Inc.

    They distribute newspapers internationally in many major cities.

    Sorry Liberty Guys.

  2. July 3, 2008 at 7:19 am

    Then please clarify this. TPI Metro is now paying SEPTA $65,000 per month to distribute papers. I assume other metro areas have similar agreements. Am I to believe this is all being paid for by advertising? Man, that’s one hell of a business model if so. I’m assuming they have other expenses, too. Where does this revenue come from? I seriously would like to be enlightened on this topic. Thanks.

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