The Inquirer would do anything to get taxpayers to empty their pockets and give more money to SEPTA. So their crack reporter, Paul Nussbaum, who writes a lot of stories slanted to the idea that big guvmint is good and gasoline is bad and public transit is the answer to everything, reports on a story that if SEPTA's fare hikes are enacted, the city of Philadelphia would lose 43,800 jobs!
Let's assume for a moment that estimate is correct. According to the 2003 or 2004 census, Philadelphia had 566,349 jobs (working people). So to lose 43,800 of those jobs would mean one out of every thirteen jobs left the city!! That ain't happening no matter how high SEPTA raises its fares.
It never fails to amaze me that these newspaper reporters never question the reasonableness of statistics they throw around.