May 24, 2010
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Jeanne Neese Dies; Longtime SEPTA Employee
Jeanne E. Neese, 60, of Rosemont, PA, an attorney and director of government affairs for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) in Philadelphia for more than three decades, died April 28.
“Jeanne was instrumental in the drafting and enactment of legislation that has provided funding not only for SEPTA, but also for every public transit system in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Richard Maloney, SEPTA director-public affairs. “But writing legislation is only the end product of a political and legislative process involving countless political constituencies, agendas, and egos….Jeanne was a consensus builder. She brought people together for the common good.”
Maloney cited Neese’s support of asset management—funds to support proper maintenance of transit vehicles and facilities, saving millions of taxpayer dollars. She also played a critical role in the passage of Pennsylvania’s landmark Act 44 legislation, which for the first time provided for a predictable source for state transit operations funding.
Before coming to SEPTA, Neese began her public transportation career with the former Urban Mass Transit Administration. For APTA, she was a member of the Legislative and State Affairs committees.