SEPTA confirms: Weird Broad Street Line voice has been changed.

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A Philadelphia Speaks user — as Newsworks noted in a recent post — recently asked whether the mysteriously ambiguous voice that says "Doors closing" — like "Dawhs Closing" — on SEPTA's Broad Street Line had been changed.

Intrigued, we at CP did what we at CP do: reported the story out.

News Intern Tanya Hull (Welcome, Tanya!) contacted SEPTA and delivers this report:

SEPTA spokesperson Jerriah Williams confirms that the voice from above has, indeed, been changed throughout the Broad Street Line. Williams said the announcement changes were made in Sept. 2010 when Pattison Station was updated to what is now AT&T Station.

Ms. Williams explained the change in the long-familiar but oddly accented "Doors Closing" announcement as being part of a system-wide "communications upgrade," but did concede that, "It was so fast, it sounded like the woman was from a foreign country!" and that "the recording now is clearer, slower, more manageable."

Despite those advantages, she added, "I miss it, as a matter of fact."

Hear the difference yourself:

- The old voice (MP3)

- The new voice (MP3)

Tweets that mention SEPTA confirms: Weird Broad Street Line voice has been changed. :: The Clog :: Blog Archive :: Staff Blog :: Philadelphia City Paper --
Posted 2011-01-21 17:11:42
[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Philly City Paper, Drew Lazor, Drew-Shane Homie!, Derrick Q. Lewis™, Ed Skirkie and others. Ed Skirkie said: RT @citypaper: SEPTA confirms that they've changed the weird "doors closing" voice on the Broad Street Line: [...] 

Shay Belleza
Posted 2011-01-22 14:22:57
This is great..! For the last  couple of rides I was really disturbed by that voice.. Then I noticed a few days Ago that it was diff.. I'm excited..!!

Posted 2011-01-23 20:06:48
Not in Philly anymore but oh God I miss that sound!  Who knew I would miss things like that when I left the city?!  It's the little things in life that mean the most!

StoopPhilly Links | StoopPhilly
Posted 2011-01-24 07:03:26
[...] apts for $25M ( Broad Street run sells out in four days (Philadelphia Business Journal) SEPTA confirms: Weird Broad Street Line voice has been changed (CityPaper) Beyond Cheese Steaks: A Tour of Philadelphia Restaurants (New York Times) Admirers wish [...] 

A Little Chilly? | The Philly Post
Posted 2011-01-24 16:41:22
[...] Speaking of Septa … Listen closely. The sort-of-creepy voice of the Broad Street Line has changed to be slightly less creepy. [Citypaper] [...] 

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