SEPTA confirms: Weird Broad Street Line voice has been changed.
A Philadelphia Speaks user â as Newsworks noted in a recent post â recently asked whether the mysteriously ambiguous voice that says "Doors closing" â like "Dawhs Closing" â 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: