By: Staff Reports
Philadelphia Tabloid Continues Despite Opposition
Metro, Philadelphia’s controversial new daily newspaper for transit riders, reached the
city’s bus lines for the first time yesterday as the paper’s publisher’s began placing copies
of the publication on SEPTA’s buses.
Over 1,200 SEPTA buses now have sleeves designed to hold Metro, a free publication that
provides local, national and world news, but in a shorter, quicker format. The distribution
method was tested during the past week.
Metro, which has been the subject of controversy since it first began distribution at subway
and bus stops around the city earlier this year, is a tabloid paper published by Sweden-based
Modern Times Group.
The city’s two major daily newspapers have complained that the transit system should not be
involved in a deal to distribute a newspaper and have taken legal action to stop it. So far,
the paper remains in distribution to transit customers.
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