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    • Winter steel moving | Al Be Franke, EOTS Flickr Group

Philly Transit in 2016: No Mass Transformations (yet)

Ah, it’s the end of the year, that time to reflect on the year that was and look forward to the year to come, and things are no different here at…

    • Construction crews putting final touches on Manayunk Bridge | Lindsay Lazarski/Keystone Crossroads

December 23: Whither goes our withering bridges? | Underground raves adopt safety dance | Law of Ancient Lights

It's a season of giving and we hope you value all of the information PlanPhilly gives you all year long. And we hope you'll help us meet our goal of raising…

    • SEPTA General Counsel Gino Benedetti. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

SEPTA spent $423,000 on lawyers during labor negotiations

SEPTA spent $423,388 on outside labor counsel to handle negotiations with Transport Workers Union Local 234 (TWU) over the five-year contract agreed to after a six-day strike in November. The lead…

    • Packer Marine Terminal, Port of Philadelphia, 2013 | AP Photo/Matt Rourke

December 22: Trump inscrutable on infrastructure | Port's money ship comes in | Billboard bait-n-switch?

We published more than 700 articles this year – how many did you read? We ask you, dear reader, to put a value on the public service journalism we provide you…

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Artful illuminations unveiled on Spring Garden Street, improving connection between Northern Liberties and waterfront

On a cold, December night, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) unveiled some hot new lights that have been a long time coming to the stretch of Spring Garden Street under…

    • SEPTA’s Comly district’s decorations were inspired by the Nigh Before Christmas. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

SEPTA Festibus competition spreads joy to the (transit) world [photos]

The Callowhill Bus Depot in West Philly looked a lot like Santa’s workshop Tuesday afternoon—if Santa traded in eight flying reindeer (plus Rudolph) for eight decorated 40-foot buses (plus three decked-out…

    • SEPTA Key fare kiosks at 1234 Market

Slow rollout of SEPTA Key leaves riders confused

All across Philadelphia, you can find ads heralding the arrival of a brilliant public transit-riding future. SEPTA Key A new way to pay Begins 06/13/16 But that last line is causing…

    • Parking in bike lanes

Dozens gather to debate protected bike lanes on Pine and Spruce Streets

On Tuesday night, less than one percent of the residents in Washington West showed up to a neighborhood association meeting, nominally to hear a presentation about protected bike lanes. In actuality,…

    • Two Flags | Michael Klusek, Flickr

Investor green card program that has greenlit Philly’s building boom faces uncertain future

Not all immigrants arrive tired, poor, or huddled in masses. Some are quite wealthy and rely on a program that trades green cards for massive investments—foreign dollars that have helped spark…

    • Subway Rush Hour | Theresa Stigale

Jarrett Walker's philosophy of public transit as means to freedom

Philosophers have long struggled to make sense of human existence and the freedom (perhaps illusory) that it provides. “Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains,” wrote…

    • Rendering of Trolley Car Station restaurant at 40th Street Trolley Portal Gardens

UCD breaks ground on Portal Gardens at 40th Street trolley stop

Soon, waiting for a trolley in University City won’t seem so bad. University City District (UCD), along with SEPTA, city officials, developers and neighborhood residents, broke ground on the Trolley Portal…

    • Schuylkill River Trail | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group

Sections of MLK Drive, Schuylkill River Trail to close for retaining wall rebuild

On Monday the City of Philadelphia announced that parts of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and the Schuylkill River Trail will be closed for a few weeks while crews rebuild and…

    • Kelley Yemen, Philadelphia's first Complete Streets Director |  Credit: Phillip Hussong

Street Diplomacy: How Philadelphia’s first Complete Streets Director expects to get the job done

After years and years of talking about Complete Streets—the idea of designing roads for all users, not just cars—Philadelphia has finally hired someone to lead the charge of rethinking our streets.…

    • septa platform

SEPTA already screens for suspected cause of deadly Hoboken train crash

In the wake of September’s deadly train crash in Hoboken, federal regulators want railroads to do more to keep engineers awake. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) ordered New Jersey Transit to…

    • Packer Marine Terminal, Port of Philadelphia, 2013 | AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Gov. Wolf announces $292 million for Port of Philadelphia to expand container capacity

Governor Tom Wolf announced plans to double container capacity at the Port of Philadelphia via a $292 million capital investment from Harrisburg, promising 2,250 new jobs. The announcement comes just weeks…

    • Satellite photo showing proposed Midvale CHP site in relation to other SEPTA facilities

Environmentalists boo as SEPTA Board OKs natural gas power plant in Nicetown

SEPTA’s monthly board meeting ended in contained chaos Thursday afternoon as a small cadre of environmental activists protested the board’s authorization of a proposed natural gas cogeneration plant near the Midvale…

    • A SEPTA Key validator

SEPTA Key's ‘travel wallet' function starts phasing out tokens

SEPTA announced details Monday for the latest SEPTA Key expansion: the new “travel wallet” function, which will allow riders to retire their tokens. Tokens did not become obsolete overnight; so don’t…

    • SEPTA Key

At Last: SEPTA Key expected to begin replacing tokens next week, as seniors get new ID cards starting this week

Next week SEPTA plans to launch SEPTA Key’s “travel wallet” function, which replaces tokens with reloadable funds on the new fare cards. Current SEPTA Key “Early Adopters” who have used the…

    • TWU Local 234 workers rallied at their union hall on Oct. 28 and distributed strike signs for the picket lines (Brad Larrison for WHYY)

New union contract will cost SEPTA $146 million more over 5 years in wages, pensions

Details on Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 234’s new bargaining agreement with SEPTA were revealed Thursday in the union’s newsletter to membership. The new contract will cost SEPTA $146 million more…

    • 30th Street Station stop on the Market-Frankford El was quiet but trains were running, Monday Nov. 7 as service resumed | Catalina Jaramillo / WHYY

And on the seventh day, we rode — Six-day SEPTA strike ends just before election

Around 3:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Bruce Bodner, general counsel and a lead negotiator for Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 234, was eating a cheeseburger at the Downtown Sheraton, where talks with…

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