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    • Philadelphia Parking Authority

December 18: A sophisticated network | Round and Mid-century playful | New PPA head

Parking people on the move: the PPA has picked state Rep. Scott Petri as its new executive director, WHYY News’ Emily Scott reports. Petri, who was formerly the chair of…

    • Cars regularly stop in Philadelphia's bike lanes that aren't

After cyclist’s death, Philadelphia to upgrade bike lanes on South, 27th Streets

On Wednesday, the city announced plans to upgrade the bicycle lanes near the South Street Bridge by adding flexible delineator posts by “mid 2018.” The existing, painted bike lanes on 27th…

    • Opponents of SEPTA's gas plant gathered at the Catto Memorial outside City Hall arguing the location of the plant was racist.

Health Department authorizes SEPTA natural gas plant in Nicetown

On Wednesday, Philadelphia Air Management Services (AMS) issued a permit allowing SEPTA to move ahead with its proposed natural-gas power plant in Nicetown. Local environmentalists had fought the SEPTA proposal for…

    • Bicyclists forming a

After cyclist’s death, protesters form “human-protected bike lane” to demand long-delayed street safety improvements

Around 100 cyclists and traffic safety activists formed a human bike lane this morning near the site where a 24-year-old cyclist was struck and killed by a privately operated garbage truck…

    • Provident Mutual Life Insurance Building, 2014

Blackwell proposes transit oriented development around Provident Mutual Life Insurance building

On Thursday, West Philadelphia’s Jannie Blackwell became the first City Council member to take advantage of new zoning language to promote transit oriented development (TOD). Blackwell introduced a bill to encourage…

    • SEPTA Control Center: Trolley lines

New, easier-to-use SEPTA App offers real-time ETAs

SEPTA released a new mobile app Wednesday night. Called SEPTA beta, it’s a major overhaul of SEPTA’s oft-derided old app. Users will notice some big changes: A brand new interface, the…

    • blight bw

Pew Report: Philly’s poor have been stuck in the inner city, separated from suburban job growth

On Wednesday, Pew Charitable Trusts released a new study exploring the city’s infamous status as America’s poorest big city. “We know that Philadelphia is the poorest big city in the United…

    • SEPTA hybrid bus

SEPTA showcases plans for cleaner, greener commutes with updated energy action plan

If you want to reduce carbon emissions, one of the easiest and most effective things you can do is to trade in your daily commute by car for taking the bus.…

    • Devil's Pool in the fall (Credit: Gary Citrone)

Why "slippery rail season" ruins your commute

Note: It's that time of year again, when the leaves change color and blanket the ground in a variegated cover. This is a repost of an article we ran November…

    • Parking Meters

With profits way up, but patronage way down, will GOP-controlled PPA keep interim executive director?

“There's no agency that people have loved to hate more than the Parking Authority.” Committee of 70 President David Thornburgh is probably understating things. Mention the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) around…

    • New Grays Ferry Swing Bridge rendering | rendering courtesy of SRDC

Conrail donates Schuylkill swing bridge, clearing way for trail extension

The steady expansion of the Schuylkill River Trail took another step forward Wednesday morning. Mayor Jim Kenney acknowledged the Conrail’s gift  of the Schuylkill River Swing Bridge to the city of…

    • Pa. Capitol Building, Harrisburg. (Kevin McCorry/WHYY)

Mapping out patterns for why some PA towns give up their local police forces

An ever-increasingly large share of Pennsylvania’s transportation budget goes to state police. This year, state police will get around $773 million of the $2.8 billion motor license fund.* The state…

    • In March, 2016, around 200 residents turned out to a community meeting on the NHSL extension to King of Prussia. Many were in opposition.

SEPTA advances plan for NHSL extension to King of Prussia, but some residents aren’t on board

SEPTA recently took another laborious step in the long journey to extending the Norristown High Speed Line (NHSL) to King of Prussia, releasing a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in conjunction…

    • The 5:05 Express to Norristown arrives at Suburban Station

“Excellent” transportation network driving force behind Philly’s pitch to Amazon

Like nearly every other city in North America, Philadelphia is putting the final touches on its bid to convince Amazon to build its second headquarters here ahead of Thursday’s deadline. The…

    • SEPTA regional rail | Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

Analysis: How SEPTA can turn Regional Rail in Philly into high-frequency rapid transit

Philadelphia has a bunch of passenger rail lines, but only a few fast and frequent enough to be considered “rapid”: PATCO and SEPTA’s Broad Street and the Market Frankford Elevated Lines.…

    • Mayor Jim Kenney poses with the Vision Zero Task Force. Not pictured: A single member of City Council

With Vision Zero Action Plan, city outlines strategy for making residents care enough about traffic safety to accept slower streets

At a press conference in the Mayor’s Reception Room in City Hall, the Vision Zero Task Force announced the release of its Action Plan, a three-year, multi-pronged approach to drive…

    • Passengers kicked out windows to flee a stopped SEPTA train after hearing a loud bang and fearing the worst

Equipment failure and a “loud bang” cause SEPTA riders to flee stopped Regional Rail train, shutting down Center City service

During rush hour Wednesday evening, SEPTA stopped all Regional Rail trains through Center City after some passengers on a stopped train jumped from it after hearing a loud bang. According to…

    • buffered bike lane chestnut

During the mayoral campaign, Kenney promised to build 30+ miles of protected bicycle lanes. Almost 2 years later, where are we?

In the 2015 mayoral race, then-candidate Jim Kenney pledged to build more than 30 miles of protected bicycle lanes in Philadelphia, to accompany the more than 400 miles of unprotected bicycle…

    • A cyclist and drivers cross the Chestnut Street Bridge. PennDOT plans to move the bike lane to the left side during reconstruction.

Major rehab of Chestnut Street Bridge will close it for a year starting summer 2019, PennDOT says

Construction over the Schuylkill River is never an easy process for Philadelphia. And now, the bridges in Center City that have gone without repair for decades are finally getting a long…

    • SEPTA Control Center: Market-Frankford El and Broad Street lines

Train derails on Market Frankford elevated line, few injuries reported

A SEPTA Market Frankford elevated line train derailed Saturday morning near Spring Garden Station. A SEPTA spokesman said around 30 passengers were on the train at the time it went off…

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