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    • Workers from the city's street's department pave a street.

Want to know when the city is filling that pothole? There’s an app for that.

Peace out, potholes! It’s paving season! Philly kicked off the start of its annual campaign against its notoriously busted streets on Wednesday with the release of multiple online tools for tracking…

    • Jahandad Ghuman has been driving for Uber for 5 years. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

As Uber’s IPO hits potholes, Philly drivers prepare to make case before state Senate

Jahandad Ghuman says he makes $100 to $120 a day driving as an independent contractor for Uber. But that’s not enough. “Commercial insurance, car payment, gasoline,” plus multiple car washes per…

    •  Philadelphia Uber driver consults her phone during her shift. (Jessica Kourkounis for WHYY)

Philadelphia sues Uber on eve of driver revolt

There will be a lot to talk about in your Uber Wednesday — if you can get one. The ride-hail giant is making its debut on the New York Stock Exchange…

    • Residential parking permit, Philadelphia Parking Authority

Philly Councilman wants city to reclaim control of street parking

Unfortunately for critics of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, City Hall still doesn’t have the power to wrest control of on-street parking from the state-run agency. Or, at least not according to…

    • Jane's Walk participants enjoy a guided exploration of Lancaster Avenue during a 2017 walk.

This is your weekend to discover hidden black history, ‘peak songbirds’ and a middle school once associated with utopia

Urbanist darling Jane Jacob’s legacy continues as curious city lovers around the world prepare to take to the sidewalks for Jane’s Walk this weekend to honor the bespectacled activist who died…

    • Chamarra McCrorey gives Indego's new e-bikes a test ride on Thomas Paine Plaza

Want to power up your pedaling? Philly adding 400 electric bikes to Indego fleet

Philadelphia: get ready to see more bright blue Indego bikes zipping through the streets this summer. The city’s bike share initiative announced Thursday that it will expand its electric bike pilot…

    • Commuters are shown exiting a SEPTA bus. (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek, file

Detroit just eliminated its transfer fee. Will Philly be next?

SEPTA riders may soon be able to stop giving a buck. City Councilwoman Helen Gym wants SEPTA to stop charging riders a $1 transfer fee for switching transit lines and at…

    • SEPTA's City Hall Station overhaul is on SEPTA's list of deferred capital projects

Appeal of anti-toll lawsuit keeps SEPTA improvements on hold

SEPTA’s state funding is hovering at a more than 10-year low due to a federal lawsuit that just won’t go away. The transportation agency breathed a sigh of relief in early…

    • Commuters are shown exiting a SEPTA bus. (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek, file

Scamming SEPTA is getting harder — agency hits 10-year low for claims payouts

Suing SEPTA was a lucrative hustle before the aughts. Any opportunist who had the good fortune to stumble upon a SEPTA bus accident could hop on, pretend to be an injured…

    • A man carries a stroller up the stairs at the 8th and Chestnut exit from the Market Frankford line. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Family-friendly SEPTA Key to roll out - but not until 2020

Glenside resident Amanda Bergson-Shilcock likes to take her five nieces and nephews into Philadelphia on day trips. SEPTA tokens made it easy and inexpensive — the now-defunct currency got them in…

    • The sidewalks on Naima Miller's Point Breeze block are slanting, cracked and sinking. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Spring is sidewalk season in Philly but watch your step — those cracks aren’t getting fixed

Naima Miller remembers the exact crack on the sidewalk where she twisted her ankle four years ago. She was walking to the store when she tripped on the broken pavement in…

    • Riders wait on a SEPTA train platform for the Regional Rail to arrive. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

SEPTA Key usable on all of Regional Rail starting May 1

Regional rail commuters in all four zones can ditch their monthly and weekly paper passes for SEPTA Key as soon as May 1. The change means that commuters coming from more…

    • In this file photo, State Sen. Anthony Williams announces his Philadelphia mayoral bid. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Anthony Williams opposes congestion pricing, pitches shuttle buses to cut gridlock

Mayoral candidate State Sen. Anthony Williams says he would not consider congestion pricing as a fix for Philadelphia’s transportation woes if he were in charge. The practice, recently adopted by New…

    • Rev. Clarence Hester and Tinamarie Russell point to North Station District development site. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Neighbors want a role in building North Station District

Latonya Talford had questions for the New York investors behind an ambitious plan to transform her quiet North Philadelphia neighborhood into a highrise village that developers and local officials are calling…

    •  A view of the Philadelphia skyline from the 52nd Street station on the Market-Frankford elevated line in West Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Congestion pricing floated as fix for Pa. transit funding crisis

The news that New York will become the first U.S. city to impose a fee on vehicles entering Manhattan has put congestion pricing at the center of a statewide conversation about…

    • undreds of fans, friends and family mourn at a vigil for battle rapper Akhiym Mickens, known as Tech 9 at the Happy Hollow playground. (Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY)

Sudden death of famed Philadelphia Battle Rapper Tech 9 inspires call for Tech Day

Clusters of red and black balloons floated above Happy Hollow Playground in Germantown to honor fallen neighborhood hero Akhiym Mickens, also known as Tech 9. Tech 9 was a renowned battle…

    • Ricardo Wilson moved into his unit in the new Sharswood Tower in North Philadelphia this week. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Sharswood residents return home after $28 million tower upgrade

Kenneth Miller shouted at the elevators on the 11th floor of the newly renovated Sharswood Tower in North Philadelphia. “Can we get the elevator?” he cried. “We live here!” The 67-year-old…

    • Only 32 people signed into SEPTA's annual open house. (Kim Paynter/WHYY)

Why SEPTA’s annual open house drew fewer riders than your morning train

SEPTA averages close to 700,000 riders daily but attendance at the transportation authority’s annual open houses on Tuesday could barely fill a train car. SEPTA advertises the public forums as an…

    • A screenshot of the beta version homepage of SEPTA's new Key website. (PlanPhilly.)

‘Hip’ new SEPTA Key site is one of many fixes in the works

I barely remember what I did to open an account and register my SEPTA Key card on the agency’s newborn beta site. The interface was intuitive, quick and simple — nothing…

    • rowhomes (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

City Council proposes 3 affordable housing fixes

City Council is moving forward with three pieces of legislation to address affordable housing and poverty in Philadelphia. The proposed bills would establish a low-income legal defense fund, “fair-chance” housing for…

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