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You are viewing 16 articles for 2019 by the author Darryl C. Murphy concerning Traffic & Transportation

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SEPTA nods to customer feedback, reduces Key Card minimum load to $1

Your basic donut, a Wawa coffee, a cigarette from a stranger, and now, a SEPTA Key card boost.   A buck is the new minimum travel wallet load on a Key…

    • One of SEPTA's new electric buses. (Darryl Murphy)

SEPTA goes electric with 25 new ‘battery buses’

SEPTA is driving into the future with a smaller carbon footprint.   A new fleet of 25 electric buses hit Philadelphia streets this week and more are to come in the…

    • Members of the The National Youth Bike Council pose at the Please Touch Museum before a group ride through Fairmount Park. (Angela Gervasi for WHYY)

No wheelies: Philly bike crew rides with safety first mantra

Joshua Funches, 19, and his teenage friends love cruising Philly streets on their bicycles. But you won’t see them performing tricks and stunts in the middle of traffic like some of…

    • A pedestrian threads his way through snarled traffic at Broad and Chestnut streets. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

New traffic enforcement officers to hit Philly streets

Legendary rap duo Mobb Deep observed, “Ain’t no such thing as halfway crooks.” But what about halfway cops? Philadelphians who voted in Tuesday’s primary approved creating a new class of “public…

    • An aerial view of the I-76 ramp at 30th Street that will be closed until June 14. (Google/WHYY)

Everything you need to know about the I-76 detours in Center City

PennDOT will close off several lanes of the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) and a busy on-ramp in Center City on Monday evening. Work will continue through June 14, PennDOT spokesman Brad Rudolph…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    •  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…

    • 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…

    • Thousands of people travel between University City and Center City daily. | Emma Lee/WHYY

New breed of traffic cop could soon hit Philadelphia streets

If Philadelphia cops spent less time policing traffic, they could dedicate more energy to fighting the city’s soaring homicide rate. Or at least that’s the idea behind City Council President Darrell…

    • The Norristown high speed rail line would run through King of Prussia under SEPTA's plan.

SEPTA awards design contract for King of Prussia rail project

SEPTA’s plan to extend rail service to King of Prussia took a step forward last week when the agency awarded a preliminary design contract to HNTB, an infrastructure solutions firm. The…

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