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    • 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…

    • Mayor Jim Kenney and bicycle advocates in front of City Hall.

Kenney: Philly streets 'suck' but city making progress

“Suck” isn’t the usual verb mayors use to describe key elements of the city they govern. But that is exactly the word Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney recently chose when describing the…

    • Nicholas Baker fought to preserve Philadelphia's remaining cast-iron subway entrances, like this one at City Hall. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Local man wins protections for Philly’s iconic cast-iron subway entrances

A decade after a local graduate student recommended preserving Philadelphia’s iconic cast-iron subway entrances, the Philadelphia Historical Commission approved protections for the ornate gates. That graduate student, Nicholas Baker, tried to…

    • 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…

    • Lime is applying for permits to bring its e-scooters to Philadelphia's streets.

Slow your roll: Safety worries could delay electric scooters’ ride into Philly

Philadelphia loves the idea of scooting around on the colorful electrically powered two-wheelers that startups like Lime are sending out on city streets around the world. But at a city hearing…

    • hiladelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner (right) and Chief of Homicide Anthony Voci

Driver could face jail time for death of Center City cyclist

The truck driver who hit and killed a Center City cyclist could face prison time for the 2017 collision. Jorge Fretts, 28, hit Emily Fredricks, a 24-year-old pastry chef. She was…

    • Cars and bikes compete on many Philadelphia streets despite bike lanes.

Philadelphia drivers rarely prosecuted for crashes that kill pedestrians and cyclists

Only a fraction of drivers in crashes that kill pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists ever face serious criminal charges, according to a new analysis by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. About…

    • A car parked in a crosswalk. (Jon Geeting/PlanPhilly)

Illegal parkers beware: Philadelphia wants you out of the crosswalk and off the sidewalk

For Bruce McElrath, a car parked in a crosswalk is a major inconvenience at the very least. At worst, it can turn the simple act of crossing the street in a…

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

Strollers pose safety problems for Philly families riding SEPTA

When a mother fell down the stairs and died in the New York subway two weeks ago, parents in Philadelphia reacted with a combination of horror and recognition. Malaysia Goodson’s fall…

    •  UPS has rolled out e-cargo tricycles in Pittsburgh and Seattle. Another city will be announced within the next few months.

UPS is trading trucks for tricycles in some cities. Cargo trikes could roll in Philly too, officials say.

When UPS announced it would start using a battery-powered cargo tricycle to make some of its downtown deliveries, the mayor greeted the plan with open arms. The delivery giant had already…

    • 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…

    • Giovanni Hatter. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

In racially diverse 14th District, Philly police target black drivers 3 times more than whites, analysis shows

It was a cold January evening in North Philadelphia when police officers pulled over Giovanni Hatter in his minivan. He was told he missed a stop sign. When the officers ran…

    • Septa  on Walnut Street

SEPTA facing $63 million capital budget shortfall over motorists' lawsuit

SEPTA is bracing for a possible $63 million shortfall in its capital budget in 2019, pending the outcome of a contentious lawsuit filed in federal court by two motorists’ groups. The…

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