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    • Cycling Free Streets, 2016 | Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks

Philly Free Streets organizers report back on last year’s event, prepare for another

The organizers of last September’s Philly Free Streets a half-day event which shut down automobile traffic to create a pedestrian and bicycle path stretching from the eastern end of South…

    • 30th Street station Regional Rail platform | A. Leonard Pundt

SEPTA riders overwhelmingly take the bus and subway. Why does Regional Rail receive more funding?

SEPTA’s Regional Rail network has been running on borrowed time. It carries about 11 percent of SEPTA straphangers in an aging fleet of rail cars, on legacy infrastructure with the system’s…

    • brookings cover

Brookings report calls for more local investment to unleash 'innovation district' potential

Before a room packed with Philadelphia’s business elites Thursday morning, Brookings Institution researchers described the city as standing on the precipice of greatness. All it will take is a little leap…

    • Indego | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Indego Bike Share turns two, celebrates 1.2 million rides with new stations in Fishtown, South Philly and Center City

On Thursday, Indego celebrated its second birthday and was showered with a dozen new stations, 200 new bikes and a $930,000 grant from the William Penn Foundation to support community outreach…

    • Curbside electric vehicle charging station

Council considers how to encourage electric vehicle ownership after suspending previous program

City Council held hearings Monday to solicit ideas for encouraging electric vehicle (EV) ownership in Philadelphia. The hearings came a month after Council pulled the plug on the city’s previous program…

    • Proposed path for the Route 49 bus

SEPTA hears criticism of proposed bus route through University City

SEPTA’s proposed Route 49 bus represents a potential transportation gold rush, supporting residential real estate in Brewerytown, Fairmount and Grays Ferry by linking those neighborhoods with job-rich University City. But, just…

    • SEPTA approves one-month budget, waits for word from state

SEPTA has smooth ride through City Council budget hearings

The distance between Philadelphia City Hall and SEPTA’s Headquarters is barely a city block, which may help explain the downright neighborly goodwill during Monday’s City Council hearings on SEPTA’s budget. SEPTA…

    • Sidewalk closed | Hammed Mu'min, EOTS Flickr Group

Council advances bill aimed at unblocking sidewalks

On Friday, Philadelphia City Council’s streets committee advanced a bill to address a frustration for Philadelphians: sidewalks shut down by nearby construction. Blocked sidewalks are one of those “good problems” for…

    • Grays Ferry Crescent park and trail

Councilman Johnson introduces budget amendment to maintain Schuylkill River Trail funding

Last week, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced an amendment to Mayor Jim Kenney’s budget proposal that would restore—and even increase — the city’s funding commitment to the Schuylkill River Trail. Under Mayor…

    • Uber windshield

Drivers and disabled give PPA an earful over rules for Uber and Lyft

This Friday Taxi drivers, UberBlack drivers, and disabled residents united to vent their displeasure with the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s loose regulatory grip on Uber and Lyft. The loose coalition that long…

    • Monthly Transpasses no longer have gendered stickers.

PA Supreme Court says city’s anti-discrimination laws don’t apply to SEPTA

In a 4-3 decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Philadelphia’s Fair Practices Ordinance does not cover SEPTA. The decision ends a decade-long legal saga that outlived both the original…

    • SEPTA fare kiosks, new and old

SEPTA’s proposed fare hikes draw rider ire

SEPTA held a pair of public hearings at its headquarters Monday to solicit feedback on proposed fare changes, which would mark modest price increases that nonetheless could have major impacts…

    • Mock up of conceptual plan for Chestnut Street

Blackwell backs parking-protected bike lane on Chestnut Street at community open house

A modest crowd of cyclists and West Philadelphia residents gathered at the Enterprise Center Wednesday evening to listen to planners from the Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (OTIS) and the…

    • Electric Vehicle parking

Kenney returns electric car parking permit moratorium bill to Council unsigned, will become law

In a letter to City Council, Mayor Jim Kenney said he would not sign a bill passed earlier this month that suspends a program allowing electric vehicle (EV) owners apply for…

    • Curbside electric vehicle charging station

After Council changes parking rules, electric car owners hope for a Mayoral veto

Adam Novick cares a lot about the environment. Novick named his son Theodore Elon, after President Theodore Roosevelt (famed conservationist who helped create the National Parks system) and Elon Musk (founder…

    • West Trenton Station, Photo by Neal Santos

What would Trump’s budget mean for Philadelphia transit?

If Congress adopts President Donald J. Trump’s budget proposals, not much would change in Philadelphia, transportation-wise. And that’s a problem, the region’s boosters say. SEPTA is considering two major service expansions—extending…

    • SEPTA transfers at ticket booth, 2017

SEPTA resists petition to end transfer fees

With SEPTA Key’s long-anticipated arrival on the region’s buses, subways and trolleys finally here, some riders think it’s time for SEPTA to update another part of its fare system: transfers. 5th…

    • No Parking: Electric Vehicle Only

Council pulls plug on Philadelphia’s electric vehicle program in rare contested vote

In an 11 to 6 vote, City Council suspended a program that allowed electric vehicle (EV) owners create EV-only parking spots in front of the curbside electrical outlets used to recharge…

    • Walnut Street Bridge cyclist | Ashley Hahn / PlanPhilly

City will replace delineator posts on Walnut Street Bridge bike lane

Like a phoenix from its ashes — or perhaps some lego towers from a toy chest — the delineator posts buffering the bike lane on the Walnut Street Bridge shall rise…

    • Tesla plugged in at the EV-only zone on Delancey Street.

City Council considers bill to suspend pro-electric vehicle program over parking complaints

City Council amended a controversial bill to suspend Philadelphia’s on-street electric vehicle parking permit program amid impassioned public testimony both in support and opposition to the bill. The bill would put…

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