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    • Traffic on Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia, one of the corridors targeted for improvements in new city plan.

Killing SEPTA transfer fees, charging for parking differently — it's all in Philly's new transportation plan

The City of Philadelphia released what may be its most ambitious and concretely detailed transportation plan yet on Wednesday. Called CONNECT, the seven-year plan details the goals, strategies and tactics officials…

    • Election Day

Free transit on Election Day? SEPTA votes no

A group of civic-minded citizens wants SEPTA to offer free rides on Election Day this year as a way of encouraging voters to show up to the polls. But the transit…

    • Shake Shack bought and installed a bike corral for its Center City location.

City seeks to stop cars from parking illegally in front of fire hydrants by parking bikes there instead

Drivers hate to get parking tickets when they don’t notice an open spot isn’t actually a spot. Cyclists curse when all the bike racks in an area are full. And you…

    • A cyclist tentatively rolls into the street at Belmont and Parkside Avenues.

Life in the slow lane: The bureaucratic nightmare of building a bike network

How long does it take to build a bike lane? Upwards of five years — if not longer — thanks to the all the red tape stuck to the state and…

    • An Old City District rendering shows a redesigned Market Street.

State gives $12M for Philly transportation projects

In a few years time, Market Street in Old City may look brand new, thanks to a $3 million state grant announced Tuesday. The project is one of six Philadelphia projects…

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

False alarm: e-scooters won’t hit Philly until 2019

Over the weekend, Philly Twitter lit up in bright green with reports that Lime, an electric scooter and dockless-bike share company, had begun operations in town. But those e-scooters that showed…

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A Philly-Pittsburgh Hyperloop? State House resolution calls for feasibility study

It’s not hyperbole to say that no contemporary transit proposal has received as much hype as the Hyperloop — Elon Musk’s concept for intercity travel at nearly supersonic speeds seemingly inspired…

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

Philadelphia officials promise crackdown on Center City traffic scofflaws

Philadelphia officials Thursday announced a concentrated crackdown on traffic scofflaws to address Center City’s growing traffic congestion problems. Speaking alongside officials from the Philadelphia Police Department, the Philadelphia Parking Authority, SEPTA,…

    • sprouts

Grocery stores are popping up in Philadelphia. Don't be fooled, the boom is over

As the sun peaked over the High School for Creative and Performing Arts across South Broad Street, a crowd of more 200 people stood on line in front of a new…

    • Woodland Cemetery petition

Petition wants to make visiting the dead at Woodlands Cemetery safer for the living

Woodlands Cemetery director Jessica Baumert wants people to visit the historic West Philadelphia burial grounds. But those visits shouldn't turn into permanent stays because of the dangerous road conditions right outside…

    • Laura Fredricks reads a statement regarding the settlement with Gold Medal Environmental about her daughter's death.

$6M settlement goes to family of cyclist killed on Philly bike lane while planned safety fixes remain incomplete

The trash hauling company responsible for the truck that struck and killed 24-year-old cyclist Emily Fredricks last November has settled with the Fredricks family for $6 million. In addition to the…

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

Philly NAACP chapter accuses SEPTA of 'toxic' work culture

Over the weekend, the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP accused SEPTA management of creating a “toxic” work environment among lower-level management of union-represented employees. “Of course, their cases are all different,”…

    • Cyclists pedal through Center City during the Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride 2018. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Cyclists let it all hang out at 10th annual Philly Naked Bike Ride

David Pumo joined the Philly Naked Bike Ride because of something his father-in-law said. “He said ‘I think the reason why people are uptight about gay marriage is because they're uptight…

    • This post-collision photograph shows the three trains involved in the 2017 SEPTA crash. (Photo courtesy of SEPTA)

Federal safety board faults now-retired SEPTA operator for 2017 El fender-bender

A newly released final report from the National Transportation Safety Board found a SEPTA train operator squarely to blame for a Market Frankford Line crash that injured four people last year.…

    • One of Doylestown's decorative street lamps near the intersection of Main and State streets

Bill seeks to streamline faster wireless broadband, steamroll local control of the streetscape

Jack O’Brien was explaining how Doylestown got into this legal mess when the call cut out. There was some static, some garble, and then the connection strengthened a bit. “That’s the…

    • SEPTA Key

Glitch gives some SEPTA Key holders a free ride in London, Chicago

Some Philadelphians traveling outside the region by bus or train have noticed an unexpected perk of having a SEPTA Key Card in their wallets: free rides elsewhere. SEPTA has confirmed reports…

    • A SEPTA Key validator

Come Sept. 1, seniors will need new Key Cards (or old driver’s licenses) to ride SEPTA for free.

SEPTA’s effort to replace all its tickets, tokens, and other fare instruments with the KEY Card continues to creep along. The latest step in the long, slow path to full implementation…

    • A day in the life: A pre-sunrise view toward City Hall from North Broad Street on Aug. 28, 2017. | Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY

A day in the life of Philadelphia, and the people who make it go

It is a miracle that Philadelphia works at all. The whole idea is implausible. Before you can take something even as simple as a morning shower, a dozen different things must…

    • An illustration of a train rolling past the Foundry is found on a utility box at a parking lot along Bridge Street in Phoenixville

A long-shot plan to extend Regional Rail to Phoenixville could revolutionize how infrastructure is built

A bit before dusk on a gray and muggy Tuesday night, a familiar sight comes rumbling through the east end of Phoenixville: Another freight train slowly chugs by, stretching as far…

    • Cyclists form a

Volunteers count vehicles in the bike lanes as upgrade work on Pine and Spruce is delayed

The bike lanes on Pine and Spruce streets are Philly’s versions of the watched pot that never boils. While volunteers from the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia engage in a week-long…

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