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    • Poster board with resident comments on sticky pads at Route 49 open house

SEPTA previews new bus route to link University City with Brewerytown, Fairmount and Grays Ferry

Bathrooms. It always begins and ends with bathrooms. A SEPTA bus route, that is—they all must have a bathroom at the end of the route for drivers to use during their…

    • It was standing room only as protestors fill SEPTA's board room in opposition to a proposed gas plant in Nicetown

Amid angry protest songs, SEPTA board approves Nicetown gas plant, again

For a second time, SEPTA’s board authorized the construction of gas and heat cogeneration gas plant next to Roberts Rail Yard and the Midvale Bus Depot in Nicetown on Thursday. As…

    • Next Rotem will build 75 rail cars for Boston's MBTA and 56 rail cars for Denver's transit system

The way SEPTA buys equipment is sluggish and outdated, but fixing it means compromise

Last week PlanPhilly reported that SEPTA is expected to award a contract to build bilevel railcars for service on regional rail lines. Today Jim Saksa takes a step back to explain…

    • MBTA Rotem bi-level coaches

SEPTA to pick Massachusetts-based company to build bilevel railcars over Hyundai Rotem in South Philly

At its meeting next week, SEPTA’s board is expected to award CRRC MA Corporation a $137.5 million contract to build 45 bilevel railcars for Regional Rail. SEPTA picked the Chinese-owned company…

    • SEPTA is working to phase out tokens and paper transfers by mid 2014

SEPTA transit fares to go up starting July 1st

Starting July 1st, stepping onto SEPTA will set you back slightly more.  It's SEPTA's first fare increase since 2013. The authority planned to raise prices last year, but delayed the jump…

    • Diagram of proposed typical N. American Street cross section

Time’s a ticking on TIGER grant funded projects held up by American Street redesign

The clock is ticking on a project to transform North American Street in Kensington from a barren industrial roadway into a verdant, commercial avenue. If the city doesn’t meet rapidly approaching…

    • SEPTA Key

SEPTA Key makes its wide release this month, to debut on the Airport Line in April

Like an art house film with a lot of hype, SEPTA Key is finally going from limited release to wide distribution. SEPTA riders who have been clamoring to get their hands…

    • Milled street before paving

Potholes a thing of the past? Mayor Kenney calls for $174 million for increase to paving budget

In his budget address last week, Mayor Jim Kenney called for $174 million in capital funds for street repaving over the next 6 years. The plan is to ramp up to…

    • Delaware River protected bike trail

Vision Zero Action Plan: A Modest Proposal

On Tuesday the City of Philadelphia released a draft of its Vision Zero Action Plan, a three-year roadmap for the first leg of a long march towards zero traffic fatalities.…

    • Uber windshield

Seeing red, UberBlack drivers seek to unionize

In many ways, Uber is the platonic ideal of the so-called “gig economy” business. It’s an app-based platform “disrupting” an established industry—taxicabs—with a business model that uses technology to circumvent the…

    • City Hall | (c) Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

Putting Philadelphia’s $149 million pension fund loss into context

It is not hyperbole to blame Philadelphia’s underfunded pensions for the city’s high taxes, dirty sidewalks, potholed-filled streets, and struggling schools. Every dollar the city has to…

    • Proposed Chestnut Street bike lane configuration from 2015 study by Philadelphia Streets Department

City plans parking-protected bike lane for Chestnut Street in West Philly

At Wednesday’s Vision Zero conference, the city’s Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (OTIS) shared its plans to build a parking-protected bicycle lane on Chestnut Street between 34th and 45th…

    • Tony Brooks tries out Philadelphia's new wheelchair accessible taxi in the parking lot of the Philadelphia Parking Authority's Taxicab and Limousine Division. (2015) | Emma Lee / WHYY

As Uber and Lyft drive on, now formally licensed, disabled and taxis say they are being left behind

Over the past few months, the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) boardroom has been the site of much gnashing of teeth, wailing of woes, and pulling of hair over the first illegal…

    • SEPTA crash at 69th Street Station, February 21, 2017 | Emily Cohen for NewsWorks

Councilman Johnson calls for safety hearings on SEPTA

Citing SEPTA’s string of sidelined rail cars, Tuesday’s derailment of a pair of out-of-service Market-Frankford Line trains, and a trolley collision in January, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a resolution at Thursday’s…

    • I-95 construction, 2016 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

PennDOT Secretary hopes to connect the planning dots with new initiative

PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards is a planner, in the professional sense of the word. That slightly unusual fact—most of her predecessors had traffic engineering backgrounds—helps explain her excitement for the…

    • Poster for Boulevard Direct Bus

SEPTA proposes new buses for University City, Roosevelt Blvd.

SEPTA unveiled the name for its new express bus service coming to Roosevelt Boulevard: the Boulevard Direct Bus. Technically, the Boulevard Direct Bus is a mere proposal—nothing set in stone—one of…

    • A SEPTA Key validator

SEPTA Key rollout so capricious, complicated and slow, even the transit authority’s spokesman left confused

Yesterday, PlanPhilly reported on SEPTA Key’s latest incremental update, saying that riders could pick up a card without also purchasing a weekly or monthly Transpass at SEPTA’s headquarters at 1234 Market…

    • Radar Speed Sign

Bill to give local cops speedometers on Harrisburg's radar

In Pennsylvania, local cops are armed with all sorts of guns. The standard issue at many police departments includes both a .40 caliber Glock pistol and a stun gun. Members of…

    • MFL Berks station

SEPTA continues to unlock Key: Riders can now replace tokens without buying a pass first, available at 69th Street

For SEPTA token lovers, winter is coming. Just as a wintry snowstorm is expected to blanket the region and make getting around more difficult, SEPTA will take another step in its…

    • SEPTA General Manager Jeff Knueppel describes the problem affecting rail cars on the Market Frankford line. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

SEPTA unsure how long mild MFL shortage will last

SEPTA has no idea how long it will take to fix the problem now sidelining 60 rail cars on the Market Frankford Line (MFL). But as dire as that might sound,…

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