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    • Schuylkill Banks offers new adopt-a-bench program

From trucks to trails, Philly’s new $181 million bond will pay for improvements citywide

A new dock for dragon boats, HVAC systems for the city’s homeless shelters, and a cap for I-95 along Penn’s Landing are among the capital projects Mayor Jim Kenney will fund…

    • 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…

    • A temporary No Parking sign says street work is schedule from 1/10/18 to T.B.D.

Residents wait wearily as Water Dept. takes months to replace sewers and mains

On the 2300 block of South Mole Street, a temporary “No Parking” sign is stapled to a telephone poll, banning cars during street work scheduled between “1/10/18” and “T.B.D.” As in,…

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The way SEPTA buys equipment is sluggish and outdated, but fixing it means compromise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

    • 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…

    • Boardwalk Construction on Schuylkill Banks

What does Trump’s infrastructure executive order mean? No one really knows.

Somewhat lost among the flurry of executive orders signed by President Donald Trump last week was one “expediting environmental reviews and approvals for high priority infrastructure projects”.  Some infrastructure…

    • Route 47

SEPTA bus and trolley ridership down, even before city transit strike

Like so many others, SEPTA had a rough 2016. Fiscal Year 2016, that is, which ended June 30th—before the Silverliner V crisis sidelined a third of its Regional Rail fleet and…

    • Grays Ferry Swing Bridge | (c) Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

Public feedback sought on on Schuylkill River Swing Bridge project

Joe Syrnick is entering the New Year swinging for the bridges. At a public feedback open house about the Grays Ferry Swing Bridge this Thursday, Schuylkill River Development Corporation’s President said…

    • Satellite photo showing proposed Midvale CHP site in relation to other SEPTA facilities

Environmentalists boo as SEPTA Board OKs natural gas power plant in Nicetown

SEPTA’s monthly board meeting ended in contained chaos Thursday afternoon as a small cadre of environmental activists protested the board’s authorization of a proposed natural gas cogeneration plant near the Midvale…

    • TWU Local 234 workers rally Friday night and distribute strike signs for the picket lines (Brad Larrison for WHYY)

Deviated SEPTA: As Nov. 1 transit strike deadline nears, still no deal

Negotiations between SEPTA and its largest union continued over the weekend but accord on a new labor contract remained elusive as Monday’s midnight deadline to avert a strike inched hours closer.…

    • Bend it like Benjamin | Convicted Melon
    • Ditches are not potholes according to the Streets Department's categorization of road defects.

They’re just like you: Council gripes about potholes, but Philly streets may start looking better soon

Today, for nearly two hours, City Council grilled the lone witness testifying before the Streets and Services Committee. Councilman Al Taubenberger pressed on technical intricacies and questioning outcomes across in a…

    • 51st Shade of Grey, dirty window series | Al BeFranke

DRPA Dispatch: PATCO ridership rebounding after bridge work; DRPA finances rebounding after mismanagement work

After a year of constrained schedules due to maintenance work on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, ridership on PATCO trains has fully rebounded and may be growing past previous highs. PATCO ridership…

    • Washington Ave - where bike lanes have worn away

Broad coalition forms Vision Zero Alliance to push Kenney on street safety [updated]

Philadelphia should be number one in a race to number zero, says a newly formed coalition of runners, cyclists, motorists, health care providers, business leaders and environmentalists advocating for the implementation…

    • Street Dreams

Street Dreams: How regular citizens beat bureaucracy to reshape Philadelphia

In Philadelphia, many of the pedestrian, bicycle, and recreational amenities we appreciate were born from resident-driven ideas. In this feature PlanPhilly and SPOKE explore what it takes for citizen-driven projects to…

    • 676 Construction | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

U.S. DOT to cities: New highway projects can mend old scars

In an interview last week with PlanPhilly, U. S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx outlined his efforts to encourage policymakers to rethink how cities deal with inner city highways through the…

    • Benjamin Franklin Bridge

Gov. Christie vetoes Port Authority union contracts minutes before deadline

UPDATE: After initial publication, a Christie spokesperson forwarded the letter. This article has been updated with details of the letter, which is available in its entirety below. In a quiet,…

    • Satellite photo showing proposed Midvale CHP site in relation to other SEPTA facilities

Local environmental group questions SEPTA proposal for natural gas plant in Nicetown

SEPTA enjoys a pretty good track record when it comes to bridges, maintaining over 350 that consistently deliver trains safely over rivers and highways across the region. Commuters sometimes grumble when…

    • milled street before paving

Is your street next? The list of streets to be repaved next week

With the regularity of the Jersey Shore’s tides, I get an email every Friday from the Philadelphia Streets Department with this headline: STREET IMPROVEMENT WORK SCHEDULED FOR THE WEEK OF [NEXT…

    • The Walt Whitman Bridge, opened in 1957, is the second oldest of the area's four Delaware River Bridges. Photo courtesy of DRPA

Port Authority unions get first raises since 2010, absent a Christie veto

After years of working without a raise, the Delaware River Port Authority’s (DRPA) unions are poised to sign new collective bargaining agreements. At their meeting Wednesday, the DRPA board voted to…

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