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    • SEPTA Key Kiosk

Can SEPTA Key unlock a better tomorrow or will it lock in bitter disappointment?

4,323. That’s how many words long SEPTA’s FAQ is for its new fare system, SEPTA Key. That’s longer than Hamlet’s oft cut play-within-a-play by a solid thousand words. And just like…

    • SEPTA poster

Delays reported on the SEPTA Key: "Sometime in 2015" for most lines, March 2016 for regional rail

It seems as though SEPTA officials have learned to stop giving estimates for the launch of SEPTA Key, given how often it's been pushed back. “Sometime in 2015” for the…

    • Indego unveiling

Philly Bike Share update: How cash rentals will work, apps, maps and more

I first encountered bike share in Barcelona. It was 2009 and I was desperately hungover, having spent the last few days in a small town Hemingway made famous and partaking in…

    • septa workforce

What SEPTA’s doing about the lack of women working in public transit

Following PlanPhilly’s somewhat surprising discovery that SEPTA’s ridership apparently is more predominantly female than any other public transportation system in the nation (which themselves were all predominantly female), we decided to…

    • 676 streetscape improvements including cap

Low bids on I-676 bridge rehab frees up funds for Chestnut St. bridge work

They say you need to spend money to make money. That’s no mere cliché when it comes to public infrastructure spending – Philadelphia’s economic machinery would grind to a halt if…

    • Indego unveiling

More Bike share details released as IBX unveiled as sponsor

In an eagerly anticipated rollout, Mayor Michael Nutter announced the official name and corporate sponsor of Philadelphia’s bike share program: Indego, brought to you by Independence Blue Cross. Flanked by…

    • With more than 100 Silverliner Vs on track, regional rail advocates can focus more attention on passenger experience

SEPTA races to comply with federal law that other transit authorities ignore

SEPTA is on pace to meet a federal mandate to implement a safety system known as Positive Train Control (PTC) by the end of this year.  If it does, it will…

    • Traffic on DRPA toll bridges is down 13% since 2007.

DRPA update: New LCDs, now; real time info, soon; bridge work, neverending.

PATCO riders everywhere will get to enjoy staring at brand new LCD and LED screens while waiting for their trains by the end of this month. The Delaware River Port Authority…

    • The main hall of 30th St. Station. (Courtesy Amtrak/Chuck Gomez)

Will plans for 30th St. Station District include capping rail yards? That's up to you

A lot of people have a lot of big plans for 30th Street Station – capping the rail yard to its North, re-opening the tunnel between it and the Market-Frankford Line…

    • workride2

SEPTA has largest percentage of female riders – 64% - among large transit agencies

As Valentine’s Day approaches, lonelier Philadelphians will be riding the singles circuit around town, cruising the bars. But if you’re looking for the woman of your dreams, you might be better…

    • suburban video wall

Next to arrive on all SEPTA platforms: real time ETA data

If all goes according to plan, riders will barely recognize SEPTA in two years. Like the protagonist of a 90’s teen movie, SEPTA is in the midst of transforming itself…

    • Trains to New Jersey

DRPA doings: Board drops Johnny Doc, Riverlink Ferry; gains wifi and SEPTA Key access

This morning's Delaware River Port Authority board meeting was about as jam-packed and exciting as transportation authority board meetings can get, replete with (extremely respectful) demonstrators, (long-planned) approvals for major projects,…

    • Leslie Richards

Tom Wolf picks MontCo Commissioner and DVRPC Chair Leslie Richards to head PennDOT

Governor-elect Tom Wolf announced today his choice for Department of Transportion secretary: Montgomery County Commissioner and Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission Chair Leslie Richards. She will need to be confirmed by…

    • The Streets Department plans to replace the bridge beginning late next year

P3 project to replace 558 PennDOT bridges starting this summer

PennDOT has finalized the contract terms for its $899 million Rapid Bridge Replacement project with Plenary Walsh Keystone Partnership. With the legal details set and contracts signed, construction to replace 558…

    • RiverLink Ferry

DRPA to sell off RiverLink Ferry

At its first meeting of 2015, the Delaware River Port Authority’s Finance Committee voted to recommend the sale of the RiverLink Ferry to a joint venture between the Delaware River Waterfront…

    • Trains to New Jersey

Comcast to provide free wifi at PATCO stations

Waiting for the next PATCO train is about to become a bit more tolerable for web addicts. At the Delaware River Port Authority Operations & Management Committee meeting this morning, PATCO…

    • The Family Court Building (right) and Free Library help define Logan Square's civic architecture.

Requiem for a new urbanist dream

When PennDOT announced that it was replacing seven bridges over the Vine Street Expressway without taking the opportunity to also cap all four of the ventilation openings amongst them, a Greek…

    • Manhole covers will be reset before resurfacing.

Streetsplaining: Why resurfacing means a dozen days of dimpled roads

To bicyclists, road repaving feels a lot like pledging a fraternity: it’s a real pain in the ass for a bit and then three or four years of smooth sailing. And…

    • After 40th Street Bridge construction ends, work on the 41st Street Bridge will begin in late 2013

Year-end update on Streets Dept. capital projects

Broad Street – Avenue of the Arts North:  This $8.7 million project to install around 50 light towers on Broad Street’s median from Spring Garden to Temple’s campus is moving…

    • jolly trolley interior

A Miracle on the 34 Line

Santa takes a flying reindeer sleigh, but most of us commute to work using something a bit more pedestrian, like SEPTA. But every holiday season, a handful of trolley operators and…

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