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    • SEPTA Control Center: Market-Frankford El and Broad Street lines

Train derails on Market Frankford elevated line, few injuries reported

A SEPTA Market Frankford elevated line train derailed Saturday morning near Spring Garden Station. A SEPTA spokesman said around 30 passengers were on the train at the time it went off…

    • Third Street in Northern Liberties. | Emma Lee/WHYY

Four reasons why Philadelphia is gentrifying

Should the city’s politicians ever come to a consensus on what to do about gentrification, a new paper from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia offers guidance on how to address…

    • State Capitol building

SEPTA blasts alarm over GOP House budget proposal’s cuts to state transportation funds

SEPTA officials are all train whistles and bus horns this week, warning that Pennsylvania’s ongoing budget woes now threaten their budget and, therefore, your commute. This week, the Republicans in the…

    • Curbside electric vehicle charging station

City announces task force charged with promoting electric car ownership in Philly

On Friday, Mayor Jim Kenney and City Council announced the creation of a joint task force to study ways Philadelphia can encourage — or at least not impede — city residents’…

    • A taxi cab picks up a passenger in Philadelphia. (Emma Lee / WHYY)

PPA delays 2¢ taxi rate increase, approves new mobile app provider

The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) Board of Directors approved Parkmobile, LLC to run MeterUp, its pay-by-mobile parking app. The previous provider, Pango USA, suddenly stopped services in April. It’s one-cent…

    • SEPTA accident inspectors look over the NHSL train that crashed into the train in front of it at 69th Street

NHSL trains collide at 69th Street Station, 42 injured

All 42 people on board a SEPTA Norristown High Speed Line (NHSL) train were injured when it crashed early Tuesday morning at the 69th Street Station.  The train collided with an empty train…

    • SEPTA GM Jeff Knueppel announces debut of SEPTA Transit Watch APP

SEPTA debuts new mobile app allowing riders to text tips to transit police

SEPTA introduced a new app this morning to advance its “see something, say something” safety campaign. The SEPTA Transit Watch app will allows riders to “to discretely report safety and security…

    • Route 47

Camera shy: Union opposed to SEPTA plan to video monitor employees

SEPTA’s largest union is vowing to fight a proposal for live video monitoring of the transit authority’s employees. Representatives from Transport Workers Union Local 234 will meet with management this week…

    • Brian McIntire evaluates the new user interfaces of the SEPTA Key Fare Kiosk (Kim Paynter/WHYYY)

After hundreds accidentally get multiple Key cards, SEPTA takes a step to fix confusing kiosks

SEPTA is taking a tentative step towards improving the user interfaces on its new fare card kiosks, piloting a new set of screens at its headquarters. If the user experience (UX)…

    • Just one of many riders who accidentally ordered multiple SEPTA Keys, Olivia Duffy with her four cards.

You weren’t the only one: After hundreds of riders accidentally get 2nd Key card, SEPTA pledges to fix kiosks, website

We all make mistakes. Often, they are our fault, a product of our own haste or laziness or stupidity. These are the blunders which we ourselves must own. We end up…

    • PATCO entrance

Going up: PATCO to build elevators at six stations

The DRPA board authorized a $31 million, four year project to install eight elevators in six PATCO stations at its monthly board meeting Wednesday. The project will make all PATCO stations…

    • 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

Led by Uber, ride-hailing companies meet wheelchair accessibility threshold

When Uber and Lyft began operations in Philadelphia, most passengers rejoiced as taxi drivers and owners cried. The new competition meant lower prices, a boon for most consumers and bust for…

    • Vision Zero Action Plan: Current conditions of Philadelphia street safety

Council President Clarke calls for Vision Zero implementation plan, despite existence of city’s Vision Zero Action Plan

In response to the death of Peter Javsicas, a multimodal transportation advocate who was hit by a driver on Tuesday while walking on the sidewalk near 16th Street and John…

    • 16th and JFK Boulevard, June 14, 2017

Advocate for multimodal transportation killed in crash at 16th and JFK

Peter Javsicas, a beloved figure in Philadelphia’s small world of transportation engineers and planners and Mt. Airy resident, died Tuesday evening of injuries sustained after a motorist jumped the sidewalk curb…

    • A taxi cab picks up a passenger in Philadelphia. (Emma Lee / WHYY)

Taxicabs’ lawsuit against PPA survives legal challenge, seeks $558 million in damages

A lawsuit by more than 130 medallion taxicab companies against the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) alleging a violation of the companies’ constitutional rights survived a preliminary motion to dismiss on Monday.…

    • Sign for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at Primos Station

SEPTA considering suicide prevention barriers for City Hall Station subway platforms

Thirteen. It’s a number to avoid. Thirteen is bad luck. For SEPTA, thirteen is worse than that. In five of the last six years, 13 people died after being hit by…

    • John Dodds, of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, calls for reverse commute assistance for city residents during a press conference at City Hall. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philadelphia Unemployment Project rallies for more reverse commuting funds

The Philadelphia Unemployment Project (PUP) held a City Hall rally Monday morning to urge City Council to supply more funds for it reverse commuting ride-share program. At the rally, Fourth District…

    • taxi philly city hall

PPA expands taxi flat rate zone for airport trips

On Wednesday morning, the PPA board authorized an expansion of the flat rate zone for taxi trips between Center City and Philadelphia International Airport. The PPA will need to change the…

    • Aerial view of SEPTA's Callowhill facility, 2017 | Google Maps

SEPTA sees the light, OKs solar panels on maintenance facility rooftops

The sky was dark and cloudy outside, but there was nothing but sunshine inside SEPTA’s board room Thursday as the agency approved a contract to install photovoltaic solar panels on the…

    • 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…

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