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    • Washington and Passyunk, August 2015
Eyes on the Street

December 3: Vision Zero Conference ticket giveaway

Over the last year we’ve talked a lot about Vision Zero, the international policy movement geared at eliminating traffic deaths. The premise: Crashes are preventable. Mayor-elect Jim Kenney has endorsed…

    • Demolition, Photo by Phillytrax
Eyes on the Street

Public deserves to know what's in demolition safety plans

The recent trial about the fatal demolition-related disaster at 22nd and Market streets revealed stark details about negligence, risky demolition decisions, and the human costs of putting speed over safety…

    • NTSB IIC Mike Flanigon briefs Vice Chairman Dinh-Zarr on the scene of the Amtrak Train #188 Derailment in Philadelphia, PA | NTSB, Creative Commons

Six months later, what has been done to prevent another Amtrak 188?

Thursday marks six months since Amtrak passenger train no. 188 derailed, killing eight passengers and seriously injuring more than 200. As it approached the Frankford Junction curve in North Philadelphia, Amtrak…

    • member robert sumwalt on the scene of the amtrak train 188 derailment in philadelphia pa flickr photo sharing

Congress extends Positive Train Control deadline and the Highway Trust Fund’s insolvency

Congress passed a bill yesterday extending the federal deadline for railroads to implement Positive Train Control safety technologies by three to five years. The original deadline to install PTC on all…

    • Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE)

Philly pols make cameos in PPA's new red light camera PSA videos

Wednesday’s Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) Board meeting saw local politicians taking star turns for red light cameras and saw a few sparks over shifts in the authority’s position on ride-hailing companies.…

    • Help Locator along Schuylkill River Trail

Streetsplainer: What to do in an emergency on the Schuylkill River Trail?

Reports of assaults along the Schuylkill River Trail and social media accounts of 911 dispatchers who did not know what callers meant by “Schuylkill River Trail”, have left some users worried…

    • First African Baptist

First African Baptist church fined, City to brace dangerous wall

Municipal Court Judge David Shuter has fined First African Baptist Church $10,000 for failing to comply with a previous court order to brace an “imminently dangerous” parapet wall on the east…

    • Pedestrian Crash Locations

Three takeaways from NYC DOT's Vision Zero Talk at DVRPC

We've been covering pedestrian safety issues a lot over the past year as the Vision Zero issue has made its way into the election year conversation. Simply put, that's the idea…

    • ghosts in the subway

Study suggests lower crime leads to less driving

Often, urban policies are presented as trade offs, a series of zero-sum games where the government can try to fix problem A or B, and improving one will have negligible effect…

    • Radar Speed Sign

Streetsplainer: Do radar speed signs ever really slow drivers down?

You’ve seen them on trailers next to construction zones on the highway, permanently affixed to traffic poles near schools, and perhaps on the street next to the office. Radar speed…

    • Official Papal Walking Map

Secret Service releases official Pope Map and banned item list

The Secret Service released a statement this afternoon listing the official pedestrian routes for all of the papal visit events, as well as a list of items that will be banned…

    • Alan Butkovitz

Butkovitz reports businesses frustrated with papal visit logistics

City Controller Alan Butkovitz held a press conference today to criticize Mayor Michael Nutter’s communications with businesses in advance of the papal visit. Citing a survey of hospitality businesses located within…

    • Project H.O.M.E. Outreach Response Worker Sam Santiago, center, assisting a homeless man sleeping under a bridge in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Keystone Crossroads: Some Pa. cities' laws against sleeping outside may be unconstitutional

At least 50 Pennsylvania municipalities legislate against sleeping or camping in public places. The municipalities are among an untold number of places nationwide where officials should be on notice, some say,…

    • Uber Ride Request

Temple Profs: UberX lowers DUI deaths

Does the expansion of ride-hailing services like UberX reduce drunk driving? According to two Temple professors, the answer is yes, and for the first time, they have the rigorous numbers to…

    • Strawberry Mansion damage

How tailgaters run amok at Historic Strawberry Mansion

There are seven historic house museums in the City of Philadelphia and each one has a unique history. These houses are the city’s link to its historic past. One of these…

    • Walking distances, times (at 'senior' pace of 1 mph)

NJ officials announce Papal visit transportation plans

When Pope Francis comes to town, the Garden State will look like anything but the Garden of Eden. More than 100,000 private vehicles, and perhaps as many as 250,000, are expected…

    • Yuri Zalzman, who has operated the Gun Range the past three years, wants to sell firearms from his shooting range / Bobby Allyn for PlanPhilly

Arguments continue over Spring Garden shooting range's right to supply and sell arms

Philadelphia’s Zoning Board of Adjustment didn’t make a decision today over whether a gun shop can open in a shooting range close to Spring Garden Street, but the debate previewed what…

    • The Gun Range is located at North Percy and Spring Garden streets. Neighbors have protested that the facility should not be allowed to sell guns. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Community groups push back against plan for gun shop in Spring Garden area

A proposal to open a gun shop near Philadelphia's Spring Garden Street is confronting a growing resistance from neighbors and community groups. The plan calls for selling weapons inside an existing…

    • member robert sumwalt on the scene of the amtrak train 188 derailment in philadelphia pa flickr photo sharing

Unlike most railroads, SEPTA and Amtrak on pace to implement Positive Train Control by end of year deadline

The Federal Railroad Administration released a status report on implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) safety technologies in advance of a December 31, 2015 deadline set by Congress. The status report…

    • Updated SEPTA Regional Rail & Rail Transit Papal Visit Map

SEPTA to hold online lottery for Papal Regional Rail passes Aug. 3rd

Should I pray to St. Christopher, the patron saint of travel, or Saint Cajetan, the patron saint of gamblers? That’s the question devout Catholics hoping to take SEPTA Regional Rail…

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