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    • 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…

    • Water main replacement at S. Carlisle St. in South Philadelphia

Neighbors in River Wards convene panel of experts over lead poisoning concerns

Concerned by recent reports on the dangers of lead poisoning from contaminated soil, dust, and old plumbing, residents in Fishtown and Kensington organized a panel of experts to discuss ways of…

    • Jane Jacobs at home in Toronto

Eyes on the Regression Line: Jane Jacobs undergoes a statistic analysis

What led a statistics PhD from Harvard to replicate the work of a journalist who never finished college? Shane Jensen, now a professor at the Wharton School of Business, first read…

    • Jake Liefer and his PAC, 5th Square, are suing to stop parking in the median on South Broad Street. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Courting driver fury, group sues PPA to end median parking on Broad

In South Philadelphia, the median of the Broad Street thoroughfare is usually full of parked cars. It’s a long-standing tradition in these densely packed rowhouse neighborhoods, one that provokes astonishment and…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • Sharrows are symbols that remind drivers and cyclists to share the lane.

Council considering bills to cut taxes on affordable housing, add short 15th Street bike lane

The final City Council session in May proved to be a quiet affair, with multiple presentations and photo ops dominating the proceedings. Here are a few highlights from the otherwise quiescent…

    • 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.…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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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SEPTA pulls 40 Market Frankford railcars after cracks discovered

For SEPTA, the hits keep on coming. SEPTA announced Sunday evening that cracks were discovered on the bolster beams on two Market Frankford Line rail cars. SEPTA decided to pull another…

    • High five for Silverliner V on Bryn Mawr run

SEPTA updates Regional Rail schedules to address delays from new safety system

SEPTA placed new Regional Rail schedules into effect Sunday in response to chronically late trains over the last few months. The schedule update was driven in part by SEPTA’s introduction of…

    • Throngs of cyclists and pedestrians taking advantage of a carless Saturday on South Street during the inaugural Philly Free Streets (Bas Slabbers/For WHYY)

City officials optimistic that 2017 will bring smoother, safer streets

Conversations about how Philadelphians should share the city’s roads often feel like a traffic jam: Tense, angry, and going nowhere fast. Little old ladies turn into virulent vulgarians, and Earth-worshipping vegan…

    • septa platform

SEPTA already screens for suspected cause of deadly Hoboken train crash

In the wake of September’s deadly train crash in Hoboken, federal regulators want railroads to do more to keep engineers awake. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) ordered New Jersey Transit to…

    • Some day these stairs from the South Street Bridge will connect to a new trail segment extending southward to Christian Street.

Schuylkill River Trail extension to Christian Street fully funded, as Philadelphia wins $4.6 million in state transportation grants

PennDOT announced the award of its Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF) grants late last week, and Philadelphia will get four totaling $4.6 million. The MTF was created in 2013 by Act 89,…

    • Distracted driving | AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

Can Pennsylvania help drivers kick deadly cellphone addictions to the curb?

Christmas came in August to 6ABC, when two viewers sent in a video of a driver steering her car through I-76 traffic with her foot because her hands were busy tapping…

    • DVRPC-led study will look at improved public transit on Roosevelt Boulevard

House Committee hears emotional testimony in favor of speed cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard

Emotional testimony given at Friday’s hearing on speed cameras stirred up sad memories for Representative Ed Neilson. After listening to Angie Dellavella’s description of witnessing a pedestrian’s death first hand, and…

    • 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…

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