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    • 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…

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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…

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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…

    • Crash on Henry Avenue at West Queen Lane (file) | NewsWorks

East Falls asks PennDOT for 'radical' changes to make Henry Avenue safer

In East Falls, a long controversy around a very short stretch of road is reaching its crescendo.   Back in 2012, PennDOT released an initial report for improving safety along the…

    • The wide, high-traffic Boulevard poses a challenge to pedestrians

Rep. Taylor, AAA, and others rally for speed enforcement via radar and cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard

Tuesday morning’s press conference in a dollar store parking lot on Roosevelt Boulevard attracted a small crowd of curious onlookers. The event, called to rally support for a new bill to…

    • The 12-lane Boulevard has an 80-foot-wide central median

Northeast Philly residents help chart a 'Route for Change' on Roosevelt Boulevard

“There’s not enough time to cross. And even if it’s your light, the cars are turning, and you can feel the wind behind you as you’re crossing the street,” said one…

    • Bartram's Mile -- CSX freight rail next to Bartram's Garden

Freight Rail Safety bill chugs along following hearing, to union delight

To hear Paul Pokrowka describe it, the average railroad engineer has little in common with Casey Jones. “I’d be lying to you if I told you I hadn’t fallen asleep…

    • 30th Street Bridge after officials threw the switch

Eyes on the Trail: Officials respond to Schuylkill River crime with lighting and town watch

Emil Nunez liked to walk along the Schuylkill River Trail. During the day, he could admire the trail’s handful of landscaped gardens, the silty river’s languid tranquility, and the statues dotted…

    • L&I demolition notice on Church of the Assumption

Ordinance would deliver earlier public notice for demolitions

Is the problem with Philadelphia demolitions that the approval process is too slow? That is one of the underlying assumptions behind changes to the city’s demolition practices being considered in City…

    • The NTSB Go Team arrives on the scene of the Amtrak Train #188 Derailment in Philadelphia, PA.  // NTSB

NTSB releasing Amtrak crash investigation documents, findings to follow in spring

On Monday, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will release its investigation docket on last May's Amtrak 188 crash. Read NewsWorks coverage of the docket here. The docket contains the…

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Kenney pledges traffic enforcement, more balanced streets at Vision Zero conference

Kenney watchers are by now familiar with one of the Mayor-elect’s favorite ranting subjects: his disgust with construction sites hogging city sidewalks. From the way he talks about this common construction…

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