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    • Regional Rail Paoli/Thorndale

As SEPTA Key rolls out, how will weekend TransPass rides work?

At SEPTA’s operational budget hearings earlier this week, Douglas Diehl, a dedicated transit advocate familiar to those of us who frequent SEPTA’s sundry public meetings, asked a question that stumped…

    • Passengers fear they won't be able to afford CCT service if SEPTA raises fares

Riders applaud fiscal management, air grievances at SEPTA operating budget hearing

As they have and will throughout this week of public hearings, a few members of the public provided SEPTA’s budget examiners feedback on the authority’s proposed annual operating budget and…

    • PATCO trains to New Jersey, Photo by Phillytrax

Freedom is the Key: PATCO fare cards will work on SEPTA

At its monthly meeting on Wednesday, the PATCO board approved a contract to overhaul the software behind its Freedom Card to make it compatible with soon-to-finally-arrive SEPTA Key fare payment system.…

    • A SEPTA Key validator

SEPTA Key pilot program to launch on June 13th

At long last, SEPTA’s new payment technology, SEPTA Key, will debut on Monday, June 13th. Well, sort of. SEPTA will launch its “Early Adopter” program that morning, making up to 10,000…

    • Welcome Aboard

SEPTA Capital Budget hints at even more delays for SEPTA Key, shorter wait for real-time ETA technology

SEPTA released its proposed capital budget for Fiscal Year 2017* last week, which roughly sketches the transportation authority’s construction, rehabilitation and vehicle purchase plans for the upcoming year. At 86 pages,…

    • Map of Roosevelt Boulevard and surrounding area

Mayor Kenney kicks off latest round of Roosevelt Boulevard planning. Will it be the last?

Jim Kenney invited the press to the Mayor’s Reception Room Wednesday afternoon to announce the launch of a 3 year, $5 million “Route for Change” study to make Roosevelt Boulevard a…

    • Proposed stations for new enhanced bus service along Roosevelt Boulevard

Bridled enthusiasm for new bus service proposals around University City and Roosevelt Boulevard

The small crowd that gathered at SEPTA’s headquarters in Center City to get an upclose look at the transit agency’s proposed service changes for next year murmured with cautious excitement Monday…

    • A SEPTA Key validator

The Key is patience: SEPTA again delays launch of new smartcard fare system

Once again, SEPTA officials have pushed back the estimated launch date of SEPTA Key, the transportation authority’s new farecard system that will someday replace tokens and tickets on Philadelphia’s buses, trolleys,…

    • SEPTA bus

SEPTA proposes BRT-lite, and a new bus route linking University City, Brewerytown and Grays Ferry

Ah, the signs of springtime in Philadelphia are all around us! Cherry blossoms bloom, river trails crowd, beer gardens pop-up, and new SEPTA bus routes proposed. It’s time once again for…

    • Rendering of the new entrance to reopened tunnel between 30th Street Station and SEPTA's subway and trolley station

30th Street Station District draft plan: Reopen SEPTA tunnel by 2020, cap rail yards by 2050

The 30th Street Station District team released a draft plan for overhauling the station and the surrounding area in advance of the plan’s penultimate public feedback meeting, which will be…

    • Rendering of new 40th Street headhouse with 'Nexus' by Marianne Lovink & Scott Eunson

Art Commission approves 40th St. Station entrance design

The Art Commission has approved designs for four new headhouses at 40th Street Station on SEPTA’s Market-Frankford line in West Philly. The new structures, part of SEPTA’s Art In Transit program,…

    • Crowd of around 200 listen to Liz Smith of SEPTA describe the King of Prussia extension to NHSL

Residents divided over King of Prussia rail extension proposal

Public meetings for transit projects come in one of two flavors: soporific and angry. No one yawned Monday night, when SEPTA publically unveiled preliminary plans to pursue an extension of the…

    • Rendering of rehabilitated Levittown Station

SEPTA sues Tullytown Borough over delays to Levittown Station rehab

SEPTA filed a lawsuit Thursday against Tullytown in lower Bucks County, alleging that the tiny Borough has tried to impose unlawful local taxes, fees and regulatory costs on the transit authority’s…

    • Next Rotem will build 75 rail cars for Boston's MBTA and 56 rail cars for Denver's transit system

SEPTA to overhaul 11 more regional rail cars in South Philly for $6.28 million

SEPTA’s Board approved a contract with Hyundai-Rotem last week to rehabilitate 11 Bombardier regional rail cars for $6.28 million. The work will be performed at Hyundai-Rotem’s South Philadelphia factory, which was…

    • The $100 million City Hall Station overhaul is on SEPTA's list of deferred capital projects

SEPTA begins scheduling system improvements with next year’s capital budget

SEPTA kicked off the capital budget season Wednesday afternoon with a pair of open houses on the Fiscal Year 2017 capital budget and 12-year capital program. SEPTA’s estimated capital budget for…

    • Mayor Michael Nutter, 2011 | Neal Santos for PlanPhilly

Mayoral Mobility: How Philly got around, got along, and got by under Nutter

PlanPhilly is taking a look back at Philadelphia during the Nutter Years and down the road at what to expect from the Kenney administration. Jim Saksa offers the next installment in…

    • SEPTA poster

January 14: SEPTA hears it from regional rail riders | Manayunk condo accepts Bitcoins | North Philly political crossfire

Powerful electrician's union leader John Dougherty stepped down as 1st Ward leader, reports Holly Otterbein, and committeepeople elected 20th division committeeman Tom Rumbaugh to take his place. This fall, Dougherty …

    • Unofficial SEPTA Frequent Service Map by Thomson Kao

What if SEPTA had a better bus map? A rider tried making one.

SEPTA’s bus maps leave something to be desired. A few somethings, really. First, good luck finding them. They are on the buses themselves, but that’s usually a little bit too late…

    •  15 Trolley, 15th and Girard | Theresa Stigale

It's been a bumpy ride. Philly Transportation: A Year in Review

As 2015 draws to a close, it’s only natural to look back and reflect. Virtually every news story you’ll read this week, including this one, is some variant of “A Year…

    • SEPTA Key Kiosk

Why is SEPTA Key arriving two years late?

SEPTA Key is the Philadelphia straphanger’s Godot: a tale of absurd waiting, punctuated by the occasional news that the long anticipated “won’t come this evening, but surely tomorrow.” If SEPTA does…

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