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    • SEPTA Bus Routes and walking distances

SEPTA announces bus route changes for papal visit, still has regional rail passes available

We know what you’ve been thinking. “Hey, it’s been, like, two days since I saw a new papal visit map! What gives?” Have no fear, dear reader: SEPTA’s got you. At…

    • Double decker bus operated by PTC in 1940

Streetsplainer update: Turns out a SEPTA predecessor used double-decker buses

Ok, so this isn’t so much an update as the correction of an oversight from last week’s Streetsplainer on why SEPTA doesn’t use double decker buses. Reader Ira Schreiber of…

    • SEPTA Papal Map

Transit agencies: Plenty of papal passes still available

Catholic masses end with the priest exhorting the parishioners: “Go in peace.” Pilgrims looking to make it into Philadelphia for the Papal visit September 26th and 27th should heed that advice…

    • Double Decker Bus in London

Streetsplainer: Why doesn't SEPTA use double-decker buses?

“Why doesn’t SEPTA use double-decker buses?” I hear this question all the time. It’s probably the second most popular question I get as PlanPhilly’s transportation reporter (“When will SEPTA Key be…

    • Route 66 Trackless Trolley

Get your kicks on Route 66: Philly’s first line with transit signal prioritization also under consideration for stop consolidations

As SEPTA’s popular Route 66 trackless trolley runs up and down its six-mile stretch of Frankford Avenue, it stops dozens of times. At some points, the stops are less than 300…

    • 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 Map for Papal Visit

Double Down: SEPTA to hold 2nd online papal pass lotto for NHSL and 101/102 trolleys

SEPTA is doubling down on 12. August 12th, to be exact: that’s when SEPTA will hold another online lottery for Papal visit passes. SEPTA held a lottery on Monday for its…

    • 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…

    • Pope Francis

PPA executive reveals Papal plans: 700,000 on the parkway, security perimeter around Center City, SEPTA bus suspensions and more

Philadelphians thinking about renting out their homes for the Pope’s weekend visit on September 26th and 27th might want to consider tacking on that Friday: That’s when the most—if not all—of…

    •  15 Trolley, 15th and Girard | Theresa Stigale

Who owns the streets of Philadelphia? It’s complicated...

Who owns the streets of Philadelphia? If you were like me, you would probably say, “Bruce Springsteen” and grin smugly, as though this wasn’t the millionth time someone made…

    • SEPTA Route 23 and old trolley tracks. www.phillytrolley.org

Streetsplainer: There’s no trolley, so why the tracks?

Sometimes, bicycling around a city can make you feel a little like Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark. What’s a rolling boulder compared to a Ford Excursion rolling…

    • Panel at Speak Easy Forum

Philadelphia Streets Under Pressure: A recap and resource kit

Under pressure. So describes the state of Philadelphia’s streets, where the competing interests of drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and delivery trucks often boil over into shouting matches and recriminations. As with anything…

    • Kimberly Washington shows off SEPTA protest shirt

Neighbors protest SEPTA building plans near Frankford Transit Center

As she started her comments before the SEPTA Board, Kimberly Washington, the executive director of the Frankford Community Development Corporation was calm, cool, even. But with every word, her voice filled…

    • Route 52, Photo by Ashley Hahn

SEPTA Board authorizes thirteen service changes, including split of Route 23 bus

The SEPTA Board adopted an annual service plan containing a baker’s dozen changes to its routes. SEPTA had considered sixteen proposals, culled from hundreds of public suggestions and staff recommendations, and…

    • MOTU PSA on the 23 bus stop at 11th and Lombard.

Streetsplainer: Why do the buses stop every block?

“Why do we stop at EVERY corner?” is one of the more common complaints among younger bus riders. It seems intuitively obvious that stopping more=slower rides, especially when you stop to…

    • Downed Trees in East Falls/Brian Hickey, WHYY

Storm knocks out PATCO's morning service for Wednesday 6/24, impacts some SEPTA Regional Rail lines

 PlanPhilly tracks our web traffic by the hour, so we know many of you check the website at ungodly times like 5 and 6 A.M., presumably before work. This update is…

    • SEPTA Stations Providing Service During Papal Visit

Secret Service calling shots for (but saying little else about) Papal Visit

If you’ve been frustrated with the lack of details so far about road closures and other transportation disruptions to expect during the Papal Visit in September, there is one agency to…

    • Rendering of 30th Street Station

From lowly rail yards to high-end real estate: Dreaming of a transformed 30th Street Station District

The 30th Street Station District planning team held an open house at their namesake station yesterday, showing off a series of design elements organized into three diagrams in the hopes of…

    • Mayor Nutter at Papal Visit Transportation Conference

Is Philadelphia underestimating how many will come to see Pope Francis?

Donna Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of the Families, described Pope Francis as comforting during today’s press conference on public transportation options when the Holy Father visits on September…

    • Three proposed

30th Street Station District Plan to reveal 3 bold diagrams for capping rail yards; seeks public feedback

On Wednesday, the 17-member organization team led by Amtrak, Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel University, PennDOT and SEPTA that is developing a comprehensive plan for the 30th Street Station District will unveil…

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