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    • 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…

    • Septa Bus Advertisement/Emma Lee, WHYY

Chilly reception: New SEPTA ad policy will prohibit ads welcoming Pope, DNC

Philadelphia is pulling out all the stops to welcome Pope Francis when the leader of the Roman Catholic Church visits in September: organizers are amassing a heavenly host of volunteers ten-thousand-strong,…

    • Average loss per passenger ride

SEPTA loses less money on fares than most other metro transit agencies

Every single US metro transit agency loses some money on each passenger trip, but how much money they lose varies. This piece at City Lab shows that, on that score, SEPTA…

    • 9th/10th & Locust PATCO Station Bike Racks/Photo Credit: Bennet Cornelius, PATCO

SEPTA and PATCO hop on bike trend to boost ridership

Last month, SEPTA released its first ever Cycle-Transit Plan, an addendum of sorts to its Sustainability Plan, detailing what the transit authority has done—and will do—to make it easier for cyclists…

    • SEPTA launches official iPhone app

Upcoming Hackathon aims to make getting around Philly easier, needs your ideas

What happens when you cram a couple dozen tech geeks and transit nerds into a room with nothing but coffee, junk food and energy drinks for a weekend? Well, besides the…

    • Route 52, Photo by Ashley Hahn

SEPTA Board approves capital, operating budgets, plus new locomotives

The SEPTA Board was busy yesterday, giving the official OK to both the capital and operating budgets, plus authorizing another $154 million to purchase new locomotives. The board adopted a $534.54…

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

SEPTA is outspending Amtrak on PTC safety technology

Video: Experts analyze Amtrak 188 crash The Inquirer’s Paul Nussbaum interviewed Amtrak’s CEO, Joseph Boardman, asking questions on train safety in the wake of Tuesday’s tragic derailment. Boardman defended Amtrak’s record…

    • Emergency personnel bring in a crane to move the derailed Amtrak train near Port Richmond in North Philadelphia Wednesday morning.

Forthcoming train safety system might have prevented Amtrak 188 tragedy

With the National Transportation Safety Board's Robert Sumwalt confirming earlier reports that Amtrak 188 was travelling over 106 miles per hour, the evidence suggests that the cause of last night’s deadly…

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