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    • Devil's Pool in the fall (Credit: Gary Citrone)

Why "slippery rail season" ruins your commute

Note: It's that time of year again, when the leaves change color and blanket the ground in a variegated cover. This is a repost of an article we ran November…

Streetsplainer: What the heck do those “The space between these lines not dedicated” street markers mean?

Occasionally, I walk around Philly with my head down, Charlie Brown-like, often after a rough Phillies loss or because I made the mistake of looking at my checking account balance. When…

    • It's Slippery Rail Season, folks.

Streetsplainer: It’s 'Slippery Rail Season' - What the heck is that?

It’s November, so we’re smack dab in the middle of what SEPTA calls slippery rail season and PATCO calls leaf season. At the Thanksgiving dinner that is public transit in the…

    • Help Locator along Schuylkill River Trail

Streetsplainer: What to do in an emergency on the Schuylkill River Trail?

Reports of assaults along the Schuylkill River Trail and social media accounts of 911 dispatchers who did not know what callers meant by “Schuylkill River Trail”, have left some users worried…

    • Radar Speed Sign

Streetsplainer: Do radar speed signs ever really slow drivers down?

You’ve seen them on trailers next to construction zones on the highway, permanently affixed to traffic poles near schools, and perhaps on the street next to the office. Radar speed…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • Bus Stop Pad at 7th and Chestnut St./Jim Saksa, PlanPhilly

Streetsplainer: What’s with those concrete pads in front of bus stops?

In front of some SEPTA bus stops, you might have a concrete pad in place of the usual stretch of potholes and asphalt. What are those things, and why are they…

    • Speed Cushion (Before markings added)

Streetsplainer: Why does that speed hump have gaps?

If you live in Northeast or Northwest Philly, you might have noticed some new speed humps with little gaps in them. They’re called speed cushions. “Why would they put a few…

    • Manhole covers will be reset before resurfacing.

Streetsplaining: Why resurfacing means a dozen days of dimpled roads

To bicyclists, road repaving feels a lot like pledging a fraternity: it’s a real pain in the ass for a bit and then three or four years of smooth sailing. And…

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