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    • Uber Ride Request

Uber gets reprieve from judge's cease-and-desist, remains illegal, but now uncertain what PPA will do

Philadelphia's ride-hailing saga—starring Uber, Lyft, the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA), and a greek chorus of taxi owners, cab drivers, and disability advocates—has had more twists and turns, back stabbings and double…

    • Uber protest | Emma Lee, WHYY

Uber and Lyft illegal again in Philly, as General Assembly lets temporary authorization sunset

The General Assembly entered into recess on Wednesday without extending the temporary legalization of Transportation Network Companies (TNC) like Uber and Lyft in Philadelphia, which ends on Friday. Starting Saturday, ride-hailing…

    • New L&I tool to visualize 'unsafe' properties is part of departmental data release, upgrades

Department of Licenses & Inspections released new and improved public data sets

On Monday the Department of Licenses & Inspections released a press blast about 11 new and updated open data sets made available in advance of this past weekend’s Code for Philly…

    • A SEPTA Key validator

SEPTA Key begins Quick Trips; token replacement set for November

This week, SEPTA added another fare option to SEPTA Key, the payment card system that will eventually replace passes, tickets, and tokens. “Quick Trips” went on sale at kiosks in 18…

    • Uber's self-driving cars are being tested in Pittsburgh, August 2016  (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)

As PennDOT prepares for driverless vehicles, other state agencies stall

On Wednesday, Uber began publicly testing its autonomous vehicle technology, offering free rides to passengers in Pittsburgh who let a computer take the wheel. It’s a major achievement for Uber, which…

    • Pennovation Center, August 2016
Eyes on the Street

Penn’s Lower Schuylkill innovation campus opens new center to incubate big ideas

When the University of Pennsylvania acquired DuPont’s old Marshall Labs site downriver from the main campus, the vision for this new turf quickly became clear. The 23-acre site could become…

    • Outbound PATCO | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr Group

PATCO designates electric car parking at five stations, considers charging stations

Parking could soon become easier for commuters who drive electric vehicles (EVs) to PATCO stations starting this month, whether they’re driving a Tesla or a Chevy Volt. On Tuesday, PATCO announced…

    • Street tree, rowhouses

Philly mapped street trees for smarter maintenance

Philadelphia has hundreds of thousands of trees, but it has never had a comprehensive inventory of its street trees—until now. Philadelphia Parks and Recreation now has a complete digital record of…

    • A SEPTA Key validator

SEPTA to end Key card’s 10,000 cap starting August 1st as rollout continues

As Elvis famously sang, only fools rush in. SEPTA’s taking that to heart with its rollout of its new payment technology, the SEPTA Key fare card. When it first debuted…

    • SEPTAKey, June 13, 2016

SEPTA: More than 1600 get new fare card in Key pilot launch

So far, so good. SEPTA reported smooth sailing during today’s launch of SEPTA Key, the authority’s new fare card. As of early Monday afternoon, 1,685 total cards were sold, said Andrew…

    • Key ambassador Joannle Matos at a SEPTA Key kiosk.

SEPTA Key Pilot launches Monday, full transit version delayed until end of the year

After years of delays, SEPTA’s long-awaited new payment technology, SEPTA Key, will finally make its public debut on Monday. Well, kind of. Starting at 5:30 Monday morning, up to 10,000 riders…

    • 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…

    • 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,…

    • N3RD Street sign | NewsWorks

To help tech startups grow, Keystone Innovation Zone expands to Old City

The University City Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) now stretches across Center City to the Delaware River.   On Tuesday, Mayor Jim Kenney and Stephen S. Tang, the CEO of University City…

    • Limo driver Isam Ahmed protesting ride share competition, December 2015 | Emma Lee/WHYY

Unlikely alliance unites against Uber and Lyft: Disability advocates, cabbies, limos, and PPA

On Tuesday, an unusual coalition of disability advocates, cabbies, limo drivers, and taxi owners came together to beg the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) to stop UberX and Lyft. Around 30 representatives…

    • PennDOT plowing Interstate 81, 2010 | (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

What's been plowed? Now you can know

With winter storm Jonas threatening to dump more than a foot of snow on the region, drivers who can’t heed “just stay home” advice from public officials will want to know:…

    •  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…

    • Testing, testing for SEPTA Key

SEPTA Key should roll out by April 2016, despite latest project spec changes

Following today’s Board meeting, SEPTA Key Project Manager Kevin O’Brien said the agency hopes to begin rolling out SEPTA Key, the authority’s new fare payment technology system, by April 2016. The…

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