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Eyes on the Street

Streetviews: Azavea's Robert Cheetham

For this week’s Streetviews Q&A we sat down with Robert Cheetham, founder of the civic minded geospatial and software firm Azavea, about the big opportunities ahead in open data as an…

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Campaigning for more benefits from Comcast ahead of next franchise agreement

Later this year, City Council will begin a series of hearings on the city’s next 15-year franchise agreement with Comcast. The agreement, which expires this year, gives the company access to…

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Can SEPTA Key unlock financial services for the underbanked?

When SEPTA Key finally begins to roll out – hopefully this fall, but SEPTA has stopped making promises on when exactly the now year-and-a-half overdue fare system will arrive – riders…

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New Payment Tech: SEPTA's Key to going green

For most riders, the best part of SEPTA finally scrapping its token, ticket and transfer system for the single SEPTA Key fare card system will be the great leap into the…

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Can SEPTA Key unlock a better tomorrow or will it lock in bitter disappointment?

4,323. That’s how many words long SEPTA’s FAQ is for its new fare system, SEPTA Key. That’s longer than Hamlet’s oft cut play-within-a-play by a solid thousand words. And just like…

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Delays reported on the SEPTA Key: "Sometime in 2015" for most lines, March 2016 for regional rail

It seems as though SEPTA officials have learned to stop giving estimates for the launch of SEPTA Key, given how often it's been pushed back. “Sometime in 2015” for the…

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Committee approves bill allowing 3-D digital ads in Center City

A giant synthetic forearm bursts through the streetscape, lifting a digital-advertising sphere into the sky above the Reading Terminal Market. Seven members of City Council saw it and said, “Yes. Absolutely.”…

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SEPTA races to comply with federal law that other transit authorities ignore

SEPTA is on pace to meet a federal mandate to implement a safety system known as Positive Train Control (PTC) by the end of this year.  If it does, it will…

    • Traffic on DRPA toll bridges is down 13% since 2007.

DRPA update: New LCDs, now; real time info, soon; bridge work, neverending.

PATCO riders everywhere will get to enjoy staring at brand new LCD and LED screens while waiting for their trains by the end of this month. The Delaware River Port Authority…

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Art Commission approves new ZooBalloon logo

Wednesday, the Philadelphia Art Commission made its impact felt about 400 feet over Philadelphia, when it granted final approval for the Zoo's updated banner design on its brand new Zooballoon, which…

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Next to arrive on all SEPTA platforms: real time ETA data

If all goes according to plan, riders will barely recognize SEPTA in two years. Like the protagonist of a 90’s teen movie, SEPTA is in the midst of transforming itself…

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Live-blog: How shared vehicles slash greenhouse gas emissions

A new paper from T. Donna Chen & Kara Kockelman at the University of Texas at Austin looks at the behavioral changes people make when they join car share programs, and…

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Live-blog: What's Congress going to do about autonomous vehicles?

I'm down in Washington, D.C. this week live-blogging the Transportation Research Board's annual meeting which, despite the sleep-inducing name, is kind of like the Oscar's for transportation wonks. Through Wednesday, I'll…

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Comcast to provide free wifi at PATCO stations

Waiting for the next PATCO train is about to become a bit more tolerable for web addicts. At the Delaware River Port Authority Operations & Management Committee meeting this morning, PATCO…

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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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Kenney introduces bill calling for hearings on legalizing ride-sharing apps in Philly

As the debate in Harrisburg proceeds as to whether Pennsylvania should legalize smartphone-based "transportation network company" platforms like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar, and whether Philadelphia should be the only county in…

    • Tool Library Executive Director Peter Foreman-Murray

Borrow a tool - and learn which one you need - at West Philly Tool Library

The eight-year-old institution is raising funds to buy more tools and host workshops. A researcher says it's helping tool libraries spring up elswhere. New West Philadelphia homeowner Ramon Rincon had no…

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SEPTA New Payment Technology more than a year behind schedule

SEPTA Deputy General Manager Jeff Knueppel can “neither confirm nor deny” whether or not New Payment Technology (NPT) – the electronic payment system SEPTA is building to replace tokens – will…

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Eyes on the Street

Streets wants feedback on winter performance, introduces text alerts

Did your block look like this for half of the winter? Was your street a sheet of ice or cleared regularly? How do you think the Streets Department did handling the incredibly…

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Eyes on the Street

City Science: Philadelphia Science Festival picks

Break out the binoculars, field notebooks, and explorer’s vests. There are opportunities to learn about science citywide during the Philadelphia Science Festival, starting Friday, April 25. Here are seven picks…

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