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    • SEPTA Key Kiosk

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…

    • SEPTA poster

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…

    • Urban Experiential Display - Screenshot from promotional video | Catalyst Outdoor

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.”…

    • With more than 100 Silverliner Vs on track, regional rail advocates can focus more attention on passenger experience

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…

    • Old and new Zooballoons

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…

    • suburban video wall

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…

    • philly car share

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…

    • Google car

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…

    • Trains to New Jersey

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…

    • 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…

    • Sidecar

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…

    • Waiting for the bus

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…

    • Trash pile
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…

    • Philadelphia Science Festival Carnival
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…

    • City Lights, Photo by Al BeFranke
Eyes on the Street

Philly Tech Week picks for the plannerdly

A welcomed and now familiar harbinger of spring, Philly Tech Week is back beginning Friday, April 4. The weeklong event series celebrates technology and innovation in Philadelphia and has a robust…

    • TEDxPhiladelphia 2011 | Kevin Monko
Eyes on the Street

TEDxPhiladelphia 2014: Our tour, free tickets, and beyond

PlanPhilly is a proud partner of TEDxPhiladelphia 2014. This year's theme - the New Workshop of the World - is something we think about often as we write about ways Philly…

    • The wide, high-traffic Boulevard poses a challenge to pedestrians

Panel to consider Roosevelt Boulevard speed cameras

This week, Philadelphia will add two new automated red light enforcement (ARLE) cameras at the intersection of Ogontz and Stenton avenues. Since 2005, Philadelphia has been using ARLE to ticket drivers…

    • PlanningCamp
Eyes on the Street

February 1: PlanningCamp comes to Philly

Get out your explorers gear and let your inner plannerd out for the day: PlanningCamp is headed to Philly on February 1. PlanningCamp is an “unconference” focused on the intersection of…

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