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    • Ben Franklin Bridge, PlanPhilly

DRPA authorizes second round of union contracts following Christie veto

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Such is the motto of the DRPA board these days, which once again authorized labor agreements with three of its unions. The…

    • SEPTA bus

SEPTA stumbles across $33 million in savings, socks it away for a rainy day

A picture is worth a thousand words, but for SEPTA, videos are worth even more. The transit authority credits new cameras on its vehicles for dramatically reducing its lawsuit payments last…

    • Delaware River protected bike trail

Kenney transportation chief talks complete streets at Chamber forum

At Tuesday morning’s Roadmap for Growth forum on transportation and infrastructure policy, sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Deputy Mayor Clarena Tolson delivered remarks that sounded like they could’ve…

    • 30th Street Station Plaza view from east

A bold vision for 30th Street Station District unveiled, but can reality meet the ambitions?

“Go West, young man.” So exhorted Horace Greeley 150 years ago, borrowing those words from another writer to embrace and celebrate American manifest destiny. They are words the Pennsylvania Railroad took…

    • Street Dreams

Street Dreams: How regular citizens beat bureaucracy to reshape Philadelphia

In Philadelphia, many of the pedestrian, bicycle, and recreational amenities we appreciate were born from resident-driven ideas. In this feature PlanPhilly and SPOKE explore what it takes for citizen-driven projects to…

    • Among the advocates for better bike infrastructure: Kate Mundie and Dena Driscoll. June 14, 2016

1000 signatures call for better bike infrastructure, safe streets

Cycling and pedestrian safety advocates gathered Tuesday and delivered city representatives a petition in support of improving the city's bike infrastructure. The statistics in support of safer streets are as grim…

    • 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…

    • Benjamin Franklin Bridge

Gov. Christie vetoes Port Authority union contracts minutes before deadline

UPDATE: After initial publication, a Christie spokesperson forwarded the letter. This article has been updated with details of the letter, which is available in its entirety below. In a quiet,…

    • Satellite photo showing proposed Midvale CHP site in relation to other SEPTA facilities

Local environmental group questions SEPTA proposal for natural gas plant in Nicetown

SEPTA enjoys a pretty good track record when it comes to bridges, maintaining over 350 that consistently deliver trains safely over rivers and highways across the region. Commuters sometimes grumble when…

    • Parking Meters

City Council hearing on red light camera program and parking revenue sheds no new light

At a joint hearing of City Council’s streets and education committees Friday, councilmembers spent the better part of two-and-a-half hours asking officials from the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA), the School District…

    • SEPTA GM Jeff Knueppel and Uber GM for PA John Feldman announce 40% off regional rail Uber deal

SEPTA announces discount program with Uber for rides to, from 11 regional rail stations

SEPTA announced a 14-week pilot program with Uber to provide discounted rides to and from 11 of SEPTA’s regional rail stations. The transportation providers held a press conference today at SEPTA’s…

    • Public school funding advocates hold signs in protest before the start of the PPA meeting as security looks on

PPA lambasted by education advocates over recent amendments to UberX, Lyft legalization bill

If you go to Fairmount Park or Rittenhouse Square on one of these sunny afternoons, you’ll see some little children, running around, playing with nature’s toys—sticks and stones—and generally having a…

    • The Walt Whitman Bridge, opened in 1957, is the second oldest of the area's four Delaware River Bridges. Photo courtesy of DRPA

Port Authority unions get first raises since 2010, absent a Christie veto

After years of working without a raise, the Delaware River Port Authority’s (DRPA) unions are poised to sign new collective bargaining agreements. At their meeting Wednesday, the DRPA board voted to…

    • Below Benjamin Franklin Bridge | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group

170 monthly parking spots to open beneath Benjamin Franklin Bridge

The Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) board authorized a plan to build a 170-spot parking lot underneath the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. The new lot could be open as soon as September,…

    • Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE)

Governor Wolf announces traffic safety grants using red light camera ticket funds

Earlier this week, Governor Tom Wolf announced the 6th round of Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) funds: $5.5 million to 18 municipalities for 23 transportation enhancement projects. Philadelphia received $2.8 million…

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

NTSB: Amtrak 188 engineer distracted by radio reports in minutes before crash

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded a yearlong investigation into the Amtrak 188 derailment that killed 8 and injured nearly 200 more, finding that the train’s engineer, Brandon Bostian, was…

    • South 13th Street puddle, Photo by Philadelphia Photos

Will they ever repave my street? Maybe! Check out this week’s resurfacing list

As someone who occasionally drinks too much on Thursday evenings, I’ve come to rely on the Philadelphia Streets Department’s Friday morning release of next week’s street repaving schedule, not unlike how…

    • Donald Shoup

Four ideas for fixing parking politics from Donald Shoup

The High Cost of Free Parking should not be as popular of a book as it is. It is a nearly 600-page, 20-year old collection of academic research by UCLA professor…

    • The NTSB Go Team arrives on the scene of the Amtrak Train #188 Derailment in Philadelphia, PA.  // NTSB

One year after Amtrak 188 derailment, where does the region stand on Positive Train Control?

Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the Amtrak 188 derailment in North Philadelphia. The crash, which killed eight and injured hundreds more, could have been prevented by a new safety technology…

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