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    • Evening rush hour at Suburban Station, July 5, 2016 | Emma Lee / WHYY

SEPTA announces extra buses to alleviate Regional Rail crunch

Beginning September 6, SEPTA will run supplemental express buses during the morning and evening rush hours on some of the Regional Rail lines hardest hit by the railcar shortage that has…

    • DVRPC presents Big Check for CMAQ projects

Green for green: $21 million in federal funds for clean air transportation projects

Big check in hand, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) announced the award of $20.9 million in federal grants for green transportation infrastructure projects. The check itself was a bit…

    • SEPTA Regional Rail (Emma Lee/NewsWorks)

Sidelined Silverliners: Repaired Regional Rail trains should rollout this month, normal service by October, says SEPTA

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” Benjamin Franklin wrote two centuries ago. The phrase has become axiomatic, but not automatic, as SEPTA has painfully learned this summer…

    • 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…

    • A very long line of uberX cars dropping off delegates and journalists at the DNC

Subway was the best way to DNC on Monday, until security shut it down

For most of Monday, the subway was the best way to get down to the Democratic National Convention. Delegates reported taxi and uberX trips to the Wells Fargo Center from Center…

    • 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…

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

Rep. Taylor, AAA, and others rally for speed enforcement via radar and cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard

Tuesday morning’s press conference in a dollar store parking lot on Roosevelt Boulevard attracted a small crowd of curious onlookers. The event, called to rally support for a new bill to…

    • Chinatown's plaza over the Vine Street Expressway

Residents discuss capping Vine Street Expressway, other remedies at U.S. DOT forum

Barrier. Obstacle. Divider. Nobody at last week’s Every Place Counts meeting had anything nice to say about the Vine Street Expressway when asked for one-word descriptions of the submerged highway. But…

    • SEPTA Regional Rail (Emma Lee/NewsWorks)

SEPTA leases ten more railcars, new schedule begins Monday

Late Friday afternoon, SEPTA announced that ten more railcars have been leased from the Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) transportation authority. Five of the trains will arrive on Monday, and the…

    • taxi philly city hall

Anti-uber coalition will get its day in court, but will it matter?

They came. They saw. They conquered. They lost. The coalition of taxis, limos, and accessibility advocates who filed a lawsuit to stop the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s (PPA) decision to ignore Uber’s…

    • 5th Street / Independence Hall: Platform rendering | courtesy of SEPTA

Art Commission approves rehab of 5th Street El station, denies digital displays at SEPTA entrances

SEPTA is not only renaming the 5th Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line, it’s giving the tired station its first major overhaul since the Bicentennial. The project team presented revised conceptual…

    • Taxi driver protest, 2014 | Tom MacDonald/WHYY

Taxis, limos, and disabled activists to file lawsuit seeking injunction of PPA’s agreement to effectively legalize Uber

A coalition of taxi drivers, limousine drivers, and advocates for the disabled announced, calling itself Fair Ride Philly, plans to file a lawsuit tomorrow in Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas seeking…

    • Passengers at the Ardmore Station look up the tracks as a SEPTA train approaches. (Jonathan Wilson for Newsworks)

Silverliner silver lining: SEPTA leases trains to ease Regional Rail crunch, which will last past Labor Day

It’s great to have good neighbors, someone whose door you can knock on unexpectedly to borrow a cup of sugar. Thankfully for SEPTA and its Regional Rail riders, SEPTA has some…

    • Taxi regulation

After PPA gives Uber 90-day pass, taxis promise “chaos” during the DNC, and lawsuits

If you were worried that the Democratic National Convention coming to Philadelphia later this month wouldn’t be as interesting as the protest-filled Republican National Convention in 2000 or the cluster jam…

    • Evening rush hour at Suburban Station, July 5, 2016 | Emma Lee / WHYY

Silverliner Playbook: What SEPTA's contract with Hyundai Rotem means for fixing the regional rail mess

The defect that has sidelined a third of SEPTA’s regional rail fleet will cost someone a lot of money. Just how that bill gets split up, though, remains to be seen.…

    • At the Ardmore Station passengers board a train going to Philadelphia. SEPTA trains are running on a modified Saturday schedule. (Jonathan Wilson for Newsworks)

SEPTA and Regional Rail commuters respond to reduced service, Hyundai Rotem silent on defect

Days after SEPTA pulled nearly every railroad car Hyundai Rotem built out of service, no one is picking up the phone at the company’s manufacturing facility in South Philadelphia. Not for…

    • SEPTA's new Silverliner V cars helped boost on-time performance

SEPTA to reduce regional rail service through August due to train defect

It may be hard for some regular riders to believe, but SEPTA’s regional rail service is about to get even more packed, thanks to a train defect that has taken nearly…

    • Independence Hall

Next Stop: 5th Street/Independence Hall! SEPTA renames 5th Street Station, sorta

Good bye, 5th Street Station. To Philadelphians, your name might have made intuitive sense, but to hopelessly lost tourists so desperate to find the Birthplace of American Democracy that they couldn’t…

    • Philadelphia poverty and transit access to downtown | Center City District, 2016

Center City District report highlights transit as competitive necessity for region’s economy

If everyone drove to work in Center City, how much parking would we need? According to a new report from the Center City District: 2.6 square miles of surface parking. The…

    • Accessibility activists gather on July 2 to witness Philadelphia's introduction of new wheelchair accessible taxis. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Taxi medallion values hit new low as PPA sets minimum bid for upcoming auction

The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) set the minimum bid for the sale of 41 new taxi medallions for wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) at $10,000 at its monthly board meeting Tuesday morning.…

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