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    • Maps at 30th Street Station. Courtesy Amtrak/Chuck Gomez

As planning continues for 30th Street Station, grand plans in D.C. offer vision of future

The Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan recently asked the public what they wanted to see in and around Philadelphia’s Amtrak station and the results are in. The survey of…

    • One Port Center

DRPA Dispatches: Still waiting on refurbished cars, but Battleship NJ is a guaranteed thing

To the long list of descriptive collective nouns – a murder of crows, a parliament of owls, a wake of buzzards – might we add a Godot of PATCO refurbished cars?…

    • Vehicle Access

Infographics: Who drives in Philadelphia, and who doesn't?

Making continuous progress on the Nutter administration's goal of reducing driving in Philadelphia is going to be tricky for the next mayor and council members, not only because improving the relative…

    • PennDOT has announced 86 new and increased bridge weight restrictions in the five-county region

PennDOT launches public outreach for 2017 12-Year Program

PennDOT is kicking off its biannual update to its Twelve Year Program, which is not to be confused with a twelve-step program. While the TYP and the similarly named, much…

    • The revamped west plaza has new lighting and an at-grade crosswalk

Amtrak adds bus routes to connect Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and White Haven to Northeast Corridor at 30th Street Station

In a press release today, Amtrak announced that it was making a pilot bus service connecting 30th Street Station with Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and White Haven permanent. The Thruway Bus, provided by…

    • Lynne Abraham

Q&A: Lynne Abraham on L&I, councilmanic prerogative, protected bike lanes and more

Last week, PlanPhilly sat down with former judge and District Attorney Lynne Abraham, one of six Democratic candidates campaigning to be the city’s next mayor. Over a 30-minute interview in Center…

    • Rep. Bill Shuster speaks at transportation funding rally. Emma Lee / Newsworks

Regional Congressmen divided over highway funding, despite apparent accord

It’s not every day that you see Rob Wondering, CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, gladly sharing a stage – and a message – with a handful of union…

    • Penn Street trail
Eyes on the Street

Philly getting passed on protected bike lanes

Despite its high percentage of bicycle commuters and forthcoming bike share program, Philadelphia is falling behind when it comes to building protected bike lanes. The Better Mobility 2015 platform calls…

    • SEPTA Key Kiosk

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…

    • Artist Rendering of Refurbished 25th Street Viaduct

CSX and Kenyatta Johnson announce plans to rebuild 25th Street viaduct

CSX Corporation and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson announced Wednesday a multiyear project to restore the condition and appearance of the long crumbling 25th Street Viaduct. Councilman Johnson said the project was “the…

    • Four trolley routes (11, 13, 34 and 36) use the portal

New trolleys for SEPTA? Expect delays. But there's better news for bi-level Regional Rail cars

Recent reports that SEPTA would be replacing its old streetcars with sleek, modern trolleys created quite a buzz. Folks should be excited: new articulated trolleys would substantially increase passenger capacity on…

    • Preliminary draft system map

Pittsburgh's new bus maps show transit agencies a way forward

It may be hard to believe, but there was a time before Google Maps. A time before Garmin. A time before ubiquitous GPS. It was a time when maps were where…

    • One Port Center

DRPA Dispatches: Driving up, PATCO down, & nepotism policy tweaked

Delaware River Port Authority traffic counts and PATCO ridership for January were reported today, and the DRPA Board voted to approve a change to its nepotism policy to allow the hiring…

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

SEPTA announces 2016 capital budget proposal

SEPTA quietly rebranded its capital infrastructure initiative a few months ago, replacing “Catching Up” to “Rebuilding for the Future.” The move reflected the agency’s newfound optimism following the passage of…

    • Rendering of Navy Yard from Delaware River

PIDC charts a course for BSL extension to Navy Yard

The Navy Yard is an island. Sunlight glistens off the waters along its eastern, southern and western shores. And to its north lies a sea of asphalt and steel, where I-95…

    • Median bus lane

What does an equitable city street look like?

Bike safety advocacy has a problem. While a significant share of the growth in bicycle ridership in recent years has been coming from non-white, lower-income riders, the people elected officials most…

    • Overlooking Potential Green Space

PHS has bold plans to redo base of Ben Franklin Bridge

When Isamu Noguchi finally built his A Bolt of Lightning … A Memorial to Benjamin Franklin in 1984, not everyone was a fan. The Inquirer called it a “propped-up monument…

    • Willow Grove Ave Bridge corrosion, photo courtesy of the Streets Dept.

Councilman hopes to empower city to repair roads and bridges it doesn't own

Councilman David Oh introduced a bill in City Council on Thursday that would empower the Streets Department to repair and maintain roads, bridges, and other byways outside its traditional jurisdiction. The…

    • Candidates Bailey, Kenney, Oliver and Street. Moderator Kerkstra

Platitudes fly at Better Mobility Mayoral Forum

Like vegetables and tuna, candidate statements are better when they aren’t canned. But at last night’s Better Mobility Mayoral Forum, hosted by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, almost all the…

    • Plans for Kelly Drive and Laurel Hill

PHS begins to plant plans for transformed spaces, including new Kelly Drive entrance for Laurel Hill

In 2013, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society identified seven areas across the city where its Civic Landscape Initiative would work to “transform the landscape” and create “memorable public art spaces.” While that…

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