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    • SEPTA Bus Routes and walking distances

SEPTA announces bus route changes for papal visit, still has regional rail passes available

We know what you’ve been thinking. “Hey, it’s been, like, two days since I saw a new papal visit map! What gives?” Have no fear, dear reader: SEPTA’s got you. At…

    • Pope Francis

California startup organizing more charter bus trips to Philly for papal visit

RYDE, a California startup company founded less than a year ago, announced last week that it will provide shuttle transportation services from nearby cities to Philadelphia for the papal mass on…

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PPA approves fourteen more wheelchair accessible taxis

The Philadelphia Parking Authority board voted to approve the sale of fourteen more wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) taxis. These were part of the 50 WAV medallions purchased at auction earlier this year.…

    • Double decker bus operated by PTC in 1940

Streetsplainer update: Turns out a SEPTA predecessor used double-decker buses

Ok, so this isn’t so much an update as the correction of an oversight from last week’s Streetsplainer on why SEPTA doesn’t use double decker buses. Reader Ira Schreiber of…

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Temple Profs: UberX lowers DUI deaths

Does the expansion of ride-hailing services like UberX reduce drunk driving? According to two Temple professors, the answer is yes, and for the first time, they have the rigorous numbers to…

    • Ben Franklin Bridge | Gary Reed

DRPA Dispatch: Johnny Doc laments PA-NJ imbalance; BFB gets plans for the pope and a fence but not a pope fence

John Dougherty Jr., business manager for IBEW Local 98, is a colorful guy and a Philly guy.  Dougherty, better known as Johnny Doc, occasional sits in on the DRPA board meetings…

    • The study will look at light rail as well as improvements to current transit systems

Here's an update on every major transportation project in the city

When planning your city’s future, the first step, obviously, is to sort your priorities into a series of categories and subcategories. That’s what Philadelphia’s Planning Commission has done with the Philadelphia2035…

    • SEPTA Papal Map

Transit agencies: Plenty of papal passes still available

Catholic masses end with the priest exhorting the parishioners: “Go in peace.” Pilgrims looking to make it into Philadelphia for the Papal visit September 26th and 27th should heed that advice…

    • Double Decker Bus in London

Streetsplainer: Why doesn't SEPTA use double-decker buses?

“Why doesn’t SEPTA use double-decker buses?” I hear this question all the time. It’s probably the second most popular question I get as PlanPhilly’s transportation reporter (“When will SEPTA Key be…

    • Walking distances, times (at 'senior' pace of 1 mph)

NJ officials announce Papal visit transportation plans

When Pope Francis comes to town, the Garden State will look like anything but the Garden of Eden. More than 100,000 private vehicles, and perhaps as many as 250,000, are expected…

    • Route 66 Trackless Trolley

Get your kicks on Route 66: Philly’s first line with transit signal prioritization also under consideration for stop consolidations

As SEPTA’s popular Route 66 trackless trolley runs up and down its six-mile stretch of Frankford Avenue, it stops dozens of times. At some points, the stops are less than 300…

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

Unlike most railroads, SEPTA and Amtrak on pace to implement Positive Train Control by end of year deadline

The Federal Railroad Administration released a status report on implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) safety technologies in advance of a December 31, 2015 deadline set by Congress. The status report…

    • Updated SEPTA Regional Rail & Rail Map for Papal Visit

Double Down: SEPTA to hold 2nd online papal pass lotto for NHSL and 101/102 trolleys

SEPTA is doubling down on 12. August 12th, to be exact: that’s when SEPTA will hold another online lottery for Papal visit passes. SEPTA held a lottery on Monday for its…

    • Indego

Indego Bike Share cruises to 180,000 rides in first 100 days

Barely a month since it surpassed 100,000 rides in record time, Philadelphia’s bike share system, Indego, shows no signs of slowing down. The new system dealt out over 180,000 rides…

    • NJ Transit Bus

NJ Transit cuts wound Philly, too

When NJ Transit announced service cuts and fare hikes, many, if not most, Philadelphians reacted with either indifference or schadenfreude. At most, it might have merited a mocking tweet…

    • Updated SEPTA Regional Rail & Rail Transit Papal Visit Map

SEPTA to hold online lottery for Papal Regional Rail passes Aug. 3rd

Should I pray to St. Christopher, the patron saint of travel, or Saint Cajetan, the patron saint of gamblers? That’s the question devout Catholics hoping to take SEPTA Regional Rail…

    • Pope Francis

Nutter: Papal security maps on internet are false

Mayor Michael Nutter held a press conference today denying the validity of maps circulating on social media that purported to show security zone plans for the Papal visit September 26th and…

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

Parking Authority pushes for more wheelchair accessible cabs, taxis push back

When George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law 25 years ago, it was a watershed moment for anyone with mobility issues. Before the ADA, society everywhere…

    • Some crosswalk buttons are placebos. (Jim Saksa/PlanPhily)

Streetsplainer: Do crosswalk buttons do anything?

Is it control you have, or just the illusion of control? When temperatures spike across Pennsylvania, many office drones, complaining about rigid dress codes and vacationing bosses, will turn to their…

    • Pope Francis

PPA executive reveals Papal plans: 700,000 on the parkway, security perimeter around Center City, SEPTA bus suspensions and more

Philadelphians thinking about renting out their homes for the Pope’s weekend visit on September 26th and 27th might want to consider tacking on that Friday: That’s when the most—if not all—of…

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