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    • Some of the Acela train sets are 15 to 16 years old. At best, Amtrak expects their lifetime to be about 20 years

Amtrak revenues declining, CEO calls for cuts in letter to employees

After years of slow and steady uphill revenue gains, Amtrak appears to be heading downhill, fast. That’s the gist of a letter Amtrak CEO Joseph Boardman sent to employees on Tuesday.…

    • Diagram of Winter Street Realignment

Franklin Institute getting new bus loading zone, plaza in Winter Street realignment

The mention of winter usually conjures up images, cold and colorless, of a city depressed: gray, bare trees, lumps of dirty snow, drab coats trudging by with downcast eyes on the…

    • Bend it like Benjamin | Convicted Melon

Engineering consultant sues Port Authority for $2 million in back pay on PATCO refurbishment project

LTK Consulting Services is suing the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) for over $2 million, alleging the authority breached its contract with the engineering firm. The lawsuit, filed in Montgomery County,…

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

NTSB releasing Amtrak crash investigation documents, findings to follow in spring

On Monday, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will release its investigation docket on last May's Amtrak 188 crash. Read NewsWorks coverage of the docket here. The docket contains the…

    • Bridge Line, Photo by phillytrax

Pennsylvania House votes to give Governor Wolf veto over Port Authority board

In a rare move of bipartisanship in Harrisburg, the state House voted unanimously to empower Governor Tom Wolf with a new veto power. Okay, it is just a veto power over…

    • Spaces, Photo by David Swift Photography

Parking Authority Director wants higher fines for parking in snow routes

The Philadelphia Parking Authority’s Executive Director had some choice words Tuesday for the 200 or so Philadelphians who left their cars parked on emergency snow routes as winter storm Jonas dumped…

    • No Savesies

January 22: SEPTA energy capture program expanding | Paying for sidewalks at point-of-sale | Castor Ave traffic calming

A new public-private partnership will expand SEPTA's 2012 pilot program that captures the energy created when subway trains hit the brakes, reports Andrew Maykuth. "Constellation Energy Resources...will pay for and install…

    • PennDOT plowing Interstate 81, 2010 | (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

What's been plowed? Now you can know

With winter storm Jonas threatening to dump more than a foot of snow on the region, drivers who can’t heed “just stay home” advice from public officials will want to know:…

    • The $100 million City Hall Station overhaul is on SEPTA's list of deferred capital projects

SEPTA begins scheduling system improvements with next year’s capital budget

SEPTA kicked off the capital budget season Wednesday afternoon with a pair of open houses on the Fiscal Year 2017 capital budget and 12-year capital program. SEPTA’s estimated capital budget for…

    • One Port Center

DRPA Dispatch: CEO Hanson to get a pay raise; union wants one, too

On the day Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) CEO John Hanson was supposed to receive a raise, a union official asked for the same for his workers at this morning’s meeting…

    • Mayor Michael Nutter, 2011 | Neal Santos for PlanPhilly

Mayoral Mobility: How Philly got around, got along, and got by under Nutter

PlanPhilly is taking a look back at Philadelphia during the Nutter Years and down the road at what to expect from the Kenney administration. Jim Saksa offers the next installment in…

    • Draft Tier 1 EIS Alternative 3 - Transform

FRA presents expensive, alternative futures for Amtrak's Northeast Corridor

Long train rides have an almost magical ability to free the rider’s thoughts from quotidian concerns, to let one’s mind wander unworried with the primary task at hand, arrival at some…

    • New Bus Shelter unveiled at Broad and Cecil B. Moore

City solicits feedback on new bus shelter locations

The Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities is installing 600 new bus shelters and is looking for the public’s help in picking good locations for some of them. If you’re tired…

    • A sharrow on Spruce Street indicates that bikes and cars must share the lane.

January 7: Philly UberBlack drivers file misclassification suit | Frontier adds 10 new cities | Transit Explorer

Philly UberBlack drivers filed suit against Uber in Common Pleas court, reports Jane Von Bergen. The suit claims drivers are misclassified as independent contractors, and due to the introduction of the…

    • Unofficial SEPTA Frequent Service Map by Thomson Kao

What if SEPTA had a better bus map? A rider tried making one.

SEPTA’s bus maps leave something to be desired. A few somethings, really. First, good luck finding them. They are on the buses themselves, but that’s usually a little bit too late…

    • Install team poses with newly installed bike corral in front of Bob & Barbara's (from L to R): Marcus Ferreria, Jack Prince, Steve Cobb

City says “OK, corral” for bikes at Bob and Barbara’s after two year wait

Stepping into Bob and Barbara’s Lounge on South Street can feel like taking a step back in time. On Friday and Saturday nights, you’ll hear the Crowd Pleasers rockin’ the joint…

    •  15 Trolley, 15th and Girard | Theresa Stigale

It's been a bumpy ride. Philly Transportation: A Year in Review

As 2015 draws to a close, it’s only natural to look back and reflect. Virtually every news story you’ll read this week, including this one, is some variant of “A Year…

    • SEPTA Key Kiosk

Why is SEPTA Key arriving two years late?

SEPTA Key is the Philadelphia straphanger’s Godot: a tale of absurd waiting, punctuated by the occasional news that the long anticipated “won’t come this evening, but surely tomorrow.” If SEPTA does…

    • Indego station

Indego popular for university commuters and joyriders, mixed results for low-income outreach

Unique among bike share programs, Philadelphia’s Indego attempts to serve lower income communities as an affordable, healthy, and green commuting option. Indego strives to be a model for other cities, a…

    • Testing, testing for SEPTA Key

SEPTA Key should roll out by April 2016, despite latest project spec changes

Following today’s Board meeting, SEPTA Key Project Manager Kevin O’Brien said the agency hopes to begin rolling out SEPTA Key, the authority’s new fare payment technology system, by April 2016. The…

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