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    • A SEPTA Key validator

SEPTA Key begins Quick Trips; token replacement set for November

This week, SEPTA added another fare option to SEPTA Key, the payment card system that will eventually replace passes, tickets, and tokens. “Quick Trips” went on sale at kiosks in 18…

    • New Route 2 extension during peak hours to Wayne Junction Station

SEPTA Board approves changes to Routes 2, 310

SEPTA considered 187 proposed changes to its transit routes this year, but just two made the final cut: Extending Route 2 to Wayne Junction Station, and splitting Route 310’s long loop…

    • 51st Shade of Grey, dirty window series | Al BeFranke

DRPA Dispatch: PATCO ridership rebounding after bridge work; DRPA finances rebounding after mismanagement work

After a year of constrained schedules due to maintenance work on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, ridership on PATCO trains has fully rebounded and may be growing past previous highs. PATCO ridership…

    • Uber's self-driving cars are being tested in Pittsburgh, August 2016  (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)

As PennDOT prepares for driverless vehicles, other state agencies stall

On Wednesday, Uber began publicly testing its autonomous vehicle technology, offering free rides to passengers in Pittsburgh who let a computer take the wheel. It’s still a major achievement for Uber,…

    • DVRPC-led study will look at improved public transit on Roosevelt Boulevard

House Committee hears emotional testimony in favor of speed cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard

Emotional testimony given at Friday’s hearing on speed cameras stirred up sad memories for Representative Ed Neilson. After listening to Angie Dellavella’s description of witnessing a pedestrian’s death first hand, and…

    • With NPT, SEPTA hopes to implement TransPass limits

SEPTA battles Philadelphia before Supreme Court in jurisdictional war over LGBT protections (again)

On Tuesday the Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard oral arguments for the second time in a case over a now-deceased person’s complaints about a since-abandoned SEPTA policy. SEPTA originally filed suit in…

    • Silverliner V | John Corbett, Creative Commons

Silverliner V repairs hit snag, knocking 18 recently returned rail cars back out of service

For SEPTA, the hits just keep coming. This time, literally, as the newly designed equalizer beams — the stabilizer part being replaced due to cracks found earlier this summer on a…

    • 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…

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