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    • Subway Rush Hour | Theresa Stigale

Jarrett Walker's philosophy of public transit as means to freedom

Philosophers have long struggled to make sense of human existence and the freedom (perhaps illusory) that it provides. “Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains,” wrote…

    • Route 47 en route | courtesy of Intersection

47 Stories: Connecting cultural communities via bus

Septa’s Route 47 bus runs the length of the city, from Whitman Plaza in South Philly to Olney in North Philadelphia, connecting immigrant and refugee communities from Asia, Africa, Europe,…

    • Kelley Yemen, Philadelphia's first Complete Streets Director |  Credit: Phillip Hussong

Street Diplomacy: How Philadelphia’s first Complete Streets Director expects to get the job done

After years and years of talking about Complete Streets—the idea of designing roads for all users, not just cars—Philadelphia has finally hired someone to lead the charge of rethinking our streets.…

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SEPTA already screens for suspected cause of deadly Hoboken train crash

In the wake of September’s deadly train crash in Hoboken, federal regulators want railroads to do more to keep engineers awake. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) ordered New Jersey Transit to…

    • Satellite photo showing proposed Midvale CHP site in relation to other SEPTA facilities

Environmentalists boo as SEPTA Board OKs natural gas power plant in Nicetown

SEPTA’s monthly board meeting ended in contained chaos Thursday afternoon as a small cadre of environmental activists protested the board’s authorization of a proposed natural gas cogeneration plant near the Midvale…

    • A SEPTA Key validator

SEPTA Key's ‘travel wallet' function starts phasing out tokens

SEPTA announced details Monday for the latest SEPTA Key expansion: the new “travel wallet” function, which will allow riders to retire their tokens. Tokens did not become obsolete overnight; so don’t…

    • SEPTA Key

At Last: SEPTA Key expected to begin replacing tokens next week, as seniors get new ID cards starting this week

Next week SEPTA plans to launch SEPTA Key’s “travel wallet” function, which replaces tokens with reloadable funds on the new fare cards. Current SEPTA Key “Early Adopters” who have used the…

    • TWU Local 234 workers rallied at their union hall on Oct. 28 and distributed strike signs for the picket lines (Brad Larrison for WHYY)

New union contract will cost SEPTA $146 million more over 5 years in wages, pensions

Details on Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 234’s new bargaining agreement with SEPTA were revealed Thursday in the union’s newsletter to membership. The new contract will cost SEPTA $146 million more…

    • 30th Street Station stop on the Market-Frankford El was quiet but trains were running, Monday Nov. 7 as service resumed | Catalina Jaramillo / WHYY

And on the seventh day, we rode — Six-day SEPTA strike ends just before election

Around 3:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Bruce Bodner, general counsel and a lead negotiator for Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 234, was eating a cheeseburger at the Downtown Sheraton, where talks with…

    • Members of Transit Workers Local Union 234 cheered outside of the Robert's Yard SEPTA Facitilty Nov. 1 as motorists honked their horns in support. | Brad Larrison for NewsWorks

SEPTA strike negotiations stall as management, union await Monday court hearing

Elections and strikes can make for strange bedfellows. With Election Day looming and a transit strike ongoing, Pennsylvania’s Democratic governor and Philadelphia’s Democratic mayor are backing SEPTA management’s attempt to end…

    • Lawyers for Transport Workers Union Nan Lassen and Ralph Teti. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

SEPTA loses injunction to immediately end strike, but has another chance to suspend it for Election Day

SEPTA’s attempt to end the ongoing transit strike Friday afternoon via a court injunction failed, but the authority will get another stab at it on Monday, if negotiators cannot strike a…

    • TWU Local 234 striking at SEPTA's Southern District, Nov. 2, 2016
Eyes on the Street

What striking transit workers want

On Wednesday afternoon dozens of striking Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 234 members were gathered at a bus hub deep in South Philly at 20th and Johnson, SEPTA’s Southern District, picketing…

    • TWU Local 234 workers rally Friday night and distribute strike signs for the picket lines (Brad Larrison for WHYY)

SEPTA Strike negotiations take turn for the worse; SEPTA “beyond frustrated” with union

Earlier in the day, U.S. Rep. Bob Brady was hopeful. “As long as they’re talking,” said the famed Philly deal maker as he walked into the lobby of the Sheraton where…

    • Commuters during SEPTA strike wait for slow Regional Rail trains | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

Democratic campaigns “concerned” SEPTA strike could derail electoral victories

With Election Day less than a week away and Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 234 still on strike, Democrats hoping for big voter turnout in Philadelphia are growing increasingly nervous. “I’m…

    • Members of Transit Workers Local Union 234 cheered outside of the Robert's Yard SEPTA Facitilty Nov. 1 as motorists honked their horns in support. | Brad Larrison for NewsWorks

Can’t we all just get along? Lawyers, history explain the logic behind SEPTA strike

With all of SEPTA’s city transit services shut down Tuesday morning, you didn’t have to look hard to find frustrated riders roiling over the walkout. Anger is everywhere. Understanding is in…

    • TWU Local 234 workers rallied at their union hall on Oct. 28 and distributed strike signs for the picket lines (Brad Larrison for WHYY)

City transit workers on strike, union and SEPTA deadlocked on new deal

Just after midnight, SEPTA’s transit services across Philadelphia came to a sudden halt as 4,700 members of the authority’s largest union launched a strike that some fear might last through Election…

    • TWU Local 234 workers rally Friday night and distribute strike signs for the picket lines (Brad Larrison for WHYY)

Deviated SEPTA: As Nov. 1 transit strike deadline nears, still no deal

Negotiations between SEPTA and its largest union continued over the weekend but accord on a new labor contract remained elusive as Monday’s midnight deadline to avert a strike inched hours closer.…

    • Commuters are shown exiting a SEPTA bus. (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek, file

City prepares itself for strike Tuesday as SEPTA, union cannot seem to agree on anything

“I'll be shocked if we don't have a strike.”   Willie Brown doesn’t mince words. “Honestly, nothing’s working. The smallest issues become big items,” says Brown, president of the Transport Workers…

    • Commuters are shown exiting a SEPTA bus. (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek, file

SEPTA publishes Service Interruption Guide to ready transit riders for looming strike

With negotiations to avert a city-wide transit strike at an impasse, SEPTA has two words for you if you ride the bus, subway or trolley: Get ready. With less than a…

    • Bend it like Benjamin | Convicted Melon
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