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What's behind PATCO’s recent spate of train cancellations?

It has been a rough couple of weeks for PATCO riders. On Tuesday, five trains were cancelled or had their trips shortened due to equipment problems, plus another canceled thanks to…

    • Kite and Key / Emma Lee

Proposal to transform base of Ben Franklin Bridge trips at the start

A few years ago, planners from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) approached the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) with an idea: Monument Plaza, the barren concrete pedestal for Isamu Noguchi’s sometimes…

    • Indego bike share

PennDOT gives 13 bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects in Greater Philadelphia $9.3M

PennDOT announced the award of $33 million in federal grants to fund 51 transportation projects primarily aimed at initiatives improving pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. Southeastern Pennsylvania won 13 of those federal…

    • Route 47

SEPTA bus and trolley ridership down, even before city transit strike

Like so many others, SEPTA had a rough 2016. Fiscal Year 2016, that is, which ended June 30th—before the Silverliner V crisis sidelined a third of its Regional Rail fleet and…

    • 7th and Chestnut bus stop

City withdraws proposal to scrap Chestnut Street's art bus shelters

In 1999 the City of Philadelphia commissioned artist Pablo Tauler to adapt 11 bus shelters on Chestnut Street in Center City with site-specific designs. Tauler transformed the drab little pods with…

    • Ally Jane and Erik ride on regional rail. | courtesy of the Johansons
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Car-free in Philly: Living well without a car, with a baby

In August 2015, Community Contributors Katy and Erik Johanson shared with us what their household gained by going car free. Now they're back with an update on what car-free living…

    • Winter steel moving | Al Be Franke, EOTS Flickr Group

Philly Transit in 2016: No Mass Transformations (yet)

Ah, it’s the end of the year, that time to reflect on the year that was and look forward to the year to come, and things are no different here at…

    • SEPTA General Counsel Gino Benedetti. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

SEPTA spent $423,000 on lawyers during labor negotiations

SEPTA spent $423,388 on outside labor counsel to handle negotiations with Transport Workers Union Local 234 (TWU) over the five-year contract agreed to after a six-day strike in November. The lead…

    • SEPTA’s Comly district’s decorations were inspired by the Nigh Before Christmas. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

SEPTA Festibus competition spreads joy to the (transit) world [photos]

The Callowhill Bus Depot in West Philly looked a lot like Santa’s workshop Tuesday afternoon—if Santa traded in eight flying reindeer (plus Rudolph) for eight decorated 40-foot buses (plus three decked-out…

    • SEPTA Key fare kiosks at 1234 Market

Slow rollout of SEPTA Key leaves riders confused

All across Philadelphia, you can find ads heralding the arrival of a brilliant public transit-riding future. SEPTA Key A new way to pay Begins 06/13/16 But that last line is causing…

    • 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.…

    • septa platform

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…

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