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    • A pedestrian threads his way through snarled traffic at Broad and Chestnut streets. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

New traffic enforcement officers to hit Philly streets

Legendary rap duo Mobb Deep observed, “Ain’t no such thing as halfway crooks.” But what about halfway cops? Philadelphians who voted in Tuesday’s primary approved creating a new class of “public…

    • An aerial view of the I-76 ramp at 30th Street that will be closed until June 14. (Google/WHYY)

Everything you need to know about the I-76 detours in Center City

PennDOT will close off several lanes of the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) and a busy on-ramp in Center City on Monday evening. Work will continue through June 14, PennDOT spokesman Brad Rudolph…

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City streets safer than suburban roads, study finds

New research from the University of Pennsylvania shows that denser cities and towns can save lives. The four-year long study compared Pennsylvania Department of Transportation records of all car accidents in…

    • Jahandad Ghuman has been driving for Uber for 5 years. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

As Uber’s IPO hits potholes, Philly drivers prepare to make case before state Senate

Jahandad Ghuman says he makes $100 to $120 a day driving as an independent contractor for Uber. But that’s not enough. “Commercial insurance, car payment, gasoline,” plus multiple car washes per…

    • Chamarra McCrorey gives Indego's new e-bikes a test ride on Thomas Paine Plaza

Want to power up your pedaling? Philly adding 400 electric bikes to Indego fleet

Philadelphia: get ready to see more bright blue Indego bikes zipping through the streets this summer. The city’s bike share initiative announced Thursday that it will expand its electric bike pilot…

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

Detroit just eliminated its transfer fee. Will Philly be next?

SEPTA riders may soon be able to stop giving a buck. City Councilwoman Helen Gym wants SEPTA to stop charging riders a $1 transfer fee for switching transit lines and at…

    • SEPTA's City Hall Station overhaul is on SEPTA's list of deferred capital projects

Appeal of anti-toll lawsuit keeps SEPTA improvements on hold

SEPTA’s state funding is hovering at a more than 10-year low due to a federal lawsuit that just won’t go away. The transportation agency breathed a sigh of relief in early…

    • Daimler's car-sharing service allows users to park anywhere. (Daimler)

New 'park anywhere' car-sharing service vying for a spot on Philly’s jammed streets

After months of lobbying, a German company could be on the cusp of making a new method of car sharing legal in Philadelphia. The company, operated by the Stuttgart-based corporation Daimler…

    • A man carries a stroller up the stairs at the 8th and Chestnut exit from the Market Frankford line. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Family-friendly SEPTA Key to roll out - but not until 2020

Glenside resident Amanda Bergson-Shilcock likes to take her five nieces and nephews into Philadelphia on day trips. SEPTA tokens made it easy and inexpensive — the now-defunct currency got them in…

    • One of Lime's electronic pedal-assist bikes. (Lime)

Dockless e-bike share coming to Philly in 2019

In cities around the world, cyclists can tap a smartphone to find and unlock an electric bike, zoom around town, and drop the bike off pretty much anywhere they want. Soon,…

    • In this file photo, State Sen. Anthony Williams announces his Philadelphia mayoral bid. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Anthony Williams opposes congestion pricing, pitches shuttle buses to cut gridlock

Mayoral candidate State Sen. Anthony Williams says he would not consider congestion pricing as a fix for Philadelphia’s transportation woes if he were in charge. The practice, recently adopted by New…

    •  A view of the Philadelphia skyline from the 52nd Street station on the Market-Frankford elevated line in West Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Congestion pricing floated as fix for Pa. transit funding crisis

The news that New York will become the first U.S. city to impose a fee on vehicles entering Manhattan has put congestion pricing at the center of a statewide conversation about…

    • SEPTA rider passes through the turnstile at the 8th and Market station. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

SEPTA quietly decriminalizes jumping turnstiles, lowers fines

Josh started one day in 2014 without enough cash on hand to pay his SEPTA train fare. He ended it unemployed, criminally charged, and hundreds of dollars in debt. It was…

    • A pedestrian threads his way through snarled traffic at Broad and Chestnut streets. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Is a crackdown on renegade drivers in Center City speeding up your commute?

Philadelphia commutes are getting faster thanks to a crackdown on cars stopped illegally in Center City bus lanes, according to city transportation officials. From September to January,  the enforcement push resulted…

    • Only 32 people signed into SEPTA's annual open house. (Kim Paynter/WHYY)

Why SEPTA’s annual open house drew fewer riders than your morning train

SEPTA averages close to 700,000 riders daily but attendance at the transportation authority’s annual open houses on Tuesday could barely fill a train car. SEPTA advertises the public forums as an…

    • A screenshot of the beta version homepage of SEPTA's new Key website. (PlanPhilly.)

‘Hip’ new SEPTA Key site is one of many fixes in the works

I barely remember what I did to open an account and register my SEPTA Key card on the agency’s newborn beta site. The interface was intuitive, quick and simple — nothing…

    • Mayor Jim Kenney and bicycle advocates in front of City Hall.

Kenney: Philly streets 'suck' but city making progress

“Suck” isn’t the usual verb mayors use to describe key elements of the city they govern. But that is exactly the word Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney recently chose when describing the…

    • Nicholas Baker fought to preserve Philadelphia's remaining cast-iron subway entrances, like this one at City Hall. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Local man wins protections for Philly’s iconic cast-iron subway entrances

A decade after a local graduate student recommended preserving Philadelphia’s iconic cast-iron subway entrances, the Philadelphia Historical Commission approved protections for the ornate gates. That graduate student, Nicholas Baker, tried to…

    • Thousands of people travel between University City and Center City daily. | Emma Lee/WHYY

New breed of traffic cop could soon hit Philadelphia streets

If Philadelphia cops spent less time policing traffic, they could dedicate more energy to fighting the city’s soaring homicide rate. Or at least that’s the idea behind City Council President Darrell…

    • Lime is applying for permits to bring its e-scooters to Philadelphia's streets.

Slow your roll: Safety worries could delay electric scooters’ ride into Philly

Philadelphia loves the idea of scooting around on the colorful electrically powered two-wheelers that startups like Lime are sending out on city streets around the world. But at a city hearing…

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