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Going to pot: Philly potholes up 20% in 2018

Most people hate potholes. Then again, most people don’t run a tire shop. “Oh god, the volume has just doubled,” said Tom Tafe at Pinnacle Auto Repair and Tires in Bella…

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Temple: Proposed football stadium won't jam traffic or create parking problems

Temple University’s renewed push to build a $126 million, 35,000-seat football stadium next to its North Philadelphia campus has inspired an all-out blitz of defensive measures aimed at stopping the Owls…

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City officials sound death knell for a controversial electric vehicle parking privilege

A city task force charged with creating new policies to promote electric vehicle (EV) use in Philadelphia called for the elimination of a contentious parking program intended to encourage use of…

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To reduce traffic deaths, city to create new bike lane crew

For years now, cyclists and traffic safety advocates have pushed for funds to reduce traffic deaths in Philadelphia from nearly one hundred a year to zero. The campaign’s brand is Vision…

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SEPTA to end token sales at bus depots and most Regional Rail stations

Did you know you could go to a SEPTA bus depot — the cavernous maintenance facilities where buses park when they’re not out on their routes — and buy SEPTA tokens?…

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Recent court ruling opens a door for homeowners to appeal tax bill

Taxes and lawsuits are unpleasant things. Most of us would prefer to avoid them all together and begrudgingly pay an accountant or lawyer to handle them if we must. Most of…

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SEPTA: New bus route connecting Grays Ferry and Brewerytown to University City expected to launch in 2018

It might not always seem that way, like when the bus still pulls away without you despite your sprinting and shouts, but SEPTA listens. At least when it comes to planning…

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Uber bringing new bus-like 'express pool' service to Philly, stepping up competition with SEPTA

On Thursday, Uber will expand its extra-cheap Express Pool service to Philadelphia, making it one of six cities to get the new bus-like offering that debuted in San Francisco and Boston…

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Traffic deaths remain stubbornly high in Philly and across the U.S.

Despite a bevy of new safety features like automatic braking and lane departure warnings, a recent report by the National Safety Council (NSC) shows that traffic deaths across the United States…

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Bills to build new bike lanes advance in City Council

A trio of bills to expand Philadelphia’s disjointed bike lane network advanced out of City Council’s streets and services committee Wednesday. The legislation is expected to be introduced to the floor…

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Top city official slams Trump’s infrastructure proposal

Philadelphia officials are adding their voices to a bipartisan chorus of vexed state and city officials across the nation lambasting President Donald J. Trump’s $200 billion infrastructure spending proposal. “We hold…

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Transit agencies score on Eagles parade day

In 2008, the Phillies won the World Series for the first time in 28 years. But, SEPTA stranded some of the crowds of baseball fans who tried to cheer them on,…

    • A crowded SEPTA Regional Rail train this morning at Suburban Station. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

How to get around Philly during Thursday's Super Bowl Parade

The parade is rolling and so is WHYY/ PlanPhilly's live coverage. Please read the story as it unfolds in real time at Updated, Thuursday, Feb. 8, 8:51 am. SEPTA's…

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Why SEPTA lost Super Bowl Sunday's transit game

Last night, the Philadelphia Eagles were unstoppable. Philadelphia’s public transportation? Not so much. SEPTA announced on its Twitter feed the cancellation of 57 Regional Rail trains on Sunday due to “Manpower…

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Philadelphia a hot spot among Millennials? Not so fast, researchers say.

Philadelphia’s ability to attract millennials has fueled plenty of boastful headlines and civic booster chatter in recent years, but a new study by the Brookings Institution raises concerns about how well…

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PATCO commuters should expect transit headaches this week as repairs from pole run-in continue

There are plenty of pros to taking PATCO to work — skip bridge tolls, no traffic, a smaller carbon footprint — but this morning had one huge con: Conrail. A Conrail…

    • Family members react at the scene of a fatal accident on Roosevelt Boulevard.

The $50,000 fight to get speed cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard

Latanya Byrd’s eyes still well up when she talks about July 16, 2013. “It was a beautiful day,” she says. Her niece, Samara Banks, posted photos online of her four children…

    • Tesla plugged in at the EV-only zone on Delancey Street.

Time's up for electric vehicle parking, panel says

A city task force wants to end an unpopular electric-vehicle (EV) parking program and in its stead, create more publicly available car-charging stations.  Tonight, members of the public are invited to…

    • A crowded SEPTA Regional Rail train this morning at Suburban Station. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

SEPTA expects big progress on construction projects over next 12 months

SEPTA kicked off its annual capital budget process Wednesday with a pair of public meetings showcasing the vehicles it plans on purchasing and the stations it plans on rehabbing over the…

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Philadelphia Parking Authority promises increased transparency

Philadelphia's new parking czar, Scott Petri, kicked off his first board meeting Tuesday with a 26-minute-long recital of his inaugural director’s report His predecessor, Clarena Tolson, used to keep her remarks…

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