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    • A SEPTA Regional Rail train.

Freight trains using Regional Rail lines threaten to keep SEPTA from full Positive Train Control compliance

SEPTA general manager Jeff Knueppel took a moment to boast Tuesday afternoon while participating in an American Public Transportation Association conference call with national press on the efforts of commuter railroads…

    • PPA garage

Parking Authority chief Petri offers up a sweeping legislative agenda for change

Sitting at a conference table, sporting a tie emblazoned with lines from the U.S. Constitution and a likeness of Independence Hall, Scott Petri began an interview with a warning for the…

    • A worker cleans the ornate limestone capitals of the East Portico at 30th Street Station.

Facade work refreshes 30th Street Station as Amtrak shops its commercial-district plan

When Pennsylvania Railroad moved its headquarters from Broad Street to 30th Street Station upon its completion in 1935, the shift was seen as an attempt to move Philadelphia’s downtown to the…

    • Tacony Creek block party

With Labor Day just ahead, Philly makes block-party permit seekers work harder

Philly loves a good block party. Philadelphia is the block-party capital of America, holding more of them than any other peer city, according to a 2013 Philadelphia City Paper article.…

    • A poster board with residents' comments at SEPTA's Route 49 open house last year

In Philly, planners increasingly want to talk with you, not at you

Public planning meetings can be contentious, to say the least. Randy LoBasso would know. As the communications director for the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, he attends a lot of these…

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An appreciation: Jeremy Nowak challenged assumptions about what was impossible

The irony was that people always assumed things about him. Jeremy Nowak lived to challenge dusty assumptions and the soft thinking that emerges from the comforts of ideology. He was a…

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SEPTA drops AT&T, renames ex-Pattison Station for NRG Energy

What’s in a name? A subway station by any other name would smell less than sweet. The Juliets who take the Broad Street Line to cheer on the home teams may…

    • Rochelle Nichols-Solomon (right) and other Pay Up PPA members demand more school funding at a PPA board meeting

More parking tickets should mean more school books, activists tell PPA

Why does the Philadelphia Parking Authority exist? This isn’t just the lament of drivers filled with the kind of rage that can only be engendered by the discovery of a PPA…

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Philly hospitality industry doesn’t want Jay-Z’s MIA to go MIA

Mayors get criticized all the time, but it’s not every day the critic is a billionaire rap mogul. In an op-ed for the Inquirer and Daily News, rapper Jay-Z…

    • 2018 06 18 philadelphia powelton drexel gentrification 5 1

As Drexel transforms University City, communities nearby prepare for gentrification

When Schuylkill Yards was first announced – Brandywine Realty Trust’s proposal to turn 14 acres of largely empty, Drexel University-owned land between the college and 30th Street Station into 7 million…

    • City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart announces an audit of the PPA as Pa. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale looks on

City Controller takes aim at Parking Authority's spending

Nobody really likes to get a parking ticket. And no one really likes to get audited. Now, both these things nobody really likes are coming together, as City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart…

    • Traffic safety advocates form a

Near a Center City Wawa, humans protect a bike lane, to make a larger point

A line, 25 deep, stretched out in front of the Wawa on the corner of 22nd and South streets Tuesday morning. It wasn’t the scent of freshly made, hot Sizzlis that…

    • The intersection of 10th and Walnut streets Tuesday, after the water main broke. (Trenae Nuri/WHYY)

Damages from water-main break expected to exceed $500,000 liability limit

Since a massive water-main break flooded the streets of Midtown Village Tuesday morning, Kate Moroney Miller has had one really bad Time. Time is the name of one of the Sansom…

    • Taney Street is named or the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court who wrote the infamous Dred Scott decision. | Google Maps

A renewed push to give Taney Street a different name

A petition to rename Taney Street has gotten a boost, with its backers touting the mayor’s support of the effort in a renewed push. George Basile, a Temple University senior, launched…

    •  Dockless bike-share provider ofo, now operating in Camden, says it would apply to operate in Philadelphia once the licensing regime is in place.

With new licensing scheme in place, Philly could have dockless bike share, e-scooters by next year

A bill to regulate and license dockless bike share, electric scooters, and pedal-assist bicycles passed City Council last week, meaning Indego will soon have to share the road with competitors after…

    • Indego Bike Share Station at Race Street Pier/Emma Lee, WHYY

Indego bike share to expand to Navy Yard and the stadiums

Philadelphia’s bike-share program, Indego, will expand in South Philly this summer with the addition of eight new stations, including three in the Navy Yard and two located next to the Broad…

    • Girard Avenue trolley

Overhauling its bus network may be on SEPTA’s schedule soon

Buses are the sick man of SEPTA’s transit options. Though overall ridership has remained relatively flat, bus trips have fallen 33 million, or 17 percent, over the last five years. Now,…

    • The cost of residential construction is high in Philadelphia, the fourth most expensive building market in the U.S.

As Philadelphia considers scrapping tax abatement, new report provides debate fodder for both sides

As City Hall debates how best to find more money for Philadelphia’s schools, a new report from the real estate firm Houwzer aims to dissuade politicians from cutting the 10-year property-tax…

    • Rendering of DRWC's proposed bike trail in front of the Residences at Dockside

Proposed new Delaware Avenue bike trail wins some early fans

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s proposal to build a new bicycle trail along Delaware Avenue from Washington Avenue to Spring Garden Street was met with general assent from the small crowd…

    • Gov. Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards announce Schuylkill Expressway initiative.

PennDOT, Wolf announce a series of small tweaks to I-76 aimed at easing traffic

As Gov. Tom Wolf announced a multiyear, $8.6 million initiative to ease traffic on the notoriously gridlocked Schuylkill Expressway, he intimated a familiarity with the frustrations faced by area commuters. “It…

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