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

Report: Congestion costs Philly $152 million a year

Philadelphia drivers have a reputation for road rage and SEPTA  just gave them a new reason to be ticked off.  A new study commissioned by the transit agency found local households…

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'She Had A Special Energy': North Philly Teen Inspires 6-Story Mural by Michellle Obama's portrait artist

Najee Spencer-Young is one of the few who can call Michelle Obama a peer. The aspiring hairdresser from North Philadelphia and the former first lady share a rare status. Both have…

    • Verve S CEO Kevin Thompson and COO Naim Statham pose with their scooters at Statham's restaurant. (Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY)

Philly natives enter the e-scooter wars with $100k homegrown startup, Verve S

Six pallets stacked with long, flat boxes containing the battery-powered two-wheelers sit along the perimeter of the not-yet-open Feltonville eatery. Statham, 36, and his business partner and friend Kevin Thompson, also…

    • Mayor Jim Kenney signs speed camea bill flanked by advocates from AARPPA and other groups. (AARPPA / Yocasta Lora)

City: Roosevelt Boulevard speed cameras to be live by end of year

Speed cameras will be watching over Roosevelt Boulevard by the end of 2019, city officials said Wednesday. The cameras are coming to a 12-mile stretch of Roosevelt between 9th Street and…

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Philadelphia to see dockless bike rentals as soon as this fall

While the future of e-scooters in Philadelphia hangs in the balance, the city is moving forward with a pilot program for dockless bike sharing with proposed regulations. Barring any requested…

    •  A sinkhole in Baltimore Avenue at 43rd Street was caused by a faulty sewer pipe. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Massive sinkhole will disrupt Baltimore Ave. traffic another 3 weeks

That is not a swimming pool under construction in the middle of Baltimore Avenue in Philadelphia. One week after city workers discovered a 400-square-foot cavern just below the asphalt on Baltimore…

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SEPTA nods to customer feedback, reduces Key Card minimum load to $1

Your basic donut, a Wawa coffee, a cigarette from a stranger, and now, a SEPTA Key card boost.   A buck is the new minimum travel wallet load on a Key…

    • Thousands packed the west end of South Street Sunday afternoon for the annual Odunde Festival. (Brad Larrison for WHYY)

Odunde still drawing new fans, 44 years after first street festival

Alex Sierra stumbled upon Odunde. He and his family travel to Philly from their home in Brooklyn often, he said, but didn’t know about the massive African-American street festival until it…

    • One of SEPTA's new electric buses. (Darryl Murphy)

SEPTA goes electric with 25 new ‘battery buses’

SEPTA is driving into the future with a smaller carbon footprint.   A new fleet of 25 electric buses hit Philadelphia streets this week and more are to come in the…

    • Riders were invited to test drive a new, brawnier Lime scooter at City Hall. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

This e-scooter wants to defeat Philly’s potholes

Philadelphia’s rough streets may demand a brawnier breed of e-scooter. The electric gliders, known for their slim profile, aren’t even street legal in Pennsylvania but that isn’t stopping one company, Lime,…

    • Members of the The National Youth Bike Council pose at the Please Touch Museum before a group ride through Fairmount Park. (Angela Gervasi for WHYY)

No wheelies: Philly bike crew rides with safety first mantra

Joshua Funches, 19, and his teenage friends love cruising Philly streets on their bicycles. But you won’t see them performing tricks and stunts in the middle of traffic like some of…

    • 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…

    • Workers from the city's street's department pave a street.

Want to know when the city is filling that pothole? There’s an app for that.

Peace out, potholes! It’s paving season! Philly kicked off the start of its annual campaign against its notoriously busted streets on Wednesday with the release of multiple online tools for tracking…

    • 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…

    •  Philadelphia Uber driver consults her phone during her shift. (Jessica Kourkounis for WHYY)

Philadelphia sues Uber on eve of driver revolt

There will be a lot to talk about in your Uber Wednesday — if you can get one. The ride-hail giant is making its debut on the New York Stock Exchange…

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Philly Councilman wants city to reclaim control of street parking

Unfortunately for critics of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, City Hall still doesn’t have the power to wrest control of on-street parking from the state-run agency. Or, at least not according to…

    • Jane's Walk participants enjoy a guided exploration of Lancaster Avenue during a 2017 walk.

This is your weekend to discover hidden black history, ‘peak songbirds’ and a middle school once associated with utopia

Urbanist darling Jane Jacob’s legacy continues as curious city lovers around the world prepare to take to the sidewalks for Jane’s Walk this weekend to honor the bespectacled activist who died…

    • 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…

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