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    • Seven-year-old Aiden Devlin, pictured, died after falling between SEPTA  train cars. (NBC10)

One year after a 7-year-old fell from train to his death, SEPTA to experiment with locked doors

The first anniversary of the death of 7-year-old Aden Devlin is less than a month away. The boy fell while passing between two cars on the Market-Frankford line in North Philadelphia…

    • Cars and bikes compete on many Philadelphia streets despite bike lanes.

Philadelphia man sues PPA, company over parking in bike lanes

A Philadelphia man is suing a commercial delivery company for repeatedly parking in a Center City bike lane. The lawsuit, given the green light to proceed in court by a Philadelphia…

    • The Made in America main stage during construction on the Parkway Thursday. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

One year after Mayor Kenney and Jay-Z sparred over Made in America’s Parkway digs, the festival is back. Here’s what changed.

Jay-Z is not scheduled to perform at his Made In America festival this year. But despite last year’s highly-publicized kerfuffle incited by Mayor Jim Kenney’s attempt to evict the fest from…

    • 2019 08 27 kpaynter ada suit

Philly's dangerous sidewalks violate federal law protecting people with disabilities, lawsuit alleges

Four Philadelphians with disabilities and three advocacy groups are suing the city in federal court for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and a 1977 law requiring streets be accessible to…

    • The city recently repaved S. 11th street, creating new parking-protected bike lanes as seen here. (Darryl Murphy/WHYY)

Debate over how to best make streets safer divides South Philly, one of the nation’s most biked neighborhoods

Only three communities in the U.S. boast a higher rate of bicycle commuting than the section of Southeast Philadelphia that South 11th Street runs through, according to U.S. Census data. But…

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You can finally check SEPTA Key balance, add fare on a smartphone

SEPTA’s Key card conquest continues.  Smartphone-carrying SEPTA riders can now add money to their Key Card on the SEPTA app.  The days of running to make an incoming train only to…

    • Jill Fredricks Brown, aunt of Emily Fredericks, in front of the Philadelphia DA's office

DA Larry Krasner to appeal dismissal of charges against driver who fatally struck Philly cyclist

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s office will appeal a judge’s decision to dismiss charges against driver Jorge Fretts for the killing of cyclist Emily Fredricks, the chief of the DA’s homicide unit…

    • Emily Fredricks pictured in front of a flower wall. (Emily Fredricks Foundation)

Philly DA Krasner may appeal dismissal of charges against driver who fatally struck cyclist

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is urging the city’s District Attorney Larry Krasner to appeal a local judge’s dismissal of charges against a trash truck driver who struck and killed…

    • Riders cruise through Brooklyn on Revel mopeds. (Revel)

NYC moped startup Revel is eyeing Philly. My test ride proved how thrilling/scary that would be.

The idea of sharing a helmet with Lord knows how many people in a 22-square-mile area of a densely populated city grosses me out. I’ve seen the bald spots of ringworm…

    • The Chestnut Street Bridge pictured in 2018. (PennDot)

Chestnut Street Bridge to close Monday for year-long makeover

Say your goodbyes to the Chestnut Street bridge.  The 62-year-old eastbound connection between West Philadelphia and Center City is scheduled to close Monday evening for a year of construction. The bridge…

    • 2019 07 22 e lee darryl murphy whyy ebike

E for exhilarating: PlanPhilly reviews Indego's new e-bikes

Indego’s electric bikes are pretty damn fun.  I rented one from the bike station at 25th between Spruce and Locust during the late hours, where one day transitions into another. I…

    • SEPTA regional rail | Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

SEPTA Regional Rail paper Trailpasses will disappear starting in August

The final swipes have come for the 40,000 SEPTA Key card that will go dead on July 31. If you were one of the 39,386 early adopters who picked up a…

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SEPTA’s solar-powered train signals expected to improve safety in severe weather

SEPTA is turning to the sun to power Regional Rail. Sometime in the next year, commuters can expect to see solar panels on the rail signals along the Warminster, Doylestown, and…

    • Fairhill Apartments in North Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philadelphia Housing Authority moves to demolish one of its last surviving towers

Shirley Reynolds and her neighbors’ homes may soon be destroyed, and she’s delighted. “I’m happy,” said Shirley Reynolds, a retired construction worker. Reynolds’ Fairhill apartment is on the third floor of…

    • Riders wait on a SEPTA train platform for the Regional Rail to arrive. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

SEPTA upgrade project in U-City to disrupt travel on 3 Regional Rail lines

Some of the Regional Rail infrastructure on the Media/Elwyn line is over 80 years old. The section of the rail line between 30th Street Station and the Arsenal Interlocking, which is…

    • SEPTA updated 2019 frequency 15 map

SEPTA gets bold with new transit map

Officials say the goal is to simplify travel planning for riders. “Our hope, really, is that they are intuitive enough that someone who’s not very familiar with the network can show…

    • Our very own waterfront highway. | photo by Bradley Maule, 2009

Philly Fed economists: Here’s how highways ruined your city

No one should be denied a good taco, but the Vine Street Expressway has often deterred Jeffrey Lin from visiting a nearby taqueria for lunch. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia…

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New study finds elevated risk of pollution exposure in some of Philly’s hottest neighborhoods

Some of Philadelphia’s most desirable neighborhoods come with a risk of increased exposure to auto-related air pollution, according to a new study from the Union of Concerned Scientists.  The group which…

    • 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…

    • 2019 06 20 k paynter amy sherald mural 2

'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…

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