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

Strollers pose safety problems for Philly families riding SEPTA

When a mother fell down the stairs and died in the New York subway two weeks ago, parents in Philadelphia reacted with a combination of horror and recognition. Malaysia Goodson’s fall…

    •  UPS has rolled out e-cargo tricycles in Pittsburgh and Seattle. Another city will be announced within the next few months.

UPS is trading trucks for tricycles in some cities. Cargo trikes could roll in Philly too, officials say.

When UPS announced it would start using a battery-powered cargo tricycle to make some of its downtown deliveries, the mayor greeted the plan with open arms. The delivery giant had already…

    • The Norristown high speed rail line would run through King of Prussia under SEPTA's plan.

SEPTA awards design contract for King of Prussia rail project

SEPTA’s plan to extend rail service to King of Prussia took a step forward last week when the agency awarded a preliminary design contract to HNTB, an infrastructure solutions firm. The…

    • Giovanni Hatter. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

In racially diverse 14th District, Philly police target black drivers 3 times more than whites, analysis shows

It was a cold January evening in North Philadelphia when police officers pulled over Giovanni Hatter in his minivan. He was told he missed a stop sign. When the officers ran…

    • Septa  on Walnut Street

SEPTA facing $63 million capital budget shortfall over motorists' lawsuit

SEPTA is bracing for a possible $63 million shortfall in its capital budget in 2019, pending the outcome of a contentious lawsuit filed in federal court by two motorists’ groups. The…

    • A shared lane for buses and bikes on Chestnut Street. (Emma Lee/WHYY)
Eyes on the Street

Safer streets within reach in 2019

A veteran Philadelphia journalist once joked to me that a plan in Philadelphia is like raindrops in a storm. I’ve often tended to agree with him. Philadelphia does a ton of…

    • A rendering of the planned 30th street subway and glass headhouse.

SEPTA's 30th Street Station getting $37M remake with underground connection to Drexel Square

Rattling El trains and trolleys bring 25,000 commuters a day to SEPTA’s 30th Street subway station. The gilded Deco interior of the better-known 30th Street Amtrak station are just above ground.…

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

Philly's most dangerous roads clustered in black and brown neighborhoods

Nearly half — 46 percent— of Philadelphia’s most dangerous roads are in poor areas mostly populated by people of color, according to an analysis of city crash data done by the…

    • A man makes a call while a tow truck picks up his car.

City Council to vote on higher fines for tow trucks

Cleaner, safer roads is the goal of new legislation that would increase the fines levied on negligent Philadelphia tow truck drivers. The bill, unanimously approved Monday by City Council’s streets and…

    • The Jersey Devils in front of one of their favorite watering holes, Tattooed Moms

Ridin' with the (Jersey) Devils

Reporter Jim Saksa went full gonzo journalist on this assignment, riding along with the Jersey Devils, a bicycle club that shares a look with the outlaw motorcycle gangs... not unlike how…

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

Philly adds electric bikes to Indego fleet

Like Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival, Indego has gone electric, adding 10 pedal-assist bicycles to its bike share fleet. Unlike Dylan in ‘65, though, the move is eliciting cheers.…

    • Septa Bus Advertisement/Emma Lee, WHYY

Judge could force SEPTA to end ban on political ads

A federal judge may force SEPTA to scale back its effort to keep politically charged advertisements off its bus shelters and vehicles when he issues a decision in a free speech…

    • SEPTA regional rail | Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

Inspired by King of Prussia, West Chester ramps up campaign to restore rail service

Down a long, quiet hallway, Jo An Kelton sat alone in Room 2b and called the Advisory Ad Hoc Committee to Reestablish Rail Service to West Chester to order. Two members…

    • Passengers board the No. 9 bus at 6th and Walnut streets. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

SEPTA can't say exactly how much it pays pension fund managers

Why would SEPTA hire two new investment managers when they don't know if the spending will result in any more cash going into the agency's retirement fund? That’s essentially the question…

    • Skaters from FDR Skatepark set up a sign and

Skaters fill potholes left unfixed by city crews

The do-it-yourself or DIY attitude is essential to skateboarding. Few places demonstrate that truth more clearly than FDR Skatepark, a 16,000-square-foot stunt playground that local boarders have painstakingly built up…

    • Traffic on Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia, one of the corridors targeted for improvements in new city plan.

Killing SEPTA transfer fees, charging for parking differently — it's all in Philly's new transportation plan

The City of Philadelphia released what may be its most ambitious and concretely detailed transportation plan yet on Wednesday. Called CONNECT, the seven-year plan details the goals, strategies and tactics officials…

    • Election Day

Free transit on Election Day? SEPTA votes no

A group of civic-minded citizens wants SEPTA to offer free rides on Election Day this year as a way of encouraging voters to show up to the polls. But the transit…

    • Shake Shack bought and installed a bike corral for its Center City location.

City seeks to stop cars from parking illegally in front of fire hydrants by parking bikes there instead

Drivers hate to get parking tickets when they don’t notice an open spot isn’t actually a spot. Cyclists curse when all the bike racks in an area are full. And you…

    • A cyclist tentatively rolls into the street at Belmont and Parkside Avenues.

Life in the slow lane: The bureaucratic nightmare of building a bike network

How long does it take to build a bike lane? Upwards of five years — if not longer — thanks to the all the red tape stuck to the state and…

    • An Old City District rendering shows a redesigned Market Street.

State gives $12M for Philly transportation projects

In a few years time, Market Street in Old City may look brand new, thanks to a $3 million state grant announced Tuesday. The project is one of six Philadelphia projects…

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