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    • Woodland Cemetery petition

Petition wants to make visiting the dead at Woodlands Cemetery safer for the living

Woodlands Cemetery director Jessica Baumert wants people to visit the historic West Philadelphia burial grounds. But those visits shouldn't turn into permanent stays because of the dangerous road conditions right outside…

    • Laura Fredricks reads a statement regarding the settlement with Gold Medal Environmental about her daughter's death.

$6M settlement goes to family of cyclist killed on Philly bike lane while planned safety fixes remain incomplete

The trash hauling company responsible for the truck that struck and killed 24-year-old cyclist Emily Fredricks last November has settled with the Fredricks family for $6 million. In addition to the…

    • Commuters are shown exiting a SEPTA bus. (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek, file

Philly NAACP chapter accuses SEPTA of 'toxic' work culture

Over the weekend, the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP accused SEPTA management of creating a “toxic” work environment among lower-level management of union-represented employees. “Of course, their cases are all different,”…

    • Cyclists pedal through Center City during the Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride 2018. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Cyclists let it all hang out at 10th annual Philly Naked Bike Ride

David Pumo joined the Philly Naked Bike Ride because of something his father-in-law said. “He said ‘I think the reason why people are uptight about gay marriage is because they're uptight…

    • This post-collision photograph shows the three trains involved in the 2017 SEPTA crash. (Photo courtesy of SEPTA)

Federal safety board faults now-retired SEPTA operator for 2017 El fender-bender

A newly released final report from the National Transportation Safety Board found a SEPTA train operator squarely to blame for a Market Frankford Line crash that injured four people last year.…

    • One of Doylestown's decorative street lamps near the intersection of Main and State streets

Bill seeks to streamline faster wireless broadband, steamroll local control of the streetscape

Jack O’Brien was explaining how Doylestown got into this legal mess when the call cut out. There was some static, some garble, and then the connection strengthened a bit. “That’s the…

    • SEPTA Key

Glitch gives some SEPTA Key holders a free ride in London, Chicago

Some Philadelphians traveling outside the region by bus or train have noticed an unexpected perk of having a SEPTA Key Card in their wallets: free rides elsewhere. SEPTA has confirmed reports…

    • A SEPTA Key validator

Come Sept. 1, seniors will need new Key Cards (or old driver’s licenses) to ride SEPTA for free.

SEPTA’s effort to replace all its tickets, tokens, and other fare instruments with the KEY Card continues to creep along. The latest step in the long, slow path to full implementation…

    • A day in the life: A pre-sunrise view toward City Hall from North Broad Street on Aug. 28, 2017. | Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY

A day in the life of Philadelphia, and the people who make it go

It is a miracle that Philadelphia works at all. The whole idea is implausible. Before you can take something even as simple as a morning shower, a dozen different things must…

    • An illustration of a train rolling past the Foundry is found on a utility box at a parking lot along Bridge Street in Phoenixville

A long-shot plan to extend Regional Rail to Phoenixville could revolutionize how infrastructure is built

A bit before dusk on a gray and muggy Tuesday night, a familiar sight comes rumbling through the east end of Phoenixville: Another freight train slowly chugs by, stretching as far…

    • Cyclists form a

Volunteers count vehicles in the bike lanes as upgrade work on Pine and Spruce is delayed

The bike lanes on Pine and Spruce streets are Philly’s versions of the watched pot that never boils. While volunteers from the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia engage in a week-long…

    • Customers often park in the bike lane while they run into the Wawa on 22nd Street, which opened a few months ago. | Jim Saksa/WHYY News

Frustrated by Philly politicians’ failure to upgrade bike lanes, cyclists turn to the courts

Outside Courtroom 426, a small shoal of bicycle-safety advocates gathered in a semicircle, seemingly dazed by their unexpected good fortune. “This is definitely a good outcome,” said Kyle Leach, a Point…

    • 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…

    • jeremy nowak2

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…

    • nrg station rendering

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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