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    • Sign for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at Primos Station

SEPTA considering suicide prevention barriers for City Hall Station subway platforms

Thirteen. It’s a number to avoid. Thirteen is bad luck. For SEPTA, thirteen is worse than that. In five of the last six years, 13 people died after being hit by…

    • Aerial view of SEPTA's Callowhill facility, 2017 | Google Maps

SEPTA sees the light, OKs solar panels on maintenance facility rooftops

The sky was dark and cloudy outside, but there was nothing but sunshine inside SEPTA’s board room Thursday as the agency approved a contract to install photovoltaic solar panels on the…

    • 30th Street station Regional Rail platform | A. Leonard Pundt

SEPTA riders overwhelmingly take the bus and subway. Why does Regional Rail receive more funding?

SEPTA’s Regional Rail network has been running on borrowed time. It carries about 11 percent of SEPTA straphangers in an aging fleet of rail cars, on legacy infrastructure with the system’s…

    • Curbside electric vehicle charging station

Council considers how to encourage electric vehicle ownership after suspending previous program

City Council held hearings Monday to solicit ideas for encouraging electric vehicle (EV) ownership in Philadelphia. The hearings came a month after Council pulled the plug on the city’s previous program…

    • Proposed path for the Route 49 bus

SEPTA hears criticism of proposed bus route through University City

SEPTA’s proposed Route 49 bus represents a potential transportation gold rush, supporting residential real estate in Brewerytown, Fairmount and Grays Ferry by linking those neighborhoods with job-rich University City. But, just…

    • SEPTA approves one-month budget, waits for word from state

SEPTA has smooth ride through City Council budget hearings

The distance between Philadelphia City Hall and SEPTA’s Headquarters is barely a city block, which may help explain the downright neighborly goodwill during Monday’s City Council hearings on SEPTA’s budget. SEPTA…

    • Monthly Transpasses no longer have gendered stickers.

PA Supreme Court says city’s anti-discrimination laws don’t apply to SEPTA

In a 4-3 decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Philadelphia’s Fair Practices Ordinance does not cover SEPTA. The decision ends a decade-long legal saga that outlived both the original…

    • SEPTA fare kiosks, new and old

SEPTA’s proposed fare hikes draw rider ire

SEPTA held a pair of public hearings at its headquarters Monday to solicit feedback on proposed fare changes, which would mark modest price increases that nonetheless could have major impacts…

    • West Trenton Station, Photo by Neal Santos

What would Trump’s budget mean for Philadelphia transit?

If Congress adopts President Donald J. Trump’s budget proposals, not much would change in Philadelphia, transportation-wise. And that’s a problem, the region’s boosters say. SEPTA is considering two major service expansions—extending…

    • SEPTA transfers at ticket booth, 2017

SEPTA resists petition to end transfer fees

With SEPTA Key’s long-anticipated arrival on the region’s buses, subways and trolleys finally here, some riders think it’s time for SEPTA to update another part of its fare system: transfers. 5th…

    • Walnut Street Bridge cyclist | Ashley Hahn / PlanPhilly

City will replace delineator posts on Walnut Street Bridge bike lane

Like a phoenix from its ashes — or perhaps some lego towers from a toy chest — the delineator posts buffering the bike lane on the Walnut Street Bridge shall rise…

    • Tesla plugged in at the EV-only zone on Delancey Street.

City Council considers bill to suspend pro-electric vehicle program over parking complaints

City Council amended a controversial bill to suspend Philadelphia’s on-street electric vehicle parking permit program amid impassioned public testimony both in support and opposition to the bill. The bill would put…

    • Poster board with resident comments on sticky pads at Route 49 open house

SEPTA previews new bus route to link University City with Brewerytown, Fairmount and Grays Ferry

Bathrooms. It always begins and ends with bathrooms. A SEPTA bus route, that is—they all must have a bathroom at the end of the route for drivers to use during their…

    • It was standing room only as protestors fill SEPTA's board room in opposition to a proposed gas plant in Nicetown

Amid angry protest songs, SEPTA board approves Nicetown gas plant, again

For a second time, SEPTA’s board authorized the construction of gas and heat cogeneration gas plant next to Roberts Rail Yard and the Midvale Bus Depot in Nicetown on Thursday. As…

    • Next Rotem will build 75 rail cars for Boston's MBTA and 56 rail cars for Denver's transit system

The way SEPTA buys equipment is sluggish and outdated, but fixing it means compromise

Last week PlanPhilly reported that SEPTA is expected to award a contract to build bilevel railcars for service on regional rail lines. Today Jim Saksa takes a step back to explain…

    • MBTA Rotem bi-level coaches

SEPTA to pick Massachusetts-based company to build bilevel railcars over Hyundai Rotem in South Philly

At its meeting next week, SEPTA’s board is expected to award CRRC MA Corporation a $137.5 million contract to build 45 bilevel railcars for Regional Rail. SEPTA picked the Chinese-owned company…

    • Diagram of proposed typical N. American Street cross section

Time’s a ticking on TIGER grant funded projects held up by American Street redesign

The clock is ticking on a project to transform North American Street in Kensington from a barren industrial roadway into a verdant, commercial avenue. If the city doesn’t meet rapidly approaching…

    • SEPTA Key

SEPTA Key makes its wide release this month, to debut on the Airport Line in April

Like an art house film with a lot of hype, SEPTA Key is finally going from limited release to wide distribution. SEPTA riders who have been clamoring to get their hands…

    • Uber windshield

Seeing red, UberBlack drivers seek to unionize

In many ways, Uber is the platonic ideal of the so-called “gig economy” business. It’s an app-based platform “disrupting” an established industry—taxicabs—with a business model that uses technology to circumvent the…

    • 31st and Market SEPTA elevator rendering, March 2017 Art Commission

New elevators for SEPTA's 30th Street trolley and El station

Big changes are coming to 30th Street Station. The ambitious Schuylkill Yards project will transform the area, and SEPTA has plans to refurbish one of its busiest stations in tandem with…

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