Transportation

 By Eliot Shorr-Parks

Ridge Avenue: New Bike Lane Should Ease Traffic Headache

Ridge Avenue: New Bike Lane Should Ease Traffic Headache

Residents living along Ridge Avenue in East Falls enjoy the benefit of being only a block away from scenic Kelly Drive. This route along the Schuylkill River Kelly is run on, biked on and even roller-bladed on by more than 15,000 people per month, making it one of the most popular destinations in the city […]

 By Passion Rutledge

North Central: Local Bike Shop Services Community Needs

North Central: Local Bike Shop Services Community Needs

Bikes of various sizes–all used–sit neatly in a row to the right of the front door. The bikes have price tags on them–some priced as low as $13 and some as high as $400. Bike tires hang loosely on hooks above the bikes for sale. Also for sale are used bicycle parts that are kept […]

 By Jennifer Lee and James Shields

Mount Airy: Group Moves Forward with Transit Village

Mount Airy: Group Moves Forward with Transit Village

After receiving a $100,000 grant from the city, Mt. Airy, USA, has moved forward with initial planning stages for a transit-orientated development at the intersection of Washington Lane and Chew Avenue. This was part of the $1 million worth of city grants the city’s Department of Commerce gave to local non-profit organizations. The non-profit community […]

 By Megan Paolini and Ian Romano

Northeast: Subway Lines May Reach Residents in 2035

Northeast: Subway Lines May Reach Residents in 2035

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission is proposing a new subway station near the corner of Bustleton Avenue and Robbins Street, along Roosevelt Boulevard. The station would be a subway and elevated line station connected to the Broad Street line’s express tracks. The proposal, published in a city-wide blueprint for 2035, describes the Northeast as one […]

 By Jenny Hong and Nicole Sattler

Olney: Hackers Of All Trades

Olney: Hackers Of All Trades

Dressed head to toe in many layers, a group of men stand at the corner of Broad Street and Olney Avenue and offer people rides. The temperature is in the teens. It’s the middle of the afternoon, and the Olney subway station is bustling with people. A tall man in a long coat turns to […]

 By Josh Fernandez

Mount Airy: Traffic Activists Take on Crashes Along Lincoln Drive

Mount Airy: Traffic Activists Take on Crashes Along Lincoln Drive

Kitty Dior said the turning point for her traffic activism occurred outside of her Mount Airy home on Lincoln Drive and Hortler Street after a horrific accident in May 2007. Dior, a consultant for shops in Center City Philadelphia’s “Jeweler’s Row” by Eighth and Chestnut streets, was just coming in from the movies and heard […]

 By Jimmy Viola and Pete Dorchak

Spot News: Fighting the Storm

Spot News: Fighting the Storm

It began with an icy mist in the early morning last Wednesday. Then a layer of powder coated the ground. Soon, the cars looked like frozen marshmallows attached to wheels. The major highways had been closed before dark and all but SEPTA’s Broad Street line remained out of service. But the biggest accumulated snowfall to […]

 By Jenn Matusiak

Suburban Station: Riding the Rails in Time of Need

Suburban Station: Riding the Rails in Time of Need

Beneath the surface of Suburban Station lies an organized chaos. Police officers and SEPTA personnel corral Regional Rail passengers into lines that wind through the station. It’s difficult to tell where one line ends and the next begins. The overhead time displays are unreadable through the massive crowds of people. There are people standing in […]

 By Nikki Volpicelli and Jonathan Viguers

Fairhill: Underground Transportation Above Ground

Fairhill: Underground Transportation Above Ground

“Cab….cab…. cab…” Looking around, you may not see a yellow sedan or hear the familiar screech and stop and hasty honk of a commercial cab company. There may no rooftop light or fare meter, perhaps only a simple four-door unmarked sedan. But you will hear is the same word over and over. This is the […]

 By Ayisha Arshad and Morgan Ashenfelter

Nicetown-Tioga: Don’t Own a Car? It’s SEPTA for You

Nicetown-Tioga: Don’t Own a Car? It’s SEPTA for You

Not many in Nicetown or Tioga can say their neighborhood doesn’t have multiple options when it comes to public transportation from SEPTA. All Regional Rail lines, except the R4, crisscross the neighborhood like a deformed tic-tac-toe board. Buses constantly crawl across various streets in the neighborhood. SEPTA’s CCT Connect for disabled riders is also in […]