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Philly Is Reopening. What’s Taking SEPTA So Long?

Everywhere you look, there are signs of Philadelphia’s reawakening. Restaurants are packed — indoors and out. Streets are thronged with people late on a weekend […]

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What Will Happen to Center City If Commuters Never Return?

As she sits in her West Mount Airy twin, Kisså Reckamp sometimes finds herself missing the commute to Center City. Admittedly, it only takes a […]

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4 Ways the City Could Make the Winter of COVID More Liveable

We trick out city parks. Our parks are shaping up to be important social hubs — some of the few places to see anyone outside […]

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5 Takeaways From Philly’s New Anti-Congestion, Pro-Transit Plan

The city just revealed its first ever “strategic” transportation plan — a lengthy report that includes recommendations for increasing safety and efficiency on Philly’s streets, at a time when […]

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SEPTA Considers Dropping Transfer Fees as Part of Bus Network Overhaul

Over the past five years, SEPTA has seen its bus ridership dwindle by 17 percent from its 2012 peak, when 189 million individual trips were […]


Reading Terminal Market Just Got a Much Needed Tech Upgrade

Shoppers can now be even more care-free when strolling the aisles of Reading Terminal Market. Thanks to the addition of two LED flat-screens to the market’s back […]

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SEPTA Transit Schedules to Change for Summer

SEPTA’s summer transit schedules will kick off this Sunday and Monday. The mostly minor adjustments are meant to accommodate seasonal ridership changes. There will be one […]

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By Fare Means or Foul: Dueling SEPTA Key Reviews

We had two editors try out SEPTA Key, the long awaited transit payment card. One of them loves it.

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City Life

Fact-Checking the SEPTA Strike: Three Claims Debunked

After the clock struck midnight this morning and close to 5,000 of SEPTA’s unionized workers went on strike in Philadelphia, the city was (characteristically) quick to react.

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SEPTA GM on This Morning’s Commute: We’re Getting There

Two of the three trainsets SEPTA has borrowed from Amtrak, the Maryland Transit Administration and New Jersey Transit went into service for this morning’s commute, Day […]

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How Will SEPTA Regional Rail Riders Get Where They Want to Go Tuesday?

Early last Friday morning, an alert SEPTA Railroad Division yard inspector noticed something was funny with Car 812, and as a result, the agency quickly […]

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I Tried SEPTA Key — and I Think it Works

Eat my dust, Philadelphia. I got SEPTA’s new payment technology. This morning at 6 o’clock, stations around the city began accepting “early adopters” for the […]

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SEPTA: Key Should Fully Launch by Fall 2016

SEPTA says its long-awaited (and long-delayed) card fare payment system will finally fully launch by late fall of this y ear. A “limited” launch of SEPTA […]

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SEPTA Proposes Budget Increase, But No Fare Hike, for 2017

SEPTA has published its proposed operating budget for fiscal year 2017 (PDF), which begins in June. The $1.39 billion operating budget represents an increase of $40 […]

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Coming Soon: Two New SEPTA Bus Routes?

SEPTA’s Annual Service Plan for Fiscal Year 2017 includes two new bus routes that won’t be launched in the coming fiscal year. That’s because the agency […]