March 4, 2020

SEPTA’s tap-to-exit program is scheduled to expand to 30th Street Station on Wednesday, making the initiative available at every Regional Rail station in Center City, the transit agency announced.

Riders with Key Cards, senior citizen passes, and magnetic stripe passes who get off at 30th Street Station will now be able to tap or swipe to exit at a small numb...

March 3, 2020

If you board a train, streetcar, or bus in Luxembourg, beginning on March 1, you’ll no longer pay a fare. The country is among the first to pioneer fully free public transit.

The move aims to help reduce inequality—even though the tiny country is known for its wealth, poverty is increasing. “The objective is to stop the deepening gap between rich and poor,” t...

February 27, 2020

In 2021, Seattle will have a new hockey team. And when hockey fans head to a game at the new arena where the team will play, they could choose to sit in some traffic on the freeway and pay for parking downtown, or they could hop on a bus or light rail—completely free of charge. NHL Seattle (the team doesn’t have a name yet) will be the third sports franchise...

February 12, 2020

There are many things about New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) that are worth complaining about, but its new subway car design may not be one of them. Last week the MTA provided a first glimpse of the new R211 cars designed by Kawasaki Rail Car Inc., which was awarded a $1.4 billion contract for the project in 2018.

The new cars are revoluti...

January 14, 2020

For the subways, buses, and light rail lines of America, the last five years have been nothing but bad news. Since 2014, low gas prices, aging infrastructure, and the rise of Uber and Lyft have led to spiraling ridership on public transit systems from coast to coast.

But the latest statistics from the National Transit Database suggests that a turnaround may b...

November 25, 2019

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards will take over as SEPTA’s general manager in January, becoming the second woman to hold the position at the nation’s sixth-largest transit agency.

The SEPTA board voted unanimously to appoint Richards during Thursday’s meeting, confirming a rumor that she would succeed Jeffrey Knueppel, wh...

November 22, 2019

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority is planning to expand its modernized payment method to Regional Rail riders by spring, writes Patricia Madej for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

“That’s our plan,” said Rich Burnfield, SEPTA’s treasurer and deputy general manager.

The Key cards have been adopted by transit riders for some time no...

November 15, 2019

People visiting Independence Hall, Chinatown or Old City are one step closer to a transit option that’s been out commission for 40 years.  

PATCO has won a $12.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to repair, remodel and reopen its abandoned Franklin Square Station located at Race Street between 6th and 7th streets. The station close...

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State Transportation Commission Adopts Updated 12-Year Transportation Program - PennDOT

August 14, 2020

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