Press Release: City Council Needs to Make Outdoor Dining on Streets & Sidewalks Permanent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, September 30, 2021 PHILADELPHIA โ€” Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿค Meet-Up Tomorrow! / ๐Ÿ›ค๏ธ Regional Rail Revamp / ๐Ÿ“š Our Transit Book Launch

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 158 ๐Ÿค MEET-UP TOMORROW! Due to the rain, our outdoor meetup has moved to tomorrow evening. Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿป Meet-Up This Thursday / ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ Help SEPTA Wayfinding / ๐Ÿ“š Our Transit Book Launch

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 157 ๐Ÿป MEET-UP THIS THURSDAY 5th Square September Meet-Up // Thursday, Sep 23, 2021 - 6 PM Join 5th Square organizers and volunteers for an informal, in-person meet-up over at Cosmic Cafe & Ciderhouse! Continue reading

Press Release: SEPTAโ€™s Reimagining Regional Rail Initiative is a Promising First Step in Creating an Integrated Transit System

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETuesday, September 21, 2021PHILADELPHIA โ€” 5th Square applauds SEPTA leadershipโ€™s openness to reimagining the kind of service that regional rail can provide throughout our region. Continue reading

Press Release: SEPTAโ€™s Wayfinding Master Plan is a Long-Overdue Improvement for Riders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEWednesday, September 8, 2021 PHILADELPHIA โ€” 5th Square congratulates SEPTA on the release of its Wayfinding Master Plan and eagerly awaits its implementation in the coming years on rail transit lines. Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿš‡ Meet SEPTA Metro / ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ Germantown's Proposed Rezoning / ๐Ÿป Our Sept Meet-Up

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 156 ๐Ÿš‡ MEET SEPTA METRO SEPTA just unveiled their proposed wayfinding design for our region's rail transit network! We LOVE this new design that simplifies and unifies the Subway, El, Trolleys, and NHSL into a seamless network. Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿš Bus-Only Lanes Finally Here! / ๐Ÿšช How the US Made Affordable Homes Illegal / ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ MLK Drive Radio Hour

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 155 ๐Ÿšช HOW THE US MADE AFFORDABLE HOMES ILLEGAL The folks at VOX created a great video explaining the nationwide housing shortage and how cities across the US, including Philadelphia, have made it illegal to build more affordable homes. Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐ŸšŒ PA Turnpike Makes Last $450M Transit Payment / ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ Washington Ave Safety Delays / ๐Ÿš‰ A Tale of Two Transit Systems / ๐ŸŽธ A Tune for SEPTA

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 154 ๐ŸšŒ TRANSIT FOR ALL PA! PLATFORM Pennsylvaniaโ€™s transit services could see major cuts next year, and itโ€™s not about Coronavirusโ€”itโ€™s our legislature! Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿ”Š Better Buses Survey / ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ Last Day for Walnut & Chestnut / ๐Ÿ”ฝ Girard Petition Reaches 800

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 153 ๐Ÿ”Š YOUR VOICE FOR BETTER BUSES Take Transit Forward Philadelphia's 5-minute bus network survey and you will be entered into a raffle to receive a $50 VISA gift card! Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿ”ฝ Mayor Kenney, Veto the Downzoning of Girard Ave / ๐Ÿ’ณSEPTA Key 2.0 / ๐ŸŒž Our Harrisburg Transit Funding Rally

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 152 ๐Ÿ”ฝ VETO THE DOWNZONING OF GIRARD AVE Almost 500 petition signers are urging Mayor Kenney to veto Council President Clarke's bill that aims to downzone much of Girard Avenue east of Broad St. Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿš‚ Transit Rally In Harrisburg / ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ Road Safety for Walnut & Chestnut / ๐Ÿ“ˆ SEPTA need to grow ridership / ๐Ÿ’„ Penn Center's Makeover

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 151 ๐Ÿš‚ JOIN US IN HARRISBURG - FIGHT FOR TRANSIT FUNDING Join 5th Sq and statewide partners for a RALLY in Harrisburg - NEXT TUESDAY 6/29, to fight for PA transit funding. Continue reading

Newsletter: โœจ WIN: Parking Tax Cut Rejected! / ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ Bike Lanes for Walnut & Chestnut / ๐Ÿš‚ Fight for Transit Funding In Harrisburg

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 150 โœจ WIN: PARKING TAX CUT REJECTED! WHYY and The Inquirer are reporting that City Council is dropping their plan to cut the parking tax! This is an incredible win! Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿ’ธ Reject Cuts to the Parking Tax / ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ Ben Franklin Pkwy Revamp / ๐Ÿ˜๏ธ Affordable Units Approved for West Philly

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 149 ACTION๐Ÿ’ธ REJECT THE PARKING TAX CUT Tell Council to support transit passes for low-income residents, not giveaways to parking executives Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿš‹ A Setback for Trolleys / ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ The Return of Cars / ๐Ÿš‚ Reforming Commuter Rail

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 148 5TH SQUARE IN THE NEWS๐Ÿš‹ A SETBACK FOR TROLLEY MOD Tom Fitzgerald of the Inquirer wrote about how Amazon outbid SEPTA for land in Southwest Philly originally envisioned for a trolley maintenance yard -- and the lasting impacts this may have on modernizing our trolley fleet. Continue reading

๐Ÿšง More Safety Improvements for Cobbs Creek Parkway! ๐Ÿšง

Thank you very much forย being one of over 650 friends and neighbors who signed our petition calling for a safer Cobbs Creek Parkway. To share some promising news, the City of Philadelphia has requested $800,000 in funding from the federal government for safety improvements at key pedestrian crossings at Cobbs Creek Parkway. Continue reading

Testimony for SEPTA's FY2022 Capital Budget

5th Square members and volunteers came to SEPTA's Capital Budget hearings today to advocate for Trolley Modernization Subway Station Accessibility Expansion of Trolleybuses Bicycle Amenities at stations Here is the spoken testimony delivered at the virtual public meeting today by 5th Square members and volunteers. This is in addition to a letter delivered by the Transit Forward Philadelphia to SEPTA with comments on the proposed operating and capital budgets. Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿš‹ Speak Out for Trolleys / ๐Ÿ…ฟ๏ธ Cutting the Parking Tax is a Bad Idea / ๐ŸŒ‡ Defending Affordable Units

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 147 ๐Ÿš‹ SPEAK OUT FOR TROLLEYS! We are looking for speakers who would like to give short (2 minutes max) testimonials emphasizing the importance of clean, safe, accessible, and frequent trolley service. Personal stories are a plus! Continue reading

Newsletter: ๐Ÿ—ณ๏ธ Election Day Next Tuesday / ๐ŸŒ‡ In Defense of Affordable Housing / ๐Ÿž๏ธ Keep MLK Open for People

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 146 ๐Ÿ—ณ๏ธ PRIMARY ELECTION DAY INFO The primary election is NEXT TUESDAY, May 18, 2021. Continue reading