Newsletter: Let's Win Free Transfers 🚍🚇🚊 | Concourse Scavenger Hunt 🏹 | Ban Cars on Chestnut 🚫🚗🏙️

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 105


SEPTA is considering making transfers free when they vote on their new fare policy this spring, but it's not a done deal just yet.

Join other free transfers supporters TODAY at SEPTA's Board meeting at 3 PM, and help us tell the Board you want to see free transfers in SEPTA's fare proposal when it comes out next month.

Show up at today's meeting, which should be about a half-hour from 3-3:30, and we'll have a sign for you and talking points. 3rd District Councilmember Jamie Gauthier will be attending, and over 30 people have RSVP'd. Come show your support for free transfers for 30 minutes today at 3!

Our final round of candidate endorsement voting comes in March -- join us as a member today to be a part of this process!

Become a member for as little as $5 a month to be able to help shape our candidate slate in this year's state legislative primaries.This is the crux of what we do as an all-volunteer urbanist political action committee. Help us support great local candidates who share your values, and let's send some more people to Harrisburg with good transportation, land use, and public space ideas.


Pennsylvania's primary is early this year on April 28th because of the Presidential election, and candidates running for state office will be on the ballot too.

Check out the candidates' responses to our 2020 state legislative questionnaire on our Election Center page.



The Enterprise Center and consultant JVM Studio are currently seeking community feedback to shape design concepts and prioritize recommendations for a streetscape improvement plan that covers the stretch of 52nd Street from Arch to Pine.

CCD Clean & Safe Survey 2020 -- Let CCD know your thoughts and experiences regarding safety and cleanliness in Center City by answering six simple questions.



Thursday, February 27th, 3 PM - 4 PM
⭐ SEPTA February Board Meeting ⭐
Join 5th Square Transit at the next SEPTA Board Meeting to help call for the elimination of the $1 transfer penalty when they vote on this year's fare changes later this Spring.

Saturday, February 29th, 11 AM - 1 PM
Feet First Philly - Concourse Walk and Wayfinding Scavenger Hunt
The Center City Concourse is a sprawling underground network of walkways that connect SEPTA's subway stations, regional rail stations, PATCO, office buildings, and even a mall. Join Lex, a Feet First Philly Steering Committee member whose day job happens to be a Planner at SEPTA, on a walk to explore the Center City Concourse!

Wednesday, March 4th, 5 - 8 PM
Frankford Ave Open House
You can stop by anytime between 5 PM and 8 PM to learn about potential improvements and identify other opportunities for transportation changes on Frankford Ave between Cottman Avenue and Rhawn Street.

Wednesday, March 4th, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Event Series Kick-off: Connecting the Dots on //Public Space//
Connect the Dots and THINK.urban are hosting a networking happy hour. Join them at Tattooed Mom's for networking and discussion with other practicing urbanists involved professionally in public space, placemaking, outreach and surveying, and other public engagement work in Philadelphia.

Thursday, March 5th, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Design Advocacy Group: Historic Preservation, Public Memory and Social Justice
Faye Anderson is this month's guest speaker at DAG, discussing race and preservation, and efforts to preserve Philadelphia's Black historical footprint.

Thursday, March 5th, 6:30 - 9:30 PM
GRASP - South Philly State Rep. Meet-&-Greet
Join GRASP at Second District Brewing for a meet-and-greet with candidates running for all PA State Rep positions in South Philadelphia - these districts include the 175th, 182nd, 184th, 185th, and 186th. 

Saturday, March 7th, 10 AM - 4 PM
Vision Zero Conference 2020
For six years, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s Vision Zero Conference has been bringing leaders and expert voices from around the Delaware Valley and the country into Philadelphia for a day of talks, panels, and workshops.



Monday's morning commute on the Market Frankford El saw delays and overcrowding and SEPTA's twitter account was wrongly attributing it to the elimination of A/B skip-stop service. After one of our organizers, Michael Noda, pointed out these problems were actually caused by mechanical issues, and SEPTA corrected the record.  Thank you SEPTA for setting the record straight! 



Should Chestnut Street become car-free?  Heck Yeah! This perennial idea has made the media rounds again in the media in the wake of successful examples in NYC and SF and a recent petition by new 5th Square member Jeff Stern. We should do it for the sake of mobility and safety, and because in 2020, unlike the 1970's, we'd make it an amazing public space that people would love instantly. Also, the Inquirer's Editorial Board gave a qualified approval of this concept and their Twitter poll shows an 86% positive reaction from Twitter posters, so you know it's legit.






KYW | Future of Philly transit is steering away from cars, study suggests

Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia | Intersection Protections to be Installed in Society Hill


Philadelphia Magazine | Six Years Ago, SEPTA Said We'd Get More-Frequent Regional Rail Service. What Happened?

NBC10 Philadelphia | SEPTA Riders Have More Trains to Choose From

Philadelphia Inquirer | The El's 'dramatic change' for riders starts Monday | The life-changing magic of enjoying a free ride

NBC10 Philadelphia | SEPTA Riders Want Cleaner, Safer Trips, According to New Survey

Billy Penn | How SEPTA's board commutes: Cars, walking...and a bit of public transit

WHYY | Next to arrive on SEPTA: Real-time countdown on BSL

PhillyVoice | SEPTA to install countdown clocks in all subway stations by 2022




The Board Prep Program hosted by Young Involved Philadelphia (YIP) is a 7-week intensive training program supporting young professionals who are interested in being nonprofit board members - or who already serve on boards - and are seeking an education in thoughtful, engaged, and dedicated board service. (Due 3/6)

TransportationCamp PHL is pleased to present the first ever TranspoCamp academic award for undergraduate and graduate students! Please prepare a response to the following prompt.

Clean Air Council wants to hear from you about your vision for the former refinery site, tell you about how to provide input into the remediation planning process of the site, and discuss how to advance policies that would promote public health and safety at the refinery site and the entire city.

Serve Philadelphia is holding its Civic Engagement Academy.  The Civic Engagement Academy is about inspiring local community change through training and skills development.

Nominations are also open for the Clean Air Commuter Award. Do you or someone you know brave snow covered sidewalks, rainy bike rides, or early morning small talk to get to work each day, reflecting your commitment to the environment? Enter the most dedicated sustainable commuter you know in our annual Clean Air Commuter of the Year award! Fill out this form to nominate a Clean Air Commuter! Nominations for the Clean Air Commute Awards close on March 15, 2020.

Nominate a Clean Air Commute Employer! The Clean Air Council is looking to honor the most sustainable-commute-friendly, Philly-based employer!

SEPTA Citizen Advisory Committee - Membership Application - this group is made up of transit riders representing Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties. There are currently a number of vacant positions and we are seeking transit riders, from across the SEPTA service region to apply to become a CAC member.


The application period for the 2020 AARP Community Challenge is open! The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund "quick-action" projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. Applications are being accepted for projects to improve housing, transportation, public space, technology ("smart cities"), civic engagement and more. (Due 4/1)

DVRPC's Competitive Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) seeks to fund transportation projects that will improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion in the DVRPC Region. CMAQ eligible projects will demonstrably reduce air pollution emissions and help the DVRPC region meet the federal health based air quality standards.

Grants for play in PhiladelphiaKaBOOM! and William Penn Foundation invite you to apply for Play Everywhere Philly, an exciting new program awarding $1M to support child development and literacy skills through play installations in Philadelphia.  Idea Form due 3/6/2020.

PWD’s Soak It Up Adoption program. This grant-based green stormwater infrastructure (‘GSI’) monitoring and engagement program is actively seeking new partners for 2020. The bottom line is that civics and nonprofits who are eligible can receive small, annual grants to care for constructed GSI within their borders. The program is built upon a two-prong approach of weekly GSI site visits, and reporting, as well as community engagement.

PHDC is pleased to issue this Request for Proposals to owners and/or property managers (on behalf of owners) of affordable housing properties with income-restricted rental units that were built or substantially renovated with federal, state or local subsidies.  PHDC is seeking Respondents who are interested in participating in a new program (Shallow Rent Pilot Program) designed to provide monthly rent vouchers, not to exceed $300/month, to tenants who are leasing units in the City of Philadelphia at rent levels that exceed 30% of their gross income. (Due 3/9)


South Kensington Community Partners | Greening Programs Coordinator

The City of Philadelphia's Department of Commerce | Director of Business Development - Strategic Technology Initiatives

Theatre Philadelphia | Executive Director

Riverfront North Partnership | Greenway Stewardship Assistant

West Philadelphia Skills Initiative | SEPTA - Bus Operator Program


MilkCrate | Senior Full Stack Engineer, React Native Engineer, Technical Account Associate, Business Development Associate, Customer Success Associate and Interns

Witty Gritty | Community Engagement Coordinator and a Project & Client Manager 

SEPTA is currently recruiting to fill entry level Engineer I positions for their SEPTA 2020 Engineering Management Rotation Program set to begin after June, 2020. These opportunities are in various Departments in our Engineering, Maintenance and Construction (EM&C) Division and our Vehicle Engineering Division (VE). (Due 3/1)

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation | RSI Swim Philly Coordinator, RSI Park Ambassador, Worksite Monitor, RSI FarmPhilly Program Assistant

Next City seeks a talented journalist of color for a one-year freelance reporting fellowship starting April 2020. (Due 2/28)

Rodriguez Consulting is seeking a Civil Engineer with 4+ years of experience to perform Post-Construction Inspections of Private Developments in Philadelphia as part of a team that is working under the direction of the Philadelphia Water Department's (PWD) Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Implementation Unit.

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