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Weekly Newsletter, Issue 110

This spring SEPTA will vote on a fare restructuring package, and this Thursday we will be presenting our asks to the Board at their monthly meeting, held via telephone.

Sign TODAY to let SEPTA know you want fairer fares when the Board votes in May

We believe SEPTA’s Fare Restructuring Plan is a great first step as proposed, but it needs to go further to build a system that works for riders of all ages and incomes. Getting this right is an important part of rebuilding ridership after COVID-19.

“Fair Fares” Recommendations:

  1. Eliminate the Transfer Penalty
  2. Implement Fare Capping
  3. Provide Free Rides for Children
  4. Accept TransPass on Zone 1 Rail

5th Square has also called on SEPTA to broaden the range of public outreach strategies they're using in addition to the virtual hearings for their Fare Restructuring Plan to ensure there's representative feedback on their plan.


SEPTA is holding its April Board meeting via telephone THIS THURSDAY and we need your help advocating for the Fair Fares platform by leaving a comment.

RSVP by noon TODAY if you are interested in helping offer public comment for Thursday's meeting and we'll get in touch with suggested talking points.



While many of us are spending more time at home, here's one way we can still participate in local politics: vote from home in the upcoming election. Primary day is June 2nd.

Any registered PA voter can request a mail-in ballot for any reason: either online (need PA ID) or by mail. You can also register to vote or update your voting address online.

The mail ballot request must be in by May 26th. 


🛣️ Support Open Streets During COVID-19

People need more safe recreation options during the stay-at-home order, and the best way to crowding at public spaces is to designate a lot more car-free space in every neighborhood. We're supporting this petition by Feet First Philly and the Clean Air Council demanding more open streets for pedestrians during the crisis.



Thursday, April 23rd, 3 - 4 PM
⭐ SEPTA's April Board Meeting 
SEPTA is holding its April Board meeting via telephone and we need 5th Square supporters to help advocate for the Fair Fares platform by making a public comment TODAY via phone message. Please RSVP if you are interested in helping and we'll get in touch.

Tuesday, April 21st, 6 - 8 PM
Preservation Alliance: Assembling Fairmount Park, 1844-1926
During the first quarter of the 20th century, Philadelphians built what was, for a short time, one of the country’s largest urban park systems. Elizabeth Milroy, Professor and Director of the Art History Program at Drexel University, will reveal how art and politics combined to influence the expansion of green spaces in the city.

Thursday, April 23rd, 12 PM
The Philadelphia Land Use and Approval Process During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Hear from a panel of top city government officials and community group leaders who are playing a leading role in keeping the Philadelphia development approval process moving forward during this challenging period.



Walking around your neighborhood and visiting parks are among the very few recreational activities residents are still allowed to do outside their homes -- how can this happen responsibly when so much of our street space is dedicated to cars?

The Inquirer's Inga Saffron and Plan Philly's Meir Rinde cover the movement here in Philly calling for more space for people, and broadly supported by many advocacy groups, RCOs, and City Councilmembers.




The New York Times | Transit Has Been Battered by Coronavirus. What’s Ahead May Be Worse.



The Philadelphia Inquirer | Is Philly air cleaner because of coronavirus stay-at-home orders?

PhillyVoice | Drone video captures Philly's empty streets during coronavirus pandemic

Vox | How to make a city livable during lockdown



The Philadelphia Inquirer | Philadelphia officials stopped Rivers Casino from closing off its Delaware River trail, but that’s not enough

The New York Times | Cities Close Streets to Cars, Opening Space for Social Distancing

Streetsblog USA | Don’t Let U.S. Driving Levels Rebound After COVID-19






Community organizations providing support to our most vulnerable neighbors are facing unprecedented strain on their resources with COVID-19. The PHL COVID-19 Fund will rapidly and equitably deploy solutions and resources to help our nonprofit community navigate near-and longer-term challenges from COVID-19 and ensure that critical resources remain available for those in our community who need it most.

The Philadelphia Emergency Fund for Stabilization of Early Education (PEFSEE) aims to ensure that Philadelphia’s early learning sector can weather the COVID-19 crisis. PEFSEE will provide grant funds to minimize the loss of capacity and expertise in the sector so that children and families continue to have access to high quality early learning opportunities once this crisis has passed.Tiered grant awards of up to $20,000 will be made available to provide immediate relief to eligible organizations with operations located in the city of Philadelphia.

All 50 states, the District of Columbia, five territories, and numerous tribes are working directly with FEMA under President Trump’s March 13, 2020, nationwide emergency declaration for COVID-19. Under this emergency declaration, and subsequent major disaster declarations, certain private non-profit (PNP) organizations are eligible to apply for funding through FEMA’s Public Assistance program. This fact sheet provides guidance for determining the eligibility of PNP applicants and work performed in accordance with the COVID-19 emergency and major disaster declarations.

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. (Due 5/29)



Resolve Philadelphia | Executive Assistant (Part Time)

Dot Connector Studio | Operations Associate

Azavea | Software Engineer

WHYY | Reporter, PlanPhilly

Center City District | Corporate Partnership Coordinator, Manager of Retail Attraction, Part-Time Staff, Marketing Coordinator

The William Penn Foundation | Program Officer - Creative Communities

Strawberry Mansion Community Development Corporation | Project Coordinator

Community Design Collaborative | Executive Director 

JEVS Human Services | Careerlink at Suburban Station | Youth Navigator

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia | Communications Manager

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation | Property & Concessions Manager

The Pew Charitable Trusts | Senior Officer, Pew Fund in Philadelphia

TRA | Project Analyst

South Kensington Community Partners | Greening Programs Coordinator


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