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Weekly Newsletter, Issue 119

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Currently, parking-protected bike lanes aren't allowed under PA law. A bill to fix that is nearing the finish line in Harrisburg right now, but it needs another push to get it over, with a vote of the full Senate.

We are signal-boosting an action by the Bicycle Coalition to help get this important bill passed.

Will you take a few minutes today to send an email to your State Senator making two requests?
  1. Ask their leadership to bring SB565 up for a final floor vote

  2. Vote YES on SB565 when it does come up for a final floor vote



To help SEPTA continue to respond to the region’s changing travel needs and adjust service as ridership increases, they have released a survey seeking input from riders.

Customer feedback is critical to helping SEPTA improve its services. 



Transit agencies across the country are bleeding millions of dollars weekly due to the impacts COVID-19 is having on both ridership and the economy. U.S. Congress needs to invest the $32 billion to address this projected shortfall.

Unless Congress delivers more relief, this shortfall will mean fare hikes, service cuts, and shutdowns.

5th Square stands with labor, environmental, business and community orgs from across PA in asking our Senators to make sure that they include federal transit funding relief in the next stimulus package, the HEROES Act.

We are actively seeking more organizations to sign-on to this letter to Senate. If you are an authorized representative of your organization, please join us by signing!

Also, stay tuned for an announcement of an upcoming tele-townhall with PA Senator Bob Casey, Congressman Dwight Evans, SEPTA GM Leslie Richards, and more about the need for transit funding relief for the state of Pennsylvania.



Monday, July 20th, 7 PM
⭐ 5th Square Transit | SEPTA Wayfinding and Branding Update ⭐

Join 5th Square Transit for a discussion about recent work at SEPTA on wayfinding and branding, and how this fits into upcoming 5th Square priorities like trolley modernization, the bus network redesign, and more. We will be joined by Lex Powers, Long Range Planner with SEPTA Strategic Planning & Analysis.

Monday, July 20th, 6 - 7 PM
Young Professionals in Transportation | Philly Jeopardy Night

The sun is shining, the sky is clear...but things are still not fully open. Luckily, YPT Philly has at least one of your evenings covered, and all for a good cause. Join them for their first virtual Jeopardy Night! In a round-robin format, we will ask you the toughest transportation trivia from Philly and abroad. You can be on a team or go solo but we ask each participant to pay $5 to play, with all of the money going to Philabundance to fight hunger in our community.

Wednesday, July 29th, 12:30 PM
⭐ 5th Square | Anti-Racism Book Club Discussion ⭐

5th Square will be hosting a series of book club discussions to promote an ongoing discussion around racial justice in our community. Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman will lead a conversation on the first book we're reading together, "Clean and White," about the history of environmental racism in the United States. We'll be restarting our regular monthly meetings this summer, and are excited to broaden the conversation with these book club discussions as well.



Thanks to the quick action of 5th Square working alongside many of our fellow environmental advocacy organizations like Clean Air Council, PennFuture, PennEnvironment, we were able to get many of our local members of the PA House to vote "No" on HB 2025 last week. 

The bill passed, but thankfully fell five votes short of the margin needed to overcome the Governor's veto - which Gov. Wolf has indicated he will do.

Keystone Generating Station, a coal-fired power plant in Armstrong County, about 50 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
(Capital-Star photo by Stephen Caruso) 

HB 2025 promised to strip Governor Tom Wolf's ability to enter into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)—a regional cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas emissions between the governments of CT, DE, MD, ME, MA, NH, RI, and VT.

Joining RGGI sends a very strong message that Pennsylvania is serious about climate change and is serious about limiting our greenhouse gas output here inside the commonwealth.  Thank you for your emails last week in protecting this important action.



SEPTA | SEPTA COVID-19 Travel Survey

To help SEPTA continue to respond to the region’s changing travel needs and adjust service as ridership increases, they have released a survey seeking input from riders.

Univ. of Penn | Examining Influences on the Work Commute Mode Choices of Essential Workers in Philadelphia during the COVID-19 Pandemic

You are invited to take part in a research survey examining influences on work commute mode choice in Philadelphia being conducted by the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.

City of Philadelphia | Submit Your Thoughts on the Future of the Christopher Columbus Statue in Marconi Plaza

Like many communities across the country, Philadelphia is in the midst of a broad reckoning about the legacy of systemic racism and oppression in this country. Part of that reckoning is putting a spotlight on what historical figures deserve to be commemorated in our public spaces.






The Philadelphia Inquirer | Cyclist, 18, struck and killed by driver along Kelly Drive



Curb Usage | The Curb Lane: Call for Papers

Call for methodological and empirical works and scientifically based transportation research and pilot studies that can inform the academic community and practitioners on current curb usage behaviors and the future of curb space management, including COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts. 



Arts + Business Council for Greater Philadelphia | Programs Manager, Creative Community Leadership Development

Ian Smith Design Group LLC | Architect/Designer II

Transit | Partner Communications

The Barnes Foundation | Director of Marketing and Social Media

Broad Street Ministry | Covid-19 Prevention Site Residential Tech

Benefits Data Trust (BDT) | Director of Policy

The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management | Emergency Management Liaison Officer

Clean Air Council | Transportation Outreach Coordinator

The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice, at Temple University | Director of Communications

Community Design Collaborative | Executive Director

WHYY PlanPhilly | Reporter


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