Newsletter: 🏛️ President-Elect Biden's Transit Plans | 🌉 Ben Franklin Bridge Input | 🚂 Advocate for Rail Service to Allentown | 🏭 Testify to Reduce PA's Greenhouse Gases

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 129


It was thrilling to see the pivotal role our region played in tipping the votes for President-elect Joe Biden in last week's Presidential election, and 5th Square is proud of the work our members and volunteers did helping turn out the vote in their communities on Election Day.

It especially feels good to see a President-elect recognize and celebrate transit workers and riders in an inspirational video released by the Biden campaign.

We'll be sharing news about the Presidential transition in future newsletters relating to topics like transportation, housing, and other issues affecting Philadelphia and the rest of urban America. It's great to see President-elect Biden's transition page already outlining plans to address climate change through boosting quality electrified transit service.

Provide every American city with 100,000 or more residents with high-quality, zero-emissions public transportation options through flexible federal investments with strong labor protections that create good, union jobs and meet the needs of these cities — ranging from light rail networks to improving existing transit and bus lines to installing infrastructure for pedestrians and bicyclists.

New York transit advocates are also hopeful that this new administration can green light NYC's congestion pricing plan, which has been delayed for a year by the Trump administration.

Thank you to everyone who worked this election cycle to turn out the vote for our region, and to everybody who showed up to the polls and later for the Count Every Vote gatherings at the Convention Center to demand that every Philadelphian's vote be counted.



Do you walk, bike, drive, or use transit near the Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia? Do you use the pedestrian bridge, Franklin Square Park, or other nearby amenities?

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) wants to hear from you! 

Use this webmap to tell them about the issues you face accessing the bridge

Finally, take the survey to share additional comments and help guide outreach efforts.



Join members of 5th Square's Transit Committee and help by testifying at PennDOT's public meetings taking input to update the PA State Rail Plan.

We are asking folks to support including service from Philadelphia to Allentown in the list of commuter rail projects, which would connect our state's first and third largest metro regions over existing freight lines.

Take a look at the Draft 2020 PA State Rail Plan, and sign up to testify at the meeting next Tuesday, 11/17, at 6 PM.

Email us at [email protected] and we can provide you with talking points.

You can also submit comments online here.



Pennsylvania is about to take a major step to cut carbon dioxide pollution from power plants by participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

We need you to testify at the Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board’s (EQB) virtual public hearings to support RGGI

Please click here to sign up with the Clean Air Council to testify at virtual public hearings. There will be hearings December 8th - 14th. You will receive a follow-up email directly from the PA EQB to confirm your speaking slot. Our partners at Clean Air Council will provide you with assistance with your testimony closer to the hearing.

RGGI has been extremely successful in the 10 states already participating, cutting climate pollution nearly in half and raising over $3.6 billion for clean energy and other purposes.

Pennsylvania power plants emit more carbon pollution than those in the other 10 RGGI states combined, and it is time for Pennsylvania to combat climate change and create thousands of new jobs by participating in RGGI.



Where you live should not dictate whether you receive the quality education and resources you need.

Right now, 86% of Pennsylvania students attend schools that don’t receive adequate resources to give students a shot at reaching state academic standards, according to state law. This impacts Philadelphia and urban places all across PA, who receive less than their due, making city school districts less competitive with suburban ones as a matter of state policy.

How much is your district underfunded per student? Check out the interactive map to see state data for your district. Help spread the word by sharing it with your neighbors.



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Tuesday, November 10, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
DAG | SEPTA Rail Transit Wayfinding Master Plan
SEPTA is redesigning the wayfinding system for its Rail Transit network, comprised of the Market-Frankford Line, Broad Street Line, Trolleys, and Norristown High Speed Line. This presentation will provide an overview of the project and work that has been done to date. 



2020 Indego Bike Share User Survey

This is Indego's 6th annual user survey! By filling out this survey, you are providing valuable feedback to help make Indego better. Please share this survey with your friends and networks, even if they don't use bike share. By completing this survey you'll be automatically entered into a raffle for a chance to win a free $250 gift card of your choice!

SEPTA Wayfinding Survey for the "Rail Transit Network"

Want to help SEPTA create a better wayfinding system for our Rail Transit Network? Fill out this survey and enter to win a Monthly TransPass!






National Low Income Housing Coalition | New Research Finds Transit Development Has Limited Effect on Displacement

Pew | How Philadelphia Can Address Its Affordable Housing Shortage


Philadelphia Department of Public Health | Livable Communities Engagement Projects

The Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention/Get Healthy Philly aims to serve as a community bridge, bringing together residents, representatives from local government, and partner organizations to understand and address issues that residents identify as challenges to physical activity and mobility. Eligible entities include community organizations, non-profits, Friends’ groups, advisory councils, and other groups with the ability to contract with the City of Philadelphia directly or through a fiscal sponsor. (Due 11/20)

Economy League of Greater Philadelphia | Well City Challenge

Have an idea for improving millennial health? Submit your idea to the #WellCityChallenge, a social impact initiative supporting community solutions for millennial health. Apply by 11/20 for an opportunity to access mentors and $100K in support.

Jefferson | Masters Program in Urban Design - Future Cities

The Master of Urban Design – Future Cities (MUD) educates the next generation of urban designers, architects and researchers in the development of sustainable, healthy and smart cities and communities.

DRWC | Penn's Landing Cost Estimator RFP

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) is hereby seeking responses from reputed, qualified and experienced firms for cost estimating for the Penn’s Landing Cap and Civic Space (I-95 Central Access Philadelphia-CAP). (Due 11/30)

DVRPC | Public Participation Task Force Application

The purpose of this application is to help DVRPC create a diverse, engaged body to address regional planning and public participation practices in the nine-county DVRPC region. Share with us your personal experience living in the region and with planning projects; you are an expert of your own community and we want to hear from you! (Due 12/27)

Feet First Philly | New Mini-Grant Program

Philadelphia communities face substantial hurdles when attempting to reinvent public space, especially in communities of color. Feet First Philly is partnering with the Department of Public Health to provide funding for mini-grants to create public space amenities, particularly in underserved communities. (Due 12/15)

Northern Liberties Neighbors Association | Website Redesign - Request for Proposals



Action Wellness | Prison Linkage Program Case Manager (Center City), Housing Specialist (North Philadelphia)

Drexel University | Vice President of Real Estate and Facilities

PHDC | Housing Rehabilitation Inspector IIIService Representative IAttorney

Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Communications | Deputy Communications Director

Equal Measure | President

Spak Group | Building Maintenance Technician / Punchlist Carpenter

The City of Philadelphia | Skilled Trades Trainee, Rebuild

Montgomery County, PA Planning Commission | Principal Transportation Planner

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) | Associate Director of Meadowbrook Farm, Chief Marketing Officer, Development Services Officer, Human Resources Intern, Marketing & Communications Intern - Spring 2021, Philadelphia LandCare Field Specialist, Tree Specialist

Nikil Saval | State Senate Staff

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey | Senior Analyst – Data Science

CoStar | Architectural Photographer

City of Philadelphia | Urban Forestry Community Organizer

The Public Interest Law Center | Executive Director, Staff Attorney

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) | Procurement and Contracts Specialist

Exact Solar | Experienced Residential Solar Installer

Benefits Data Trust (BDT) seeks an Associate Director of Partnerships

Rebuild - The City of Philadelphia | Community Engagement Director


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