Newsletter: 🚋 Help Save Our Trolleys | 🌉 Biden's Infrastructure Plan & Philly | ⛽ Revising The Gas Tax

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 143


SEPTA’s purchase of the site at 6901 Elmwood Avenue would grow access to jobs, drive economic development, and reduce car reliance throughout the region.

We need your help to make this happen

Ask State Senator Anthony Hardy Williams, State Representative Joanna McClinton, State Representative Regina Young, and Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson to support SEPTA’s purchase of this site.

The Trolley Modernization Project, and tens of thousands of residents and workers who rely on our Trolley system every day, is relying on SEPTA to obtain this site.

As a first step for this project, SEPTA approved the purchase of 6901 Elmwood Ave, to establish a new modern trolley maintenance facility. However, Amazon is proposing a logistics center for that site, putting SEPTA’s plans in jeopardy.


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WHYY's PlanPhilly spoke with 5th Square Transit Committee Member Camille Boggan about what we would like to see from Biden's ambitious infrastructure plan.

"I hope to see U.S. transit agencies take a closer look at who their consistent riders have been throughout the lockdown periods and use this funding to make a much needed shift away from focusing service on 9-to-5 demand."


Cheddar wrote an article about how the emergence of electric vehicles is causing lawmakers to revisit the federal gas tax, and heard from our member Dan Trubman about a potential vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax.

"I think the basic idea for a VMT is that if you're financing highway projects with the gas tax and everyone switches over to electric vehicles, you're not going to be raising as much revenue. That may be true in the future, but it's not a particular issue right now. Electric vehicles are still a tiny share of the market for cars and zero-percent of the share for trucks."


The Circuit Trails Coalition wants trails to be safe and inviting spaces for everyone--and we need your help to make it happen! Please complete this survey to share your feelings and experiences surrounding safety on trails. By sharing your thoughts, you will help improve the trail experience #OnTheCircuit and be entered to win a HydroFlask hydration pack and other Circuit Trails gear!

For questions or more info contact Anya Saretzky at [email protected]


Tuesday, April 13, 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM EDT
DVSGA | Andre Perry on Race and Land Use
The Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance is hosting Andre Perry of the Brookings Institution about the intersection of race and land use in our region and how smart growth can respond to a long overdue call to action on considering the role of race in regional growth patterns.



The Philadelphia Inquirer | Shuttered El stop illuminates depth of Philly’s entrenched social problems

Philadelphia Business Journal | Kenney floats bringing back commercial corridor improvements in budget




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2021 AARP Community Challenge - 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 accepted for projects to improve public spaces, housing, transportation, civic engagement, coronavirus recovery, diversity and inclusion, and more. Due 4/14

PA Dept of Health WalkWorks - Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Development of Active Transportation Plans and Policies to Establish Activity-Friendly Routes that Connect to Everyday Destinations. Due 5/14

PHFA - 2022 Housing Policy Fellowship Program Application - The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency ("PHFA") is accepting applications for the 2022 Housing Policy Fellowship Program. The Fellowship will provide an opportunity for the selected recipient to undertake a project/program that addresses a housing issue of significant interest/relevance to the applicant. PHFA is attempting to create a cadre of new leaders that will think creatively and broadly about possible solutions to the ongoing affordable housing needs of Commonwealth residents. Due 6/18

Apply for the Housing Solutions Collaborative. ChangeLab Solutions is accepting applications for the Housing Solutions Collaborative ― a learning collective for cross-sector community teams that will offer peer support, technical assistance, and a stipend to help teams in eight cities advance legal and policy solutions to the growing housing crisis. Due 4/9

Nominate a leader for NLC's 2022 Institute - For over a decade, New Leaders Council has provided leadership development to an emerging generation of leaders. With 9,000 alumni in 50 communities and states throughout the country, NLC intentionally recruits local leaders across identity, issue, and industry. Do you know a leader in your community that would benefit from NLC's leadership development training? Nominate them today!

2020 Latinos and Planning Division Student Scholarship - The purpose of the LAP scholarship program is to foster increased interest in the study of urban planning within the Latinx student population at the advanced undergraduate and graduate levels. The program is open to third and fourth year undergraduate students and first and second year masters degree students. One scholarship of $500 will be awarded to be used for fees, books, or academic materials. Due 5/31



Lehigh Valley Planning Commission | Director of Transportation Planning and Data

City of Philadelphia, The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy | Public Art Director

Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity | Program Analyst

City of Philadelphia | Executive Director of Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations

Daybook | Program Manager-Planning & Sustainability

Philly Community Wireless (PCW) project | part-time Community Engagement Liaison

NKCDC | Director of Real Estate & Economic Development

City of Philadelphia | Neighborhood Organizer

Delaware Nature Society | Youth Development Coordinator

Temple University Small Business Development Center | SBDC Start-Up Business Consultant

Port Authority | Intern, Transit-Oriented Communities group

Edward Welch | PA Real Estate Appraiser Apprenticeship (Trainee)

Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia (CAGP) | Cambodian Community Access Advocate, Lao Community Access Advocate

CIC | Assistant Director of Sales & Relationship Management

Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia | Build Site Supervisor

JMT | Architect/Project Manager

Rutgers University - Camden | Senior Researcher

Philly East Falls Development Corporation | Executive Director

Impact100 Philadelphia | Executive Director

The Community Preservation Corporation | Asset Manager (Multi-family lending)

Local Initiatives Support Corporation | Assistant Program Officer - Resource Development - Idealist

SEPTA | Senior Operations Administrator

City Parks Alliance | Senior Membership Manager

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