5TH SQUARE IN THE NEWS
🚋 A SETBACK FOR TROLLEY MOD
🛣️ MANAGING THE RETURN OF CARS
🚂 REFORMING COMMUTER RAIL
Jake Blumgart of Governing delves further into the concept of commuter rail reform, this time examining whether agencies across the US can implement better platforms, high-tech fare systems and fewer workers in its delivery.
Today the future of America’s commuter rail model, including its heavy staff levels, is in doubt because of COVID-19. Unlike their counterparts in Europe or eastern Asia, these lines are a boutique service and offer few options on the weekends or weekday non-peak commuting periods. That’s because U.S. regional rail systems have long been oriented toward suburban white-collar commuters.
This is a companion piece to Blumgart's first article, Taking the ‘Commuter’ Out of America’s Rail Systems and looks into reforms which we at 5th Square have been advocating for years -- in terms of making SEPTA's rail system work beyond the traditional suburban commuter.
We have most recently gained traction on this issue with our our petition for SEPTA to restore service & lower fares on regional rail, and its companion opinion piece on WHYY.
Most promisingly, regional rail reform has been picked up as a priority in the Philadelphia Transit Plan, a forthcoming fare study by DVRPC, and SEPTA's promise to develop a Regional Rail Master Plan.
Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
ULI Philadelphia: Benefits and Burdens - Case Studies in Transportation Equity in the Philadelphia Region
Metropolitan Planning Organizations often find it challenging to measure equity impacts of major infrastructure investments, but understanding these impacts is critical to ensuring future projects meet equity standards and goals. The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) tasked a team of Temple University Graduate students to define a clear way of measuring equity to evaluate past projects and inform future policy and planning decisions. During this presentation hear from DVRPC about the scope of this project and the two student teams on their findings and recommendations after developing a methodology and applying it to eight past infrastructure projects ranging from transit to roadways to trails.
Saturday, July 24, 2021
TransportationCamp PHL 2021 Summer Gathering
As discussed prior to TransportationCamp PHL 2021, the TCPHL21 team is pleased to be hosting an optional extension of the conference — the TCPHL 2021 Summer Gathering — on Saturday, July 24, 2021. The gathering will be an opportunity for TransportationCamp participants to interact with one another in an in-person setting, accounting for the improved global pandemic conditions. Additional details will be shared in the coming weeks, but you can expect a day of fun urban exploration with fellow TransportationCamp participants, concluding with a happy hour in the afternoon.
Lower Poquessing Creek Trail Feasibility Study - "The Philadelphia City Planning Commission wants your help planning a 4.3 mile section of the Lower Poquessing Creek Trail. Please provide comments to https://wikimapping.com/LPC.html on where you would like connections to the trail, how you would use a new trail, and more. Having input from residents, local businesses, and community groups will help us identify challenges and determine the best trail alignments and access points. Please contact Keith Davis at [email protected] with any questions, comments, or suggestions.
SEPTA Forward: Bus Revolution Survey - As part of SEPTA's bus network redesign, they will be looking for input from transit riders and community members throughout the process. Please take a moment to tell them your hopes for the project and early thoughts about SEPTA’s bus services. The survey will take 2-3 minutes to complete.
- The 25th Street Transportation Safety Study will look at ways to improve traffic and road conditions along 25th Street. The study will cover the area from Washington Avenue to Passyunk Avenue. The project will partner with nearby residents and businesses to propose short- and long-term safety improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. The Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) and Michael Baker Intl., a transportation planning firm, will guide the study and engagement.
WHAT WE'RE READING
🌳 PUBLIC SPACE
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🏙️ HOUSING & LAND USE
GRANT, PROJECT, & EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
2021 Healing the Planet Grant Program - The Healing the Planet Grant Program, funded by The GIANT Company, aims to build environmental stewardship by connecting people and families to community green spaces, improve community green spaces, support environmental restoration efforts, and support community gardens. Applications will be accepted for $2,500, $5,000, $10,000, $15,000 and $25,000. Interested applicants that have smaller projects that do not meet the minimum grant of $2,500 are encouraged to expand the scope of their project or partner with another organization. Applications for less than $2,500 will not be considered. A list of criteria for eligible projects can be found below. Applications will be accepted online June 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021 at 5:00pm EST.
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
Philadelphia Parks & Rec / Seasonal Maintenance Attendant - Mifflin Sq Park
Johnson, Mirmiran, and Thompson Inc. /
Fairmount CDC /
Pennsylvania Voice /
The Food Trust / Director of Finance
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) / Transportation Planner
Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC) / Policy Director
The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice in the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University / Practitioner-Researcher, Program Manager, Interim Operations and Human Resource Specialist, Senior Research Associate, Research Associate, Graphic Designer, Manager of Marketing, Office Manager
FMC / FP&A Business Partner – Global Research and Development and Global Regulatory
Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson / Traffic Section Head
ULI Philadelphia / Associate, ULI Philadelphia
Bread & Roses Community Fund / Director of Grantmaking
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation / Summer Jobs
Transit Forward Philadelphia / Transit Fellow
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