Newsletter: πŸš‡ Subway news, 🍻 November meetup, 🚌 Bus Revolution open houses

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 206


The Roosevelt Boulevard Subway Workshop was this past Saturday morning, and featured Jody Holton of SEPTA, Ashwin Patel of PennDOT, and Mike Carroll of OTIS, the city transportation department.

Patel confirmed that the Route for Change report would be amended with a subway analysis. Route for Change is the city's analysis of Roosevelt Boulevard, along with proposed changes, that was released in May 2021.


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If you missed the workshop, catch the video on YouTube or Facebook. Add your support of the project by signing the petition!


Join 5th Square organizers and volunteers for an informal, in-person meet-up over at Woodland Presbyterian Church on November 17th! This is an indoor/outdoor, family-friendly event where we will provide updates on our recent campaigns and talk about what's in store as we start to wrap up 2022. If you've been meaning to check out one of our events or meetings but haven't made it out yet, this will be a good first one to come to. Bring a friend or two! We will have a fire pit going and some light refreshments.

Accessible via SEPTA trolleys 11, 13, 34, and 36, as well as bus routes 30 and 42. $5 suggested donation at the door.


SEPTA's Bus Revolution, the bus network redesign, has the newest draft out for public review. Their network redesign website has different ways to see the changes, but sometimes it's easier to have a nice big map in front of you. SEPTA will be hosting a series of open houses and several webinars to present the draft network as it pertains to your neighborhood. Displays of the routes also have an approximate timetable, so you can see the frequency of the bus route throughout the day. We strongly encourage you to attend one of these events, whether it be in person or online. This is your chance to see what's about to change, ask questions, and give your feedback. Tell everyone you know! Bring a friend!

Upcoming events for the week:

  • 11/3 Thursday from 10AM-2PM
  • Peak Center - North Penn Commons (606 E Main St Suite 1003, Lansdale)
  • 11/3 Thursday from 4PM-6PM
    Chester City Hall Community Room (1 E 4th Street, Chester)
  • 11/5 Saturday from 1PM-3:30PM
    East Passyunk Community Center (1025 Mifflin Street)
  • 11/7 Monday at 6:30 pm
    πŸ’» Community Conversation - Northwest Philadelphia (via Zoom)
Events for next week:
  • 11/9 Wednesday from 3PM-5PM
    Lucien Blackwell Community Center (4790 Aspen Street)
  • 11/10 Thursday from 12PM-3:30PM
    Bucks County Community College - Bristol Campus (1304 Veterans Hwy, Bristol)
  • 11/10 Thursday from 5PM-7:30PM
    Kingsessing Recreational Center (4901 Kingsessing Ave)
  • 11/12 Saturday from 2:30PM-4:30PM
    Upper Darby Free Library Municipal Branch (501 Bywood Avenue Upper Darby)
  • 11/14 Monday at 6:30 pm
    πŸ’» Community Conversation - South Philadelphia (via Zoom)



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5th Square transit committee member Alex Davis wrote about the much-contested KOP Rail extension. He talks about how it came to be, what SEPTA planners are considering, and the associated costs. Transit committee member Ben She contributes his thoughts around the lack of transit oriented development in the area and how walkable development will spur ridership. If you're unfamiliar with the transit situation around King of Prussia, this is an excellent piece.

"For anyone outside of a car, King of Prussia is an inhospitable wasteland. But it’s also the Philadelphia region’s third largest employment center, and as the area continues to grow, people will need efficient transit to access its economic resources." (Read more...)


Wednesday Night Ride: Navy Yard

November 2nd at 7pm
Clark Park (43rd and Baltimore Ave)

A bike ride starting from Clark Park and ending at Second District Brewery, 6mi total. The full route is on Ride with GPS.

Meantime in Philly

Thursday, November 3rd at 10am

Join DAG and Brian Phillips to discuss new ways that we can start using vacant storefront space across the city. ISA has launched a new initiative called Meantime that explores locally-based programming possibilities at the intersection of real estate development, vacant retail spaces, and keeping streetlife dynamic.

Book Talk: Exploring the World of Elizabeth Jennings Graham

Thursday, November 3rd, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

For many, the civil rights movement began with Rosa Parks’ brave stand against segregation in 1954. And yet, few people realize that the right for African Americans to freely ride in streetcars was earned a hundred years before in a landmark case in New York City. Join a virtual presentation with Jerry Mikorenda featuring his recent book, America’s First Freedom Rider: Elizabeth Jennings, Chester A. Arthur, and the Early Fight for Civil Rights, to learn more about how this conflict unfolded. The freedoms Elizabeth Jennings Graham fought forβ€”and wonβ€”underpin the civil and gender rights movements still being fought today.



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