Newsletter: 🚌 SEPTA Bus Overhaul - Finished Plans / 🚸 PennDOT Vulnerable Road Users Survey / 🖥 Improving SEPTA Real-Time tracking

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 244


After six years of planning, SEPTA is ready to unveil it's completed bus route system redesign. SEPTA will hold 10 public hearings over the last two weeks of September to collect final testimony, before the board can vote on whether or not to approve it.

Read more HERE. 

Alejandro A. Alvarez - The Philadelphia Inquirer


PennDOT is out with a new user survey of vulnerable road users (pedestrians and cyclists.) The purpose of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Vulnerable Road User Safety Assessment is to evaluate the state’s safety performance for pedestrians and cyclists, and to develop a plan to improve safety for these travelers. Filling out this survey will help PennDOT to identify concerns for vulnerable road users, so that they may recommend improvements to alleviate these concerns.


If you're interested in contributing to the success of our city's bike-share program, please consider filling out Indego's 9th 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.

We would like there to be a single-ride option to lower the barrier to entry for occasional users and visitors. Question 4 asks what is one thing that would get you to ride Indego again. You can choose "If there were a single trip pass option" for your answer if this is something you would like to see happen as well!


September 14, 2023 at 6:00pm – 8pm

Join 5th Square organizers and volunteers for an informal, in-person meet-up over at the PHS Pop Up Garden at Manayunk!

These meet-ups are casual social gatherings, and are intended as a fun way for new and existing supporters to connect with other people involved with 5th Square and urbanist issues in Philadelphia.

5th Square in the News
🖥 Improving SEPTA Real-Time tracking

Billy Penn's Meir Rinde wrote last week about SEPTA General Manager Leslie Richard's push toward customer service, which is necessary to get things like real-time tracking and countdown clocks working.

Since Richard's took over as general manager of the agency back in 2020, "she’s ushered in a “massive shift” in priorities...suggesting that over the next year riders will start seeing the fruits of a big behind-the-scenes push to improve customer service and make the system more user-friendly." The aforementioned fruits are things like a better tracking app, and in-station digital countdown clocks.

Article cites 5th Square member Chris Alfano

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SEPTA - Public Hearings Related to the Bus Revolution Network Changes
Various times and Locations
Members of the public may attend hearings in-person or join a virtual hearing. These hearings will take place at locations throughout the SEPTA service area during the month of September 2023. All locations will be ADA accessible and along an existing SEPTA bus route.

Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia - Annual Gala and Awards Dinner
Thursday, September 28, 2023, from 5:30 to 9:00pm, at The Ridgeland Mansion in West Fairmount Park
It’s a celebration you won’t want to miss — an elegant evening of cocktails, three course plated dinner, award ceremony, and silent & live auctions featuring unique cycling opportunities, bikes, gear, and surprises!

Bike MS: City to Shore Ride 2023
September 30 & October 1, 2023, Cherry Hill, NJ
Bike MS: City to Shore Ride was just named one of USA TODAY’s 10 best road cycling events for 2023! Find out why and cycle through the beautiful back roads and flat terrain of South Jersey along with a community of riders dedicated to changing the world for people with MS.







National Association of City Transportation Officials
The Transportation Justice Fellowship is designed to support US-based early- and mid-career professionals who are embedding mobility justice in transportation agencies and beyond.

Vacant and Abandoned Properties Dashboard
This dashboard helps community organizations in Philadelphia prioritize vacant and abandoned properties for anti-gun violence interventions.

  • Front end engineer w/mapping experience (React JS)
  • Python data engineer

StreetBoxPHL - Right Of Way Roundtable
Are you a BID manager, RCO Board Member, or are you the one on your block who organizes block clean ups, block parties, or other gatherings in the street? Join 
StreetBoxPHL for the Right Of Way Roundtable (ROW Roundtable) a monthly on-line meeting this Fall 2023. If you take care of public spaces in city streets, or want to learn how to build them, sign up here.

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