Newsletter: 👕 New Blvd Subway Shirts! / 🧊 Thank You for Supporting Philly Phreeze / 🚇 New L Cars

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 267


We are excited to announce that we are releasing a new design for our Roosevelt Blvd Subway t-shirts.

Support the subway in style with this design by Philly artist GRIMGRIMGRIM. You can preorder now for delivery in late March.

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Together with your help, we have reached our goal and raised over $5000 to help Philly's public pools reopen for the summer.

Though we have reached our goal, Philly Phreeze is still accepting donations and we encourage you to contribute if you can.


At a time when many transit advocates are worried about SEPTA's looming fiscal crisis, we have some positive news to share.

SEPTA has won a federal grant of $317 million for new Market-Frankford Line cars. This means that in as soon as five years, we could start to see new and improved trains running on the L.

These new cars would go a long way towards improving the rider experience and improving reliability as the current M4 cars have been plagued with structural issues (clever SEPTA mechanics have been fixing these issues with "hoagies of steel").


✍️ Walk Roll Delco Survey

Delaware County is embarking on a mission to enhance the quality of life for its residents through the development of an Active Transportation Plan. Take the survey.

🚌 Support SEPTA Bus Revolution

Buses are a vital lifeline for getting folks around Philly, with many neighborhoods completely reliant on this service being fast, frequent, and reliable. SEPTA’s Bus Revolution would make buses more useful for more people by redesigning its entire bus network which would result in over a million more people gaining access to frequent bus routes.

Learn more about why we support Bus Revolution and sign our petition in support.

💸 Support SEPTA Funding

Governor Shapiro has announced that he plans to direct $282 million in sales tax revenue to SEPTA and other PA transit agencies. This will cover a significant portion of SEPTA's deficit, but we must keep up the fight ensure Governor Shapiro's proposed funding comes through and to find an additional funding source to cover the remaining deficit.

You can help by signing this petition, and reaching out to elected officials.

🛣️ Stop I-95 Expansion

PennDOT is planning to expand I-95 in Center City and South Philly by adding lanes and new ramps. This will threaten the well-being of our neighborhoods by worsening air quality, increasing noise pollution, and harming our access to the waterfront.

Join us in telling PennDOT that highway expansion has no place in the core of Philadelphia by signing our petition.

🗳️ Register to Vote

Planning to vote in the upcoming primary election? You can register to vote here and then you can request an absentee or mail-in ballot. To vote in the primary, you must register by April 8th.


StreetBoxPHL Right of Way Roundtable
Friday, February 23 · 12 - 1pm EST, Virtual
How To -Traffic Calming, Daylighting, Abandoned Bikes Sweeps and More

Philly Full Moon Ride February Snow Moon
February 24th, 8:45pm | Art Museum Steps

2024 Philly Bike Expo
March 16-17th | Convention Center
The Philly Bike Expo is an annual weekend-long event featuring exhibitors, seminars, presentations and events representing the spectrum of cycling.








Lincoln Institute of Land Policy / Senior Analyst, Center for Geospatial Solutions

Fairmount Park Conservancy

Councilmember Gauthier's Office / Zoning and Planning Aide

Northern Liberties BID / Marketing and Events Coordinator


Delaware & Lehigh

City of Philadelphia / City Forrester

Riverfront North / Project Director

Philadelphia Parking Authority / PEO Bike Patrol

Parking Reform Network / Policy Director

NV5 / Civil/ Transportation Engineer


Clean Air Council / Transportation Outreach Coordinator

Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia / Better Bike Share Partnership Educator

WHYY / Editor/Director, Billy Penn

New Kensington Community Development Corporation


Young Involved Philadelphia Board Prep Program

YIP’s Board Prep Program is a leadership development program designed to prepare young professionals for non-profit board service.

This comprehensive program is facilitated by Philadelphia-based experts well versed in non-profit board governance. During this intensive training program, we will introduce the key components of thoughtful, engaged, and dedicated board service. We will also provide an opportunity for participants to connect with Greater Philadelphia area non-profit organizations seeking board members, committee members, and volunteers.

Young professionals seeking to learn more about non-profit board governance, join a non-profit board, or already serve on a non-profit board are welcome to participate. Graduates of YIP’s Board Prep Program will join a vibrant, diverse, and deeply engaged community of alums working hard to make Philadelphia the best city.

Philadelphia City Planning Commission Working Group

PCPC is currently preparing an update to the comprehensive plan called Our Philadelphia.

Our Philadelphia promotes more equitable investment across all neighborhoods. PCPC seeks graduates of the Citizens Planning Institute and members of the Our Philadelphia Steering Committee to join a Working Group that will prepare for future engagement efforts. The Working Group will provide a space for residents and staff to collaborate on how best to conduct educational processes within priority communities. This will lay the foundation for residents to fully engage in the update of the comprehensive plan. Working Group participants will receive a stipend of $1,200. Apply by March 6, 2024

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