2020 Press Coverage

December 17, 2020
The Philadelphia Inquirer" SEPTA awards $3M contract for bus network revamp, eyeing a faster and easier-to-use system"

December 11, 2020
BillyPenn"Parks and Rec is reopening some fields usually locked for winter so people have more outdoor options"

December 10, 2020
WHYY / PlanPhilly"City Council creates Strawberry Mansion conservation district — a first for an ‘underrepresented’ community"

November 17, 2020
The Philadelphia Inquirer"It’s all on the line for SEPTA and its riders, from service cuts to layoffs"

November 11, 2020
KYW Newsradio 1060"Unlikely target of Trump’s wrath, Republican city commissioner defends integrity of Philly elections"

October 26, 2020
The New Republic"The Future of the Democratic Party Is in Pennsylvania"

October 22, 2020
WHYY / PlanPhilly"Mayor Kenney’s first 2020 veto reversed in win for Society Hill Civic"

October 14, 2020
The Philadelphia Inquirer"$14 million structural and biking upgrades to Grays Ferry Bridge should be finished in the spring"

September 30, 2020
Southwest Globe Times"Stop Vehicle Deaths on Cobb Creek Parkway!"

September 29, 2020
WHYY / PlanPhilly"Regional Rail is on life support. Essential workers can bring it back."

September 10, 2020
West Philly Local - "Petition launched for safer Cobbs Creek Parkway after another tragic accident"

August 27, 2020
Green Philly - "Pools Out for Summer: How COVID-19 stole another Philly institution this Summer"

August 20, 2020
NBC10 Philadelphia - "South Philly Neighborhood Fed Up With Piles of Trash Takes Matters Into Their Own Hands"

August 17, 2020
Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia - "Check out this Philadelphia ‘Streeteries’ Map"

August 13, 2020
The Chestnut Hill Local - "A Plan B for regional rail?"

August 13, 2020
The Philadelphia Inquirer - "Philly says it’s catching up on trash and recycling. But one neighborhood is fed up and renting trucks."

August 5, 2020
The Philadelphia Inquirer - "Rethinking SEPTA’s Regional Rail could benefit Philly’s neighborhoods | Editorial"

July 31, 2020
Associated Press - "On the streets of 'Filthadelphia,' trash is piling up, thanks to coronavirus"

July 29, 2020
PlanPhilly - 5th Square Opinion: "4 ways SEPTA can reduce COVID-19 risks on transit"

A train moves along the Market-Frankford Line. (Matt Rourke/AP Photo)

July 27, 2020
The Philadelphia Inquirer - 5th Square Opinion: "SEPTA and other transit systems are in dire need of more coronavirus relief"

Photo: ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ

July 16, 2020
Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia - "3rd Cyclist Death in a Month -- We Need Changes, Now"

July 14, 2020
The Philadelphia Inquirer - "People with disabilities say outdoor dining is making it hard to get around in Philly: ‘There is no room for us’"

People with disabilities say outdoor dining is making it hard to get around in Philly: ‘There is no room for us’

June 28, 2020
Metro Philadelphia - "Free transfers and more SEPTA trains this week"

June 25, 2020

KYW Newsradio - "SEPTA board approves new fare plan that provides free rides for kids"

June 25, 2020

PlanPhilly - "Free SEPTA rides for kids under 12 coming in July"

A SEPTA bus approaches City Hall in a bus lane.(Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

June 25, 2020

The Philadelphia Inquirer - "SEPTA board approves fare changes; $2.2 billion for operating, capital budget"

SEPTA board approves fare changes; $2.2 billion for operating, capital budget

June 22, 2020

The Philadelphia Inquirer - "Rename Taney Street in Philly is the latest campaign to erase a racist past"

Rename Taney Street in Philly is the latest campaign to erase a racist past

June 21, 2020

Philly Voice - "Philly residents call for Taney Street to be renamed"

Taney Street Philadelphia

June 20, 2020

Philly Voice - "Fare changes suggested to SEPTA's proposed restructuring plan"

septa covid 19 fare restructuring

June 18, 2020

PlanPhilly - "SEPTA committee recommends kids ride for free in new fare proposal"

SEPTA Rt. 48 bus

June 18, 2020

The Philadelphia Inquirer - "SEPTA proposes last-minute fare changes: Children ride free, more time for free transfer"

Activists from 5th Square, an urbanist political action committee, lobbied in March for fare changes at SEPTA headquarters in Center City Philadelphia.

May 31, 2020

The Philadelphia Inquirer - "Advocates want coronavirus to lead to better public spaces in Philly"

Advocates want coronavirus to lead to better public spaces in Philly

May 28, 2020

The Philadelphia Inquirer - "By not closing streets, Philly misses chance to be a leader in safe social distancing | Opinion"

By not closing streets, Philly misses chance to be a leader in safe social distancing | Opinion

May 26, 2020

The Philadelphia Inquirer - " Thoughts ahead of SEPTA’s fare changes? Now’s the time to speak up."

Thoughts ahead of SEPTA’s fare changes? Now’s the time to speak up.

May 26, 2020

PlanPhilly - "Rider advocates call on SEPTA to cut Regional Rail fares to ‘integrate’ system"

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority trains are seen parked in the vicinity of 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (Matt Rourke/AP Photo)

May 14, 2020

PlanPhilly - "Philly is making it easier to turn your block into a place for play this summer"

Families play on a North Philadelphia Playstreet in a 2018 photo. (Courtesy of the City of Philadelphia)

April 16, 2020

PlanPhilly - "Philly should close streets to cars, open space for social distancing, advocates say"

April 1, 2020

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 5th Square Opinion "SEPTA’s fare restructuring can help replace flawed in-person hearings with fair public input"

March 31, 2020

The Philadelphia Inquirer - "Should Philly close more streets to cars during coronavirus? | Pro/Con"

March 21, 2020

Philadelphia Magazine - "Helen Gym Is the Most Popular Politician in Philadelphia"

March 12, 2020

The Philadelphia Inquirer - "SEPTA, PATCO see slight drop in ridership amid the coronavirus"

SEPTA, PATCO see slight drop in ridership amid the coronavirus

March 11, 2020

KYW Newsradio - "SEPTA aims for equity, efficiency with new fare proposals"

Metro Philadelphia - "SEPTA shares proposed fare restructuring plan"

The Philadelphia Inquirer - "SEPTA’s new fare proposal means relief for some commuters, a hike for others"

SEPTA’s new fare proposal means relief for some commuters, a hike for others

March 9, 2020

South Philly Review - "Philly won’t be getting a safe injection site anytime soon. Supporters of the cause think there’s plenty of blame to go around."

March 6, 2020

The Philadelphia Inquirer - "As SEPTA readies fare proposal, GM Leslie Richards asks riders for opinions"

PlanPhilly - "As SEPTA prepares new fare structure, new group pressures for free transfers"

Transit Forward Philadelphia organizer Yasha Zarrinkelk (left) hosted a panel discussion with SEPTA General Manager Leslie Richards, (second from left) Chris Puchalsky, director of policy and strategic initiatives for Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability, (second from right) and City Councilmember Helen Gym at Azavea. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

March 1, 2020
NRDC Expert Blog Philly Celebrates Launch of New Transit Advocacy Coalition

Philadelphia SEPTA Bus

March 5, 2020
The Philadelphia Inquirer - 5th Square Opinion "SEPTA transfer fees are an outdated, burdensome penalty on Philadelphians"

March 1, 2020
Metro Philadelphia "Philly announces Transit Forward Philadelphia launch"

February 29, 2020
The Philadelphia Inquirer "Transit Forward Philadelphia, a new advocacy coalition, is ready to hear your concerns"

February 27, 2020
The Philadelphia Inquirer "Councilmember Gauthier, transit advocates call on SEPTA to end transfer fees"

February 26, 2020
Pennsylvania Capital-Star "Could charging Pa. motorists for rush-hour driving pay for infrastructure? PennDOT wants to find out"

February 24, 2020
The Philadelphia Inquirer "Overcrowding, delays on Market-Frankford Line not caused by skip-stop change, SEPTA says"

February 12, 2020
BillyPenn "Part of Filbert Street is going car-free this summer. Should Chestnut be next?"

February 10, 2020
The Philadelphia Inquirer 5th Square Opinion "Market-Frankford Line issues underscore need for more transparency from SEPTA"

February 6, 2020
Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia - "What Goes Into An Action Alert? A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Our Advocacy"

February 5, 2020
Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia - "Amendment Withdrawn; Protected Bike Lane Legislation Passes Committee"

February 5, 2020
Grid Magazine - "Bike Talk: Citizen Police"

February 3, 2020
WHYY "How do riders want SEPTA to spend its money? On ADA-compliant trolleys and trains past Elwyn, to name a few"

This rendering shows the double-deck passenger coach being built for use on SEPTA's Regional Rail system by CRRC Corporation Limited. (CRRC)

January 31, 2020
The Temple News"Mayor’s citywide street sweeping plan lacks detail"

January 29, 2020
University City Review "Will SEPTA Save, Sell Or Scrap The Last Of Our Old Trolleys?"

January 30, 2020
The Philadelphia Inquirer "City workers turn Philadelphia’s iconic Parkway into an illegal parking lot, and others follow"

City workers turn Philadelphia’s iconic Parkway into an illegal parking lot, and others follow | Inga Saffron

January 30, 2020
The Philadelphia Inquirer "SEPTA urged to ‘Fix the 15’ and improve communication as historic trolley line gets bus service"

January 22, 2020
Philadelphia Magazine - "SEPTA Says the Historic Route 15 Trolleys Will Return Late Next Year"

January 22, 2020
South Philly Review"Can Washington Avenue be improved to be more pedestrian friendly? Philly’s urbanist PAC says yes."

January 22, 2020
WHYY - "SEPTA taking Girard Ave. trolley off rails; 78% of fleet can’t pass inspection"

January 16, 2020
The Philadelphia Inquirer "Where the wild things park: Why so many cars in Philly park illegally"

January 15, 2020
Streetsblog USA - "Philadelphia Mayor Makes Big Bike and Transit Promises. Advocates Have Doubts."