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The Unfunding of Philly’s Public Transit

I recently wrote a piece for Pacific Standard on the never ending rail v. bus debate. As I wrote the article I ended up being overwhelmed by how pointless the conversation seemed in the shadow of the austerity pressures that … Continue reading

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Transfers are an inconvenience for riders, so we shouldn’t have to pay for them

As long as I’m re-posting  work that was published awhile ago, here’s my first (and so far only) piece for Axis Philly. It’s about transit in Philadelphia, the historical fights over fare increases, why this one isn’t attracting as much … Continue reading

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The worst idea in SEPTA’s Operarting Budget

Last month I covered SEPTA’s Philadelphia operating and capital budget hearings for Next City. I’m not sure which were more depressing, but I’ll start with the operating budget hearings because they came first. They were packed with people, most of … Continue reading

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Philly Regional Rail System is Great, Nonsensical, and Inequitable

My piece for Next City on the problems, and potential, of SEPTA’s regional rail network. There’s a lot of fun history and weird bits about contemporary labor relations. And there’s no doubt that the system is more oriented towards suburban … Continue reading

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Digging into the new regional rail fare changes

Exactly one month ago I dug into SEPTA’s fare data for the upcoming July 1 hikes. While fares will mostly be going up across the board, the re-shuffling of regional rail zones will actually save some suburban commuters money. At … Continue reading

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Fare Free Forever!

I love public transportation. I love being able to read, nap, or work while I’m getting where I’m going. I love people watching. And I can only imagine I would love it all the more if I never had to … Continue reading

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SEPTA: Tokens (Soon To Be) No Longer Accepted

February ruined me this year. I got deathly ill three weeks ago and was able to do little but hack and read Stephen King’s The Stand for days on end. It was pretty awful and I’m only just starting to … Continue reading

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Trolleys: West Philly’s Got ‘Em

I’m continuing my quest to re-post my Inquirer op-eds, which have the nasty habit of vanishing into the ether if left to their own devices (and to Philly.com). One of my favorite things about living in West Philly are the … Continue reading

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