Yelling at engineers is not the solution

AUGUST 16 ROUNDUP How do planners and engineers better communicate with the public? That's a question that has come up often in recent PenTrans board meetings. I'm sure many readers can relate to a planning meeting description Randy LoBasso gave to PlanPhilly, "It was an engineer-gets-up-in-front-of-a-crowd-and-explains-as-best-he-can-and-the-crowd-gets-up-and-yells-at-him sort of thing.” OTIS is having success with an … Continue reading Yelling at engineers is not the solution

Counting bus routes and how “Suburban Station” got its name

AUGUST 16 ROUNDUP As SEPTA prepares to take on a bus network redesign, it might be helpful to follow the thinking of the architect of that plan: Jarrett Walker. In a recent post (see below), he discusses measuring service hours rather than number of bus routes. In our news roundup... Fewer teens are getting driver's … Continue reading Counting bus routes and how “Suburban Station” got its name

SEPTA Bus Network Redesign, Congratulations to Jennie Granger

JULY 11 ROUNDUP SEPTA has taken an important step towards a bus network redesign with the release of the Walker Bus Network Choices Report. The success of transit in Philadelphia will depend on extensive planning and coordination by the City and SEPTA -- and ultimately suburban municipalities and the state. How will we build the … Continue reading SEPTA Bus Network Redesign, Congratulations to Jennie Granger

What Transportation Future, Greater Philadelphia?

MAY 7 ROUNDUP Continued investment in our transportation infrastructure is key to creating jobs and growing the economy in Pennsylvania. That’s been the core message of PenTrans since our founding. But the way that transportation will be funded is more uncertain than ever. And what the best transportation projects would be to increase mobility, and … Continue reading What Transportation Future, Greater Philadelphia?