It was a very sad day when Peter Javsicas was killed by a car while walking on the sidewalk on JFK Boulevard. At the Bicycle Coalition’s Vision Zero Conference earlier this month, Mayor Kenney announced steps the City is taking to make JFK and Market Street safer (see article below). Protected bike lanes will be piloted on JFK and Market, which may tempt some to label this a special facility for bicyclists. But by calming traffic on a very wide street these lanes will make all of us — motorists, pedestrians, transit users and bicyclists — safer.
At PenTrans, we want to find sensible transportation solutions. That is the work that Peter dedicated himself to. We are thankful that Mayor Kenney and OTIS have worked diligently on finding a solution for making JFK and Market safer.

On the street where Peter Javsikas was killed, the city is taking action to increase safety. A lane reduction will clear up space for parking-protected bike lanes, a wish list item for street safety advocates.
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Rail/Public Transportation

Here’s what went into creating Philly’s first new bus route in almost a decade  Philly.comSEPTA ends token sales April 30, urges riders to switch to Key  Daily Local NewsFull coverage

SEPTA will soon stop selling tokens at bus depots and most stations along its Regional Rail lines as it continues to fully implement its SEPTA Key payment system.

Government generally needs to listen more and spend less time telling people what to do. The new Port Authority CEO, Katharine Eagan Kelleman, has made a …
Funding

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said he will be making a “major statement” about New Jersey Transit in his budget address.

Funding Pennsylvania State Police with transportation dollars is once again an issue.
New Technology

Studies lift congestion fog over role of Uber, Lyft  The Philadelphia TribuneFull coverage

The information that transportation experts, urban planners, and regulators have remains very limited, even as ride hailing creates new demands on city streets and new competition for public transit.

Uber announced the launch of a new digital tool meant to book rides for patients who need assistance getting to and from their appointments.

The state is funding the $35.7 million move to an intelligent transportation system, which will include real-time ride tracking as well as security upgrades.
Bridges, Roads & Highways

A New York task force weighs a new fee on rides in for-hire vehicles in Manhattan, which would be paid by riders and raise money to fix the subways.

Michelle Schultz, deputy general counsel at SEPTA, is one of two new appointments to the Surface Transportation Board.
Bike/Ped

A push to redesign a South Philly intersection shows just how costly safe streets can be.

– Jason Laughlin, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News

Runners challenged to race SEPTA’s route 45 bus  PhillyVoice.comFull coverage
Parking

Cameras already installed on SEPTA’s buses could be the key to stopping vehicles from illegally parking in bus stops.

– Jason Laughlin, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News

Aviation

Aer Lingus Takes off from Philadelphia International  TravelPulseIrish carrier Aer Lingus’ first flight arrives at PHL  Philadelphia Business JournalAer Lingus Connects Philly With Ireland  NBC 10 PhiladelphiaFull coverage
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