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  • 01 Jul 2024 9:52 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    In an effort to promote safety and cleanliness, SEPTA transit police will begin issuing tickets -- with fines up to $150 -- for violations of low-level crimes, like smoking, drinking alcohol and urinating on transit vehicles

    SEPTA police begin ticketing for quality-of-life crime violations – NBC10 Philadelphia (

  • 16 Apr 2024 4:19 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)


    EXCURSIONS FROM THE SQUARE is offering three one-day trips to NEW YORK CITY this spring. Join an optional walking tour, visit a suggested museum, attend a performance at the AMERICAN BALLET THEATER, or simply enjoy the BIG APPLE on your own. Departures are from RITTENHOUSE SQUARE, and CCRA members automatically get a $10 discount!  Click here for more details.

    Call Ellen Kay Coleman at 215 732 8487 for more information.

  • 28 Feb 2024 2:32 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Donors of $25 million to the Kimmel Center want to rename the Philadelphia Orchestra’s home after Anderson, instead of themselves.

    Verizon Hall will be renamed for singer Marian Anderson - WHYY

  • 27 Feb 2024 1:56 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The nine-seat van will take people on a four-stop loop as part of a program to test autonomous vehicle technology.

    Navy Yard to debut Pennsylvania's first self-driving shuttle service | PhillyVoice

  • 11 Jan 2024 12:18 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Here’s a quick summary of what we see as the impact to the neighborhoods served by the CCRA.  There are three distinct areas for transit users in the CCRA neighborhoods:   folks who live within easy walk of the Market, Chestnut, Walnut Corridor (the "Business Corridor”) and two areas whose residents live too far away to easily access the corridor routes: one in the East, Broad to 18th, (“CCW by Broad”) and the other from 18th Street West to the Schuylkill (“CCW by-the-Schuylkill”).

    Note, the service levels being promised require some explanation . For 30 Max, that level is promised for weekdays between 6AM and 9PM and on Saturday’s from 8AM to 9PM and Sunday from 9AM to 7PM.   10 Max would be every 10 minutes weekdays from 6AM to 8PM and every 15 minutes until midnight, Saturdays 8AM to 9PM, and Sundays 9AM to 7PM. 15 Max is similar to 30 Max except the promised frequent service is every 15 minutes, not every 30.

    For the Business Corridor there are changes, but none that will inconvenience many users as frequent service is preserved on the major east west routes. The situation is further helped by these folks having easy access to the Subway Surface and Market Frankfort EL at 30th and 15thStreet for longer trips.  Moving the 42 to South/Lombard from Chestnut/Walnut will rob these residence of a direct bus route to the Penn/CHOP medical complex.   Now residents will need to use the 21 and change to the rerouted 40 which will enjoy more frequent service than currently.

    Route 21 — No changes (10 max)

    Route 9 — Minor changes in turn-around in Market East (30 Max)

    Route 12 — More convenient because Eastbound Service shifts to Chestnut Street from Locust. No changes Westbound.  New route replaces the 42 on Chestnut, which shifts to South Street (replacing the 40) (30 Max)

    Route 17—No changes in Center City.  Elimination of Navy Yard extension should improve reliability. (15 Max)

    Route 42 – Shift to Lombard/South will make travel to the Penn/CHOP medical complex more difficult for some who work and consult with clinicians there.

    For the CCW By Broad, there are few big change—some minor inconveniences and a couple of improvements.   

    Route 2 — stays on current route North on 16th, South on 17th.  Changes to access Wayne Junction in North Philly.  (30 Max)

    Route 12 — No longer an option on Locust Street leaves only the Rerouted 42

    Route 42 — Replaces the 40.   Better access to Pennsylvania Hospital and Old City by moving route east of Broad to Pine from South

    More frequent (10 Max) service westbound on Lombard good for folks working in University City

    Route 17 – No changes that will affect these residents

    For the CCW by-the Schuylkill there are some improvements and a loss of eastbound service on Locust Street that will inconvenience some

    Route 7 — Changes at the ends of the route may improve reliability.  Folks headed to Pier 7 will need to change busses at Oregon. Original plan to eliminate the 7 connection with North Philly was dropped; so go visit your friends in Fairmount and Brewerytown. Another plus, still an option for Trader Joes trips (30 Max)

    Route 12 — now rerouted east at Chestnut rather than Locust.   This will rob residents in Rittenhouse of one option to head East, although reliability of the old route limited its utility. On the other hand with the 7, 12 north becomes an option to reach the high speed rail system at 22nd and Market more conveniently.  Route loses connection with Southwest Philly west of the Schuykill which should affect very few (perhaps those who worked at U. Of Sciences).  Shortening and reroute to Chestnut should improve service, however.   It will address the loss of the 42 on Walnut, becoming part of the key Walnut-Chestnut corridor, preserving overall convenience and service except to the medical complex as noted above.  No change west/southbound so trips back to Fitler Square from Walnut Row will remain as convenient as they are today. (30 Max)

  • 05 Jan 2024 11:44 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    New changes are being made to most schedules starting this weekend.

    SEPTA announced the updates will impact the Airport, Chestnut Hill East, Chestnut Hill West, Fox Chase, Glenside, Lansdale/Doylestown, Manayunk/Norristown, Media/Wawa, Paoli/Thorndale, Trenton, Warminster, West Trenton and Wilmington/Newark Lines.

    The most significant adjustments will be on the Chestnut Hill East, Wilmington/Newark and Warminster lines, officials said.

    According to the transit agency, the new timetables will go into effect Sunday, Jan. 7 and riders are encouraged to check the schedules for new departure and arrival times.

    SEPTA officials said the changes will maintain Regional Rail service at 77 percent of pre-COVID levels. Regional Rail ridership has returned gradually and is currently at about 58 percent of pre-pandemic levels.

    To see a full list of schedule changes visit and you can see real-time service updates on the official SEPTA app.

  • 21 Dec 2023 11:20 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

     Mayor-elect Cherelle Parker (video) and City Council Majority Leader Curtis Jones Jr. will speak about the "Blueprint for a Safer Philadelphia" in a news conference Thursday morning. The news conference will be live-streamed in the video player above and on CBS Philadelphia.

    Parker and Jones will be joined by Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, state Sen. Vincent Hughes, state Rep. Morgan Cephas, as well as other local elected officials, members of the Philadelphia Police Department, Philadelphia Defenders Association and community stakeholders.

    The "Blueprint for a Safer Philadelphia" was put together after a meeting with almost 150 stakeholders at St. Joseph's University on Sept. 30. A news release said it's a "solution-focused summit to address crime and gun violence in Philadelphia."

    The plan will be presented to Parker and her team at the event Thursday. 

    Earlier this month, Parker introduced Philadelphia to her "intergovernmental roundtable" working with her before she takes office.

    In the past week, the mayor-elect has named Tiffany W. Thurman as her chief of staff, Sinceré Harris as chief deputy mayor of intergovernmental affairs, sustainability and engagement, and Aren Platt as chief deputy mayor of planning and strategic initiatives.

    On Wednesday, Parker announced Alba Martinez will be the commerce director and Renee Garcia will be city solicitor in her administration.

    Last month, Parker named Kevin Bethel as the city's next police commissioner. Bethel has been serving as chief of school safety for the School District of Philadelphia since 2019. Before his role with the city's school district, Bethel worked was a deputy commissioner with the Philadelphia Police Department from 2008 to 2016.

    Bethel will take over as police commissioner from interim John Stanford Jr. when Parker is sworn in as mayor in January.

  • 19 Dec 2023 4:38 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    As of mid-December, work to replace the water main along S 22nd is about 75% complete and is estimated to be complete by mid-January 2024. The sewer work will begin immediately after, and is scheduled to take 5 weeks to complete. Re-paving will follow the sewer work. With no unanticipated delays, the project will be complete by late February 2024.

  • 18 Dec 2023 10:57 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The holiday celebrations continue. Looking for something to do?  Here's some suggestions.

    Things to Do in Philadelphia This Week & Weekend — Visit Philadelphia (

  • 23 Nov 2023 10:19 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    You could crack open your wallet for any of the great, ticketed holiday light shows in the Philly area, including Shady Brook Farms’ Holiday Light Show or A Longwood Christmas, but if you’re looking for free options, this list is for you.

    The best holiday light shows in the Philly area (

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