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  • 26 Jun 2020 11:29 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Big changes are coming to SEPTA fares. The SEPTA board approved a plan that includes one free transfer per trip.

    Children under 12 will now be able to ride free with a fare-paying adult.

    SEPTA said the fare restructuring plan will help riders during a difficult economic time. The new fares go into effect on July 1.

    Meanwhile, SEPTA is working on a plan to develop a three-day pass for people who don’t ride five days a week.

  • 26 Jun 2020 6:08 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    As the City reopens and institutes the Safer at Home reopening plan, the Streets Department announces a return to regular weekly trash and recycling collections. Effective Monday, July 6, the Streets Department will resume collecting recycling every week along with trash. Residents should not set out their recycling materials the week of June 29 in continuance of the every-other-week collection schedule.

  • 26 Jun 2020 2:38 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    BRACING FOR A SECOND WAVE: The City of Philadelphia is issuing a mandatory order on masks and face coverings requiring residents to wear them in public places as a new spike in cases threatens to delay the city's reopening.

    A second wave of the coronavirus is beginning in Philadelphia, Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said Friday as he announced increases in new cases, implemented a requirement for all residents to wear masks, and said he would reconsider whether the city can move into the “green” phase next week.

  • 25 Jun 2020 10:14 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Starting Monday, June 29, Regional Rail will run hourly weekday service on most lines, with the Airport and Paoli/Thorndale Lines operating every 30 minutes throughout the day. The Chestnut Hill West and Cynwyd Lines will remain suspended: #ISEPTAPHILLY

  • 24 Jun 2020 3:42 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Mayor Kenney said in a statement today that the city will ask the Art Commission on July 22 to approve the statue's removal "in light of ongoing public safety concerns about the presence of armed individuals at Marconi Plaza [in South Philly] and confrontations between those who support the statue and those opposed to it."

    Individuals will have an opportunity to testify before the Art Commission, and residents can submit their thoughts via an online form that will be open through July 21.

  • 23 Jun 2020 2:37 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    From the Inquirer:  At the University of Pennsylvania, administrators wanted to do something to help rising seniors in Philadelphia’s public high schools close any gap that may have been opened by the coronavirus pandemic.

    Penn is offering a free, four-week virtual summer academy — including college and career preparation and academic enrichment — for up to 2,500 seniors in the city’s district and charter high schools. For students unable to commit to the three hours a day of instruction, Penn also is offering a free “How to Apply to College” course that students can take on their own time and at their own pace during the summer. That is open to all 14,000 public school seniors in Philadelphia.

    Students don’t need to meet any test score or GPA requirements. The $1.15 million cost of the program is being covered by Penn.

  • 23 Jun 2020 12:36 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Philadelphia Zoo will open for members only July 6-8 and will open to the general public starting July 9.

    Reservations are required for ALL GUESTS, including members.

  • 22 Jun 2020 4:27 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The Parking Authority is, once again, enforcing parking meters citywide.  Enforcement of residential time limits will resume Monday, June 29.

  • 22 Jun 2020 4:01 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    As you likely have heard by now, Philadelphia is looking ahead to the green phase of reopening. COVID-19 daily case counts are falling, residents are wearing masks, and hospitalizations are dropping.
    This Friday, we’ll reopen more businesses and restart more activities—still as part of the yellow phase. If our progress continues, we will be ready to carefully enter the green phase in early July.
    Even in the green phase, we will still restrict some activities that are allowed by the state, and we’ll have stricter guidance. We don’t want to see a second wave, as many states are now experiencing.
    Philly: You didn’t just flatten curve—you suppressed the virus and saved thousands of lives. Thank you for your perseverance. Let's continue our progress.
    Yours in service,
    Jim Kenney
    Mayor of Philadelphia

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