Category Archives: Transportation

Why Are There So Many SEPTA Unions?

I would think that having SEPTA on one side of the negotiations, and a bunch of different unions on the other would weaken labor’s negotiating power. Another question I have is whether the fragmentation in labor representation makes some types … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Labor and Unions, Transportation

Keystone Corridor Rail Service Sees 33.9% Jump in Ridership

When you increase frequency, you get more passengers. That is the lesson for the sad Daily Pennsylvanian line between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. Increasing service on that line closer to Keystone Corridor level is a key public investment that we need … More after the jump

Posted in Transportation

Higher Parking Turnover Is Good For Downtown Business Districts

Downtown businesses used to know this, but when you only have a limited amount of space in your core downtown, you need high parking turnover at curb spaces to get enough people through the door. Most people who come into your … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Land Use, Transportation

Why PA’s Urban Areas Can’t Have Nice Things

A few comments on this post noted that school district consolidation at the county level wouldn’t do anything for Philadelphia, and that’s true. Philly already has a countywide school district. But this gets at the political problem with having varied … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Land Use, Transportation

#PAGov: All Democratic Candidates Support Bill Peduto in the PUC Fight Over Lyft

As I pointed out yesterday, the dispute over ride-sharing rules between Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission isn’t really a city issue. It’s a state issue because the Governor appoints members to the PUC. So since … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Governor, Transportation

#PAGov: Do the Democratic Candidates Support Bill Peduto in the PUC Fight Over Lyft?

Bill Peduto wants the Pennsylvania Utility Commission to change its policies to legalize not only these new ride-sharing apps like Lyft and Uber, but also other paratransit services like jitneys that the PUC currently bans. Cars are dangerous, which is … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Governor, Transportation

What to Read on Land Use Politics

I write about land use politics a lot (less so here now that I’m blogging here now) and it’s a fun emerging issue in Democratic politics that progressives should strive to know more about. I’ll co-sign on this reading list from … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Land Use, Transportation

Cars Are Dangerous

Nothing to see here, just a 50-100 car pile-up on the Turnpike this morning: The wreckage included at least 16 cars and SUVs piled up behind two big rigs, a van overturned, a jackknifed tractor-trailer turned with multiple cars crashed into it and … More after the jump

Posted in Transportation

Peduto Rebuffs Yellow Cab Whiners

Sorry Halfie, looks like whining about “allow[ing] competitors to nibble away at our business” isn’t getting you anywhere with this administration: On Wednesday, Kevin Acklin, chief of staff for Mr. Peduto, said the Democratic mayor supports introducing Lyft and similar companies … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Transportation

Bill Peduto Ran on Bringing More Taxi Competition to Pittsburgh

The funniest part of the taxi cartel whining to Bill Peduto about ride-sharing apps Uber and Lyft, and begging him to introduce a city ordinance to make the taxi market uncompetitive, is that Peduto ran on bringing more competition into … More after the jump

Posted in Transportation