coronavirus

It’s all on the line for SEPTA and its riders, from service cuts to layoffs

Make no mistake, SEPTA General Manager Leslie Richards said in an hour-long interview regarding what’s on the line for SEPTA and its riders. Without additional federal relief to stem losses from the pandemic as well as long-term funding solutions to ensure SEPTA’s longevity, extreme measures, including service cuts, layoffs, and fare increases, are on the table. | From: The Inquirer (Read more.)

Civic and Community Engagement

Philadelphia City Council plan trades ’good’ jobs for lower taxes on parking industry

Parking lot operators are furious about the city’s proposal to raise the parking tax even as they’ve watched their business wither during the coronavirus. In response, Philadelphia City Council is offering this deal: Develop “good jobs” and we’ll bring the rate back down. It aims to be the rare plan that appeals to both labor and employers. | From: The Philadelphia Inquirer (Read more.)