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As street sweepers return to Philly, some residents see a sign of progress

Street sweepers were out in Philadelphia Monday for the first regularly scheduled cleaning of residential blocks by the city in years –– and, in another recent first, residents moved their cars to make way for the cleaning crews.

Philadelphia is the only major city without a comprehensive cleaning program, following years of budget cuts and complaints about related parking regulations. Following a limited street cleaning pilot in 2020, the city committed $62 million over the next five years to boost mechanical sweeping and, last week, rolled out plans for the “phase two” pilot program that commenced Monday. Four zones in North, South, and Southwest Philadelphia were selected by the city’s Streets Department for weekly cleaning and marked with new parking asking residents to move their cars out of the curb line. | From: WHYY (Read more.)

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Philadelphia: No vaccine mandate for city, transit or school employees

As government agencies nationwide begin mandating their employees amid coronavirus case surges, Philadelphia officials have no such plans in place — for now.

Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration confirmed it will not yet mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for the city’s 26,800 employees. And no mandates exist for SEPTA’s 9,000-member workforce or the school district’s 18,000 workers, officials confirmed. | From: Billy Penn (Read more.)

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High fares for Regional Rail riders create a ‘tale of two transit systems’ in Philadelphia | Opinion

Just take a ride on SEPTA’s Regional Rail in the city, and compare that to the ride on a SEPTA bus. It’s striking how much whiter and more privileged the Regional Rail ridership appears to be. This is not just a tale of geography — wealthy suburban versus lower income inner-city riders

It is no wonder the systems are segregated. One is priced at a relatively affordable $2.00 per trip, the other is simply too expensive for many Philadelphians: The cheapest standard ticket on the Regional Rail is $4.00 per trip. | From: The Philadelphia Inquirer (Read more.)