Debido a la escasez de choferes de autobuses escolares el Distrito Escolar de Filadelfia está ofreciendo miles de dólares a padres y guardianes para que llevan y recojan a los niños a los planteles. | From: NBC10/Telemundo62 (Read more.)
The School District of Philadelphia is exploring ways to make up for a bus driver shortage that’s disrupted the first two weeks of classes. One potential remedy being considered is bringing in National Guard troops. | From: WHYY (Read more.)
After a year-plus of pandemic-disrupted learning, persistent bus woes have kept some students out of school completely and left parents and school staff scrambling yet again. | From: The Inquirer (Read more.)
SEPTA is looking to collectively rename its subways, trolley routes and a light rail as the “Metro” — part of a $40 million effort to make the public transit system easier to navigate. | From: Billy Penn (Read more.)
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.)
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.)
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.)