SEPTA smoking; EVEV returns; Arena strike authorized

SEPTA: “This isn’t Route 420”

Before 2020, complaints about smoking on Philadelphia public transit were relatively rare. In 2024, whether it’s vaping, tobacco, marijuana, or K2, smoking is one of SEPTA’s most common complaints.

BP’s Sarah Frasca talked to SEPTA leaders and riders about the transit agency’s Smoke-Free SEPTA” campaign with redesigned signage, announcements on platforms, and increased police presence to keep up the pressure on smokers not to light up. Continue reading…

SEPTA’s anti-smoking campaign features advertising encouraging riders not to smoke on the transit system. (Sarah Frasca/Billy Penn)

Every Voice, Every Vote collab is back to focus on Philly

Last year, Billy Penn joined WHYY News and more than 50 other media organizations and community groups in the Every Voice, Every Vote project to spotlight voices in the community as part of the coverage of Philadelphia’s mayoral election. 

This year, the EVEV initiative is back with $2.85 million in grant money now being made available to support journalism and civic engagement around the issues that matter to Philadelphians. Continue reading…

Kevin Mahoney, CEO of University of Pennsylvania Health System, speaks during the WHYY News Business Breakfast. The group discussed business priorities for the next Philadelphia mayor and council. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

RECAP: What else happened?

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• PHL is the testing ground for new TSA handheld language translation devices that plays audio and displays text in 83 languages. [PhillyVoice]

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