July 23, 2015 |
Americans travelled more highway miles through May than during the first five months of any previous year, the U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday. The department warned that "increased gridlock nationwide can be expected unless changes are made in the near-term" to expand highway capacity or shift travel from roads. The new record of 1.26 trillion miles topped the previous record of 1.23 trillion miles set in May 2007. The new data showed that Americans drove 275.1 billion miles in May, the most ever in May of any year.
June 29, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. They call it the "Beep-Beep Tunnel," and when you come across it as you make your way through Glenolden Park on your walk to MacDade Boulevard, you'll immediately know why. On either side of the one-lane tunnel that takes West Knowles Avenue under the CSX rail bed, motorists must stop and honk their horns to determine that no cars are starting in...
January 26, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Horsham is "a little different market" when compared with surrounding communities, veteran real estate agent Gary Segal says. For one thing, he notes, even in the off-season that runs from just before Thanksgiving to a week after Super Bowl Sunday, the market here is "fairly hot. " Says Segal: "I sold a couple of real good ones" - including newly constructed houses, which command the top prices in any market - "that brought the second-highest price in Horsham this year to a [relocation]
January 17, 2015
One person is dead, and the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Northeast Philadelphia and Bucks County are expected to be closed for several more hours after a five-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon, police said. The crash occurred about 1:15 p.m. on the highway between the Woodhaven Road and Street Road exits. Two tractor trailers and three smaller vehicles were involved, said state police Sgt. Michael Tinneny. One of the trucks spilled srap metal across the lanes, which is why I-95 is expected to be closed for such a long period of time, Tinneny said.
December 18, 2014 |
U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) and Pasquale T. "Pat" Deon Sr., chairman of the SEPTA board and a commissioner of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, made a private trip to China last month to urge wealthy Chinese to immigrate to the United States by investing in a major highway construction project in Bucks County. Fitzpatrick and Deon met with about 250 potential investor-immigrants in Beijing and Shanghai. Fitzpatrick paid for the cost of the trip for himself and his son with campaign funds, his chief of staff, Athan Koutsiouroumbas, said Wednesday.
October 17, 2014 |
* FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS. 11 tonight, HBO. * BIG DRIVER. 8 p.m. tomorrow, Lifetime. BACK IN THE days when Dave Grohl was a drummer in Nirvana, his father, "a classically trained musician and writer," used to call him up and issue that classic parental warning: "Hey, you know this isn't going to last, right?" Grohl believed him. But as he told reporters this summer in a session for his new HBO series, "Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways," that was 24 years ago. What's more, it's been 20 years since Grohl, in the wake of Kurt Cobain's death, decided to record his own music, ultimately putting together the band Foo Fighters.
September 14, 2014 |
Since all-wheel-drive crossover SUVs have become so popular in snow-prone places such as Philadelphia, I thought an AWD crossover variation on the Annual Inquirer Cheap Car Survey might be of service. As it turns out, you don't have to spend half of the gross national product of Uganda to get home in a snowstorm. I found five perfectly serviceable AWD crossovers for less than $22,500. Indeed, three of them are less than $21,500. These entry-level compact crossovers are base models with decent standard equipment litanies and reasonable room for folks and cargo.
September 7, 2014 |
It is a medical fact that many of you suffer from the trauma triggered by window sticker shock and awe. But now that the 2015 models are upon us, we can offer a therapy for automotive affordability anxiety: the 29th Annual Inquirer Cheap Car Survey. So, with a brake drum roll and a flourish of vehicular horns, let us get on with the business of diminishing the cost anxiety, thus dulling the exquisite pain of showroom shingles. This year's six-pack of low-rent rides is priced under $15,000.
August 5, 2014 |
You'd have thought we'd have taken a long road trip years ago, stoked as we were in our younger days by Steppenwolf's anthem to 1960s wanderlust, "Born to Be Wild. " Alas, we two never were very wild. And adventure to us always seemed more accessible by air or sea than by highway. We had never really taken off across the country just to see what's there. But last spring, we decided it was high time we gassed up the car to go road-tripping to see friends, family, landscapes, tourist attractions, and famed sights scattered across America's midsection.
August 5, 2014
While easing human travels via the Atlantic City Expressway, New Jersey officials have admirably accommodated the rare reptiles that might venture to cross the highway. Better yet, they're deploying technology to make sure they do so. Vehicles traveling along the six-lane highway, which divides the Pinelands National Reserve, are a threat to some of New Jersey's already threatened wildlife population. One rare creature that finds its home in the Pinelands is the elusive northern pine snake.