June 23, 2015 |
Cars, cars, parked everywhere in South Philadelphia. On expansive lots below the Walt Whitman Bridge, on parcels at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. On Norfolk Southern Corp. rail land, and along the old Mustin military airfield now part of 200 acres known as Southport, at the eastern end of the Navy Yard. Since August 2010, when Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. moved their vehicle-import business from Baltimore and Newark, N.J., ports to Philadelphia's waterfront, the number of shiny Hyundai Sonatas and Kia Sorentos rolling off ships has risen from 127,406 in 2011 to 143,258 in 2012 and 151,296 last year.
June 8, 2015 |
Dana Russell was driving up Roosevelt Boulevard on a freezing February afternoon in 2011 when he realized the car he just passed was his stolen Chevy Impala. Ten days before, two men had hijacked the burgundy sedan from his wife. "They all got guns on them, I know that for sure," Russell told the police dispatcher as he turned around and tailed his stolen car into North Philadelphia. The officer asked how he knew. " 'Cause my wife was robbed at gunpoint. " At the wheel of the 2000 Impala sat Frederick Bell, 41, an ex-con with a long rap sheet.
May 18, 2015 |
Adam Supplee drives his Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid each weekday from his Collegeville home to work in Phoenixville. Usually, he drops it off at the electric car charging station at the Phoenixville Municipal Building parking lot and walks to work. But when Supplee returned to the lot from a meeting Thursday afternoon, he found a Nissan Leaf and a Ford C-Max using both available plugs - a first since the free stations opened in October. "I was kind of pleasantly surprised," said Supplee, 42, a landscape architect.
May 7, 2015 |
Here's a clever way to secure a parking spot on Philadelphia's congested streets and help save the planet, too. Buy an electric vehicle. Under a little-publicized program, EV owners can apply to the Philadelphia Parking Authority to install a curbside charger in front of their homes. If approved, the PPA will mark the spot with EV-only parking signs. It's more effective than the time-honored trick of using lawn chairs to save a parking spot. And it's backed by the authority of legions of eager PPA enforcement officers.
March 28, 2015 |
SEPTA plans to spend $535 million next year to buy new vehicles, replace and repair rail bridges, upgrade train stations, and begin overhauling its Center City subway concourse. The proposed capital budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 is $37 million, or 6.4 percent less than the current capital budget, which contained a one-time infusion of $85 million in federal funding. Among the projected spending is about $160 million earmarked to replace and overhaul vehicles. That will include 13 new locomotives, the first of 525 hybrid buses that will be purchased over five years, and the start of procuring about 45 bi-level railcars to increase capacity on the Regional Rail lines.
March 14, 2015 |
The Moorestown Police Department on Thursday backed off its plan to acquire a mine-resistant vehicle from the federal government, citing concerns expressed by residents. It was "more than we really needed," Lt. Lee Lieber said, "as far as its capabilities. " The Inquirer reported Tuesday that the department was interested in obtaining the Navistar MaxxPro Dash through the federal 1033 program, which lends surplus military equipment to police agencies at little cost. The program came into the spotlight last year when police in Ferguson, Mo., responded to violent protests with armored trucks and militarylike weapons after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by a police officer.
March 13, 2015 |
Drivers for Lyft, the electronic ride-hailing service, will be permitted to use older vehicles by late May, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission ruled Wednesday. Lyft, which has been seeking to increase its number of drivers in Pennsylvania, will be able to use vehicles that are up to 10 years old, with fewer than 350,000 miles. But it must wait until new PUC regulations are approved by state authorities and published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, which could be as late as May 26. The new vehicle rules will replace the current standard, which requires that taxis and other for-hire vehicles be no older than eight years.
October 2, 2014 |
A quiet neighborhood in Edgewater Park was awakened early Tuesday by the unfamiliar sounds of gunshots. Soon, the tree-lined suburban street, which residents say typically sees no police action, had turned into a crime scene. The shots were fired around 3 a.m. by an off-duty Delanco police officer, Basil Warren, at a man he found inside his personal vehicle, which was parked on the 200 block of Stevenson Avenue, authorities said. In a statement, Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi and Edgewater Park Police Chief Gene J. DiFilippo said the shooting was being investigated.
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.