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Transportation and the 2015 Philadephia Democratic Mayoral Primary: Where the candidates stand

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Planes, trains and automobiles. No seriously, more like bikes lanes, Uber and SEPTA. Here’s where each candidate stands on making transpo easier, safer and just better:

Lynne Abraham

Biking: Coordinate with the Philadelphia Bicycle Advocacy Board to improve and increase bike lanes, propose additional bike-safety regulations, and implement Vision Zero policy.

Ridesharing: While Abraham understands there has been controversy between cab drivers and Uber operators, she believes competition is good and supports Uber’s presence in the city. She suggested ride-sharing companies pay licensing fees in order to pay their fair share and “appropriately” compete with the cab companies and drivers paying for taxi medallions.

Public transportation: Engage SEPTA and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission to evaluate projects that have been on the drawing board for years, such as extending the Market-Frankford El service to the Northeast, extending the Broad Street Line up Roosevelt Boulevard as a subway-elevated line and extending the Broad Street Line to the Navy Yard.

Other: Implement a pothole repair system that maps each pothole and assigns an expedited repair ticket to each occurrence.

Nelson Diaz

Biking: Diaz, who calls himself “an avid biker,” told Newsworks that “There is a limited amount of street space in our city, and more of it needs to be dedicated to pedestrians, bicyclists and mass transit.” He also said alternatives to cars should be better accommodated in terms of both environmental and economic benefits.

Ridesharing: Diaz supports Uber and Lyft’s presence here in the city, saying during a tourism panel that “whether it’s Uber, Lyft, taxis, or public transportation, we need to ensure that everything is clean, and that drivers are knowledgeable of the city and capable of showing visitors good hospitality. Drivers also need to be educated on what’s available and where. Diverse payment modes are important on every transit mode.”

Public transportation: While Diaz told PlanPhilly the city is “handcuffed” on public transportation, he’d support SEPTA expansion projects like a Broad Street Line extension to the Navy Yard and a better way of getting to New York quickly.

Jim Kenney

Biking: Adopt a Vision Zero goal for the City of Philadelphia, which accepts that no traffic fatality is inevitable – whether pedestrian, bicyclist or driver. This includes increasing the number and safety of bike lanes throughout the city.

Ridesharing: Kenney is a big fan. While a councilman, he proposed hearings about ride-sharing in order to get UberX officially legalized.

Public transportation: Work with Harrisburg and Washington to fund an extension of the Broad Street Subway line to the economically bustling Navy Yard; work with SEPTA to renovate the City Hall and Suburban Station concourses so that they are safe, clean and inviting to passengers. Also: redesign and renovate Philadelphia’s bus shelter program.

Doug Oliver

Biking: Some of Oliver’s priorities he outlined to the Bicycle Coalition include increasing public awareness of Vision Zero, expanding the installation of protected bike lanes and securing sidewalk safety.

Ridesharing: Oliver supports finding a way to make UberX and Lyft operate legally in Philadelphia.

Public transportation: Well, we know he loves to solicit voters on SEPTA, for one thing. Oliver also said during a mobility forum that he wants Philadelphia to become an “18-hour city,” and thinks SEPTA’s expanded hours on weekends works toward that. (EXPLAIN WHAT THIS MEANS FOR THE 24/7 CITY THING)

T. Milton Street

Biking: Street told Newsworks regarding Vision Zero: “We should have more people coming to work on bicycles. It would reduce the number of cars coming into the city each day, promotes good health and gives people a chance to enjoy the outdoors.”

Ridesharing: Position on ridesharing is unclear.

Public transportation: During a public forum on transportation, Street said he hopes to get the buses and trains to run on time better on the weekend and find a way to stop unruly kids from causing trouble.

Anthony Williams

Biking: Williams told Newsworks regarding Vision Zero: “I embrace Vision Zero, and as mayor I will convene a Vision Zero Task Force to improve policy coordination across city government, and develop a plan to reduce traffic-related fatalities and injuries by 50 percent by 2020.”

Ridesharing: Position on ridesharing is unclear.

Public transportation: Williams hopes to renovate the improve the underground concourse areas and encourage more partnerships between the city, SEPTA and Bike Share.

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