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New transit authority will bring passenger rail to NW suburbs
Officially active as of last week, a new transit authority plans to revive passenger rail connecting Reading, Phoenixville, Pottstown, and Philadelphia.
- Rush hour on the Schuylkill Expressway in or out of Philly is a well-known snarl. Proponents say passenger rail could alleviate that traffic holdup, plus provide new opportunities for people without cars.
Called the Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority (SRPRA), the Chesco-Montco-Berks agency will get startup funding from Amtrak, Kenney Cooper reports for WHYY.
Thousands race through Philly for the Broad Street Run
Nearly 28,000 runners laced up their shoes Sunday morning to participate in the 42nd Blue Cross Broad Street Run.
- The first in-person spring BSR in two years had gorgeous weather, and hundreds lined Philly’s central thoroughfare to cheer on runners.
Considered one of the fastest 10-milers in the country, the race draws participants from around the globe — as well as locals dressed in tutus and tuxedos. For Billy Penn, Erin Blewett has photos of the fun event.
RECAP: What else happened?
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- Today is the last day to register to vote in the May 17 primary election — or change your party registration so you can vote in one of the contested Senate or governor races. [Pa. Voter Services/Billy Penn]
- Rare bipartisanship is on display in Harrisburg as legislators work to lower the corporate income tax rate. At 9.99%, it’s the second-highest in the nation. [City & State]
- Temple suspended professor Sara Goldrick-Rab, founder of the Hope Center college affordability initiative, amid allegations she overworks staff and improperly mingles grant money. Goldrick-Rab said she feels targeted for speaking out against Temple’s former education dean. [Inside Higher Ed/WHYY]
- 30th Street Station last week got its first new public sculpture in more than half a century. Called “Tools of the Trade,” it’s a cast of vintage tools arranged like a map of U.S. rail lines. [WHYY]
- Philadelphia’s hottest celeb hang out is…a sneaker consignment shop? Suplex opened 9 years ago on South Street, and has expanded to four storefronts. [Billy Penn]
- Tomorrow is the grand opening for Liberty Point, the new waterfront restaurant at the Independence Seaport Museum. Run by FCM Hospitality of Morgan’s Pier fame, it’s huge, with 1,400 seats. [Liberty Point/KYW]
Mayor Kenney commemorates the 50th anniversary of Dr. John Fryer Day, honoring the Philadelphia psychiatrist who in the 1970s challenged the then-common definition of homosexuality as a mental illness (12 p,m.).
ON THE CALENDAR
🎺 Commonweal Gallery in Center City hosts “Handmade Jamboree,” a free workshop that teaches you how to make instruments you can actually use to create music. (3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 7)
♟️ Spruce Street Harbor Park reopens for the season with rainbow hammocks, giant chess, floating gardens, and vendors selling boardwalk-style food and drink. (5 to 11 p.m. weeknights, later on weekends starting May 5)