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SEPTA kicks off Regional Rail makeover with rider survey

If you’ve used Regional Rail more than a few times, you’ve probably griped about the service more than a few times.

  • The transit authority says it’s ready to listen. A new survey kicks off a system-wide overhaul, one that’ll happen in smaller chunks so the plan doesn’t just get shelved (like it has in the past).

The first question, Lizzy McLellan Ravitch reports, is whether SEPTA should prioritize making trains run more consistently, more frequently, or faster.

Philadelphia City Council names Joel Embiid ‘MVP’

Joel Embiid had a rough end to the season. The Sixers exited the playoffs right after it was confirmed he was again denied the league MVP award.

  • Does it help if he’s City Council’s MVP? Philly lawmakers yesterday passed a resolution — one of thousands its adopts each year — naming the basketball superstar “Most Valuable Philadelphian.”

The move made national news as basketball writers picked it up. Some people thought the move was cute, but the most common response was “cringe.”

RECAP: What else happened?

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MAYOR WATCH

In the works since 2019, the Neighborhood Slow Zone Program has its first ribbon cutting today in Fairhill, with Mayor Kenney helping introduce the area with lower speed limits and traffic-calming devices.

ON THE CALENDAR

Bands supporting Billy Penn: We’re emceeing a music show at The Fire, the woman-owned indie music venue and bar on Girard Avenue. Come hang at our table as you check out local bands with sounds ranging from blues-rock to surf-goth. Tickets are $15, and a portion of sales benefit BP’s journalism. (8 p.m. to midnight, Wednesday, June 1)

? Local sex ed nonprofit YES! hosts the inaugural ConsentFest, with food, games, activities, art, vendors, animals to pet, and storytime on the Lawn at UCity Square. (2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 21)

? Refresh your mixology skills with Art in the Age’s “Spring Spritz” cocktail workshop in Old City. Tickets include a hands-on demo where you’ll make two drinks to enjoy. (7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24)