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You can sign up now to pay for SEPTA rides with your phone

SEPTA is about to launch the second testing phase for tech that will allow people to pay with their smartphone, on all transit modes except Regional Rail.

  • Riders who sign up for the pilot can connect their SEPTA Key account to their phone and use it for bus or train fare without any need for a physical card.

A full mobile ticketing rollout (except Regional Rail) is expected this fall, reports Lizzy McLellan Ravitch, who has all the details about signing up for the pilot.

Credit: Danya Henninger / Billy Penn

Vinyl is flying off Philly record store shelves — thanks to Gen-Z

Record stores and vinyl printers can’t keep up with demand, as local teens and young adults flock to records for their old-school look and sound.

  • Stevie Wonder and Billie Eilish are fan favorites at record stores across Philly. One of the biggest sellers is Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumors,” which is always in demand at Manayunk’s Main Street Music.

“There’s something so fun and magical about having tangible music,” one ~youth~ told contributor Davis Giangulio about her love of vintage sounds.

A corner of Main Street Music in Manayunk, where vinyl records now make up 85% of sales Credit: Davis Giangiulio for Billy Penn

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The Community College of Philadelphia is launching a new tech hub in West Philly called the Career and Advanced Technology Center, and Mayor Kenney joins the grand opening ceremony (10 a.m.).

Afternoon takes the mayor from local to international as he attends two events highlighting the first shipping service from PhilaPort to Asia. It’s by Taiwanese transport giant Wan Hai Lines, whose reps first gather at the port to see off the maiden call (10:30 a.m.), then head to the Union League for a welcome luncheon (12 p.m.).


? Spend the day cosplaying as a river and explore the Academy of Natural Science’s new exhibit “Ocean Bound.” Highlights include: piloting a watercraft, fun quizzes, and plenty of interactive games. Tickets range from $21 to $25. ( 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20)

? RIP to Freelance Pizza: The roving pop-up is headed to Herman’s Coffee for its second-to-last stop ever, which is coincidentally the coffee shop’s 5th bday. Stop by for meatballs on pizza, tomato pie, and Okie Dokie donuts. (12 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20)

? Assembly Rooftop Lounge hosts its first-ever Drag High Tea, complete with cute finger sammies and entertainment from up-and-coming queens Mandy Mango and Valencia Prime. Tix are $55 for 2 hours. (11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21)