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How SEPTA could solve the chronic operator shortage 

Anyone who relies on SEPTA knows an operator shortage regularly forces the agency to delay or cancel scheduled buses, trains, or trolleys.

  • What’s the solution to the staffing crisis? Philly isn’t alone — over 90% of U.S. metro transit agencies are in a similar bind. So in addition to what’s already being tried, SEPTA can look to borrow tactics.

Jordan Levy looks at five potential solutions, from higher recruitment bonuses and better salaries to more flexible schedules and better safety programs.

→ How SEPTA could hire more drivers

A SEPTA bus passing through the intersection of 17th Street and JFK Boulevard. (Nathan Morris for Billy Penn)

Where to eat during Dine Latino Restaurant Week

Dine Latino Restaurant Week returns to Philadelphia this Monday through Friday, with over two dozen spots participating.

  • A free app or dessert with two entrees is the special on offer at most places. Where should you take advantage? Along with tried and true favorites, there are a handful of newcomers on the list.

BP food and drink reporter Ali Mohsen has the scoop on five newcomers worth checking out while the deal holds.

→ Cemitas, arepas, churros, and more

Tacos at El Chingon, chef Carlos Aparicio’s restaurant in South Philadelphia near Passyunk Avenue. (Courtesy El Chingon)

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Mayor Kenney joins Temple officials to break ground on the renovation of Paley Hall, which will turn the former library into a new home for the university’s College of Public Health (10 a.m.). The $120M project is expected to reopen fall 2025. 


🔭 Go stargazing at Lemon Hill with the Fairmount Park Conservancy, with a monthly series of nighttime hikes and telescope sessions. Tickets are $10 and up, or pay what you can. (7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4)

📋 Meet the contenders for at-large seats at the City Council Candidates Convention hosted at WHYY in partnership with The Inquirer and the Committee of 70. The event will run like a reverse job fair, with candidates receiving visitors at their tables. (4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 11)

📖 The Free Library hosts Questlove and S.A. Cosby as part of its author series, in conversation with BlackStar founder Maori Karmael Holmes. Tickets are $26. (3 p.m. Sunday, April 16)