August 4: Wolf supports Clean Power Plan | VMT in the PA Senate race | Exurban engagement photos

It’s a big day for a really nerdy issue as the NRSC targets Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak over his support for a vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) tax to replace the gas tax with a big billboard campaign.

Awkwardly for them, one of the biggest supporters of this idea in Congress is PA Republican Bill Shuster, the House transportation committee chair.

Tom Wolf likes Obama’s Clean Power Plan, despite the particular challenge for Pennsylvania.

38,000 people registered for SEPTA’s Papal transit lottery.

Larry Platt wonders whether Mayoral frontrunner Jim Kenney is up to the political challenges that come with his campaign goal of instituting zero-based budgeting.

Portland might cap parking permits in some areas, and the Philly planners Facebook group asks some good questions about the incentives that presents to developers.

Andrew Stober and some other people filed their candidate papers on the last day for nominating petitions yesterday. 

Stober said he’s heard positive things about Indego from African-American women because they get to ride bikes with their kids.

How many people can actually fit on Ben Franklin Parkway? 

The exurbs don’t make for such great engagement photos.

Uber is trying to butter up public transit agencies, contrasting with the company’s aggressive approach to city governments.

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