December 11: NBC10 awards nonprofits $100,000 | Bike crash map | PATCO escalator update | Market-Frankford Line fire | Two held until building collapse hearing

Happy Wednesday Streeters! We hope you made it to work safely in the ice and cold. 

In partnership with The NBCUniversal Foundation, NBC10 Philadelphia awarded $100,000 to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, The Food Trust and The Trust for Public Land yesterday. The funding is part of the 21st Century Solutions grant program. The Bicycle Coalition will receive $50,000, and The Food Trust and The Trust for Public Land will each receive $25,000. 

Speaking of the Bicycle Coalition, yesterday they released a bike crash map, which reveals locations with the most crashes. At a quick glance, the map reveals what one might expect – more crashes on corridors like Broad Street, Girard Avenue and Washington Avenue. The map was created during Azavea’s Summer of Maps program. 

The PATCO escalator saga continues. For months PATCO has been trying to fix broken escalators at stations in Center City and South Jersey. Now, PATCO may demolish some escalators all together and replace them with new equipment. A count yesterday found six of the 14 escalators were out of service. Some have been down for months. The new plan to demolish and rebuild could take nine or more months. 

Market-Frankford Line service was suspended temporarily yesterday when a fire broke out in an electrical box below the westbound platform at 46th Street Station. SEPTA ran shuttle busses to transport passengers between 52nd and 40th streets, but service resumed less than an hour after the fire was reported. 

A preliminary hearing for the site contractor and backhoe operator involved in this summer’s deadly building collapse was postponed and rescheduled for Feb. 18. The two men will be held without bail until that date. 

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