Navy Yard transportation ideas | Dranoff and Saffron ride bikes | Bike Share Philly update | The Roxy will close | Philadelphia History Museum (re)opens


State Sen. Larry Farnese convened a Navy Yard transit confab on Friday to discuss transportation improvements for the business hub’s growing workforce.PlanPhilly’s Christine Fisher reports that a variety of options are under consideration, including shuttle buses, bike and pedestrian improvements, ferries, and eventually (maybe) the southern extension of the Broad Street line. The biggest near-term change: SEPTA’s Route 71 shuttle between Pattison Avenue and the Navy Yard will be discontinued November 30, which PIDC will replace with private shuttle service from Market East.

Inga Saffron and Carl Dranoff buried the hatchet and went for a Sunday bike ride. Dranoff has added a small bike share program, complementary for residents of his developments, which he was eager to show off to the Inquirer‘s architecture critic. Wondering if the city would embark on a bike share program of its own Saffron spoke to Andrew Stober, from the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities, who says that the city hopes to make an announcement soon.

Meanwhile in West Philly, plans for Bike Share Philly are taking shape, reports Generocity. Bike Share Philly, a for-profit initiative started by Penn students, wants public input on bike share locations, landlords willing to house the bikes, and sponsorships.

The Roxy, the Rittenhouse area’s last (non-adult) movie theater, will close its doors November 7, reports The Naked City. The little Sansom Street theater’s owner, San-Mor, declined to renew the current operator’s lease, and is seeking a new tenant/operator that will focus on more independent and art films.

After a $5.7 million renovation during a three-year long closure, the Philadelphia History Museum officially reopened this weekend, with a new name and a refreshed approach to sharing the city’s history.


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