The Navy Yard Releases New Navy Yard Transit App!

PIDC, Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation and master developer of the Philadelphia Navy Yard announces the launch of its new app called Navy Yard Transit to offer Navy Yard employees and visitors an easy and reliable trip planning app that includes real-time arrival information on many public and shared transportation services, including its own Navy Yard shuttle system with routes from the Navy Yard to NRG Subway Station and to Center City.

PIDC has partnered with Moovit, a global leader in mobility solutions, to launch Navy Yard Transit, which aggregates many mobility options in one app, making it simple to compare alternative transit and even offers a multi-modal approach: public transit, shuttles, and bikeshare, or a trip plan that may combine two or more methods of transit. This will allow for users to conveniently plan a trip and reduce reliance on private cars, resulting in less congestion and environmental impacts.

Navy Yard Transit is available as an iOS, Android, and Web app, combining official information from local transit agencies including SEPTA and PATCO, as well as crowdsourced information to calculate the best route for each journey with urban mobility options like the bus, train, light rail, subway, shuttle, shared bikes such as Indego and BCycle, car-sharing such as Zipcar, Uber and Lyft. Navy Yard Transit also provides real-time arrival information, so users know exactly when their bus or shuttle is arriving, a Live Directions feature with “Get Off Alerts” to provide step-by-step guidance for the entire journey, and Service Alerts so they can avoid disruptions and plan their journey accordingly.

This new Navy Yard Transit app replaces the previous app and focuses on the Navy Yard shuttles’ real-time arrival information allowing users to enjoy a more predictable and reliable journey to and from the Navy Yard. The app provides improved information on departure and arrival times, including real-time arrival countdowns, so riders can more efficiently plan their trips, have more insight on their journey while on the go. Riders can “favorite” their frequently used routes and receive push notifications about major traffic delays or winter service notifications.

Navy Yard Transit empowers people with disabilities to use public transportation with more assurance. The app incorporates accessibility features, including:

  • Screen reading features for low vision users (including TalkBack/VoiceOver capabilities)
  • Wheelchair-accessible routes and stations identified
  • Step-free routes calculated
  • Designed with optimized menus and buttons for people with hand-motor disabilities

The Navy Yard app is available to download on for Apple devices on the App Store or for Android devices on Google Play for free.

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Michael Kennedy Dedicates Battery Storage Project at the Philadelphia Navy Yard

Citizens Energy Vice President Michael Kennedy today flipped the switch on a 6.4-megawatt Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) to provide power cost savings to the Philadelphia Navy Yard and beyond through green energy technology.

The nephew of Citizens Energy Chairman, and former Massachusetts Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II, was joined by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and PIDC leadership in dedicating the innovative project at the Navy Yard. The 1,200-acre former military base has been redeveloped into a thriving mixed-use campus led by PIDC, Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation and master developer of the historic shipyard.

“Everyone at Citizens Energy is proud to be helping Philadelphia transition to a greener future with Battery Storage Technology,” said Kennedy, who heads up new business development for the Boston-based nonprofit. “This system will be the largest of its kind in the city, and allow the Philadelphia Navy Yard to make better use of renewable energy as well as save money for local business and residents.”

The 2,240-lithium ion battery system housed in the industrial portion of the campus will provide a cheaper source of energy for the business tenants of the Navy Yard through peak shaving technology when the demand and cost of power is highest throughout the day. At times when the price of energy is stable locally, the BESS will participate in the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland (PJM) Interconnection’s frequency regulation market to regulate power on the regional grid.

“Completion of this project by Citizens Energy and PIDC is a great achievement for our City and the Navy Yard,” stated Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. “Philadelphia continues to be innovative by introducing new systems like this battery energy storage system which not only improves the quality of life for residents and businesses, but uses energy more efficiently, reduces our carbon footprint, and helps Philadelphia reach our clean energy vision goals.”

“PIDC is thrilled to partner with Citizens Energy to bring this battery storage to the Navy Yard,” said Kate McNamara, PIDC’s Senior Vice President, Navy Yard. “Not only does this battery energy storage system provide a reliable, cost-effective, innovative solution for ongoing energy requirements, but it is a great foundation to support significant future job growth as businesses continue to locate and grow within Philadelphia and at the Navy Yard.”

“We have an enormous responsibility to our community and to our planet to not only make clean choices, but to ensure those choices are available to everyone,” said former Citizens Energy Chairman Joseph P. Kennedy II, who founded Citizens Energy Corporation over 40 years ago to make life’s basic needs more affordable. “This project not only reduces the cost of electricity for the Navy Yard, but also plays a key role in our fight against climate change.”

The 14.8-megwatt hour system represents a cutting-edge partnership between nonprofits that will usher in a new era of energy infrastructure at the landmark site. Battery storage technology is imperative to ensuring the success of the renewable energy revolution because it has the capacity to make green power available for future use. Facilities connected to battery storage technology will have uninterrupted use of power during major local outages and facilitate resilient buildings and microgrids.

Built next door to a retired steam plant, the Navy Yard BESS is the latest project to join an array of Navy Yard innovative and sustainable technologies and drives Philadelphia towards a cleaner and greener future. The BESS also joins the ranks of industrial and shipbuilding companies, cell and gene therapy production facilities, and global businesses at the historic campus, all powered by one of the East Coast’s largest unregulated electric grids.

This is Citizens Energy’s second completed BESS, having just unveiled its first in Western Massachusetts. The Boston-based nonprofit will soon complete several microgrid projects in other parts of New England and currently has over 40 solar projects in its national portfolio.