Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities, Police Department and Philadelphia Parking Authority Join Forces to Improve Safety and Unclog Center City Traffic

Philadelphia, May 8, 2009 – Beginning, Monday, May 11th Center City Philadelphia streets will be safer and less congested. Pedestrian safety hazards and vehicle congestion are primarily caused by those who drive and park with a disregard for traffic laws and parking regulations. A joint effort by Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, Deputy Mayor Rina Cutler, and Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) Executive Director Vince Fenerty to increase enforcement of traffic laws and parking regulations begins this Monday.

During the past three weeks, officers from the Police Department’s Traffic Division have been stationed at key intersections in Center City. “Drivers and pedestrians alike will benefit from this enforcement effort,” stated Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey. “Speeding, running red lights and blocking the box places puts everyone at risk and increases congestion. We can all be a part of the solution by slowing down and respecting traffic laws.”

Increased enforcement is a key strategy in the mobility enhancement program developed by the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities and the PPA. The mobility enhancement program takes a comprehensive approach to decreasing congestion in Center City. The program includes expanding loading zones, providing for better bicycle, scooter and motorcycle parking, and adjusting parking meter rates to ensure space availability. Deputy Mayor Cutler notes that, “Keeping Center City safe and on the move is a priority for the Nutter Administration. Reckless driving endangers lives and needless congestion damages Philadelphia’s economic competitiveness.”

Philadelphia Police Department Traffic Division officers will be stationed on key corridors in Center City to enforce the Don’t Block the Box laws and red light running to ensure intersections are kept clear and functioning. Parking enforcement officers will be on patrol to ticket and/or tow double parked and illegally stopped vehicles. The Philadelphia Parking Authority will have a tow truck available to remove double parked vehicles and restore normal traffic flow.

In the coming weeks, the PPA will expand the number of loading zones to reduce double parking by commercial vehicles. PPA Executive Director Vince Fenerty applauds the cooperative effort, “We’ve worked across agencies, with Center City businesses and delivery companies to identify suitable parking for delivery vehicles that will keep traffic moving and allow business to be conducted.”

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