Think before you park: City officials are cracking down on illegally parked vehicles

Starting Monday, extra police and PPA will be strictly enforcing rules on Market and Chestnut streets

Mike DeNardo
September 20, 2018 - 6:19 pm
Starting Monday and running until Thanksgiving, extra police and Philadelphia Parking Authority officers will be strictly enforcing the rules on Market Street from Seventh to 13th streets, and on Chestnut Street between 10th and 22nd streets.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Cars blocking bus lanes. Delivery trucks double-parked. Blocking the box. 

Mayor Jim Kenney knows Center City congestion is getting worse.

"Too often, 50 people sitting on a bus can't get to work because the lane is blocked by one person who's illegally parked," he said.

Center City District CEO Paul Levy said in the last eight years, there are 50,000 more people living and working downtown.

"For years we could tolerate people not paying much attention to rules. But it is now a really serious problem," he added.

So starting Monday and running until Thanksgiving, extra police and Philadelphia Parking Authority officers will be strictly enforcing the rules on Market Street from Seventh to 13th streets, and on Chestnut Street between 10th and 22nd streets.  

City officials say it's all an effort to move walkers, bikers, riders and drivers better.