City releases plans to improve traffic around 30th Street Station

With the Chestnut Street Bridge closing in 2019, traffic will get even heavier.

Antionette Lee
October 15, 2018 - 5:29 pm
PHILADELPHIA, PA. - March 13 : 30th Street Station, a national Register of Historic Places, AMTRAK Train Station in Philadelphia, PA on March 13, 2016

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) —  As part of it's CONNECT week, the Philadelphia Mayor's Office released plans for a pilot program to improve traffic in the 30th Street Station area.  

One of the many initiatives that will come out this week includes a plan that places traffic control police around 30th Street Station until Nov. 19. 

The officers will be at the intersections of Market and 30th Streets as well as Market Street and Schuylkill Avenue "to help prevent folks from blocking the box and make sure they're yielding to pedestrians," said Andrew Stober, Vice President of Planning and Economic Development for University City District, a partner for the pilot program. 

He says Market Street traffic will get even heavier when the Chestnut Street Bridge closes in 2019, so they want to have a plan in advanced to ensure smooth traveling for all, including plans for those that rely on public transportation.  

"So there's six SEPTA routes that pass through that area and we want to make sure everyone is moving as smoothly and safely as they can be," Stober explained.   

Stober says the project will be evaluated by comparing travel times around the station with and without the traffic control. 

A report will be released within 30 days after the project ends.