Cops, PPA issue more tickets in Center City, see minor improvement in transit flow

Mike DeNardo
November 09, 2018 - 8:23 am
A SEPTA bus heads westward on Market Street.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Since late September, police, the Parking Authority and SEPTA have been making a special effort to enforce the "no stopping" laws along Center City sections of Market and Chestnut Streets. Cops wrote about 250 tickets in October versus around 125 in September. The result so far?

"We think that we're seeing some early indications of improvement," SEPTA Director of Innovation Erik Johanson said.

Johanson says it's taking SEPTA buses about a minute less to drive Chestnut, and there have been variable time savings of less than a minute on Market, depending on the time of day. 

That's not much, but Johanson says there are plenty of factors affecting traffic, including pedestrians, deliveries and ride-hailing.

"There's so many things that impact traffic. Sometimes it's hard to draw definitive conclusions about any one particular initiative," Johanson said.  

Progress, he says, will require a comprehensive solution, but writing more tickets, he says may begin to change the behavior of drivers who park in bus lanes.

The ticket blitz is expected to run through Thanksgiving.