New report puts price tag on Philly traffic congestion

Mike DeNardo
June 25, 2019 - 4:00 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A new report puts a price tag on all the time drivers spend in Philadelphia traffic.  

What if you could add up all of the minutes you and your fellow drivers and bus passengers wasted in Center City traffic?  

A new study does just that, saying 9.7 million hours a year are lost on the clogged streets of Center City. 

The Econsult study says those delays are equivalent to $152 million worth of time and transportation costs.  

Deputy city managing director Michael Carroll says the numbers will be used to highlight new strategies to keep people moving.

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"We're trying to use our streets in different ways. You've got all kinds of different users with the delivery companies and the Ubers and Lyfts and so forth. So we've got new management issues to think through," he said.

He says the report points out that on top of clogged streets during the morning and evening rush hours, there's a steady amount of midday traffic.

"I think on the one hand that's a very good thing because it shows that there's a lot of activity and that's great. But maybe we need to think about how we can support some of that activity with better public transportation," he added. 

Carroll says the report shows the city is missing out on 15,700 potential jobs because of traffic congestion. The report comes as the city launches a second enforcement effort to get drivers, walkers, bikers and parkers to obey the rules of the road in Center City.