Philadelphia reveals a strategic plan for transportation

The biggest problem is not traffic but safety.

Pat Loeb
October 10, 2018 - 1:40 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — "Safety first." That's the theme of the Kenney administration's plan for addressing transportation issues in Philadelphia, released Wednesday. 

The plan lays out improvements the city hopes to make over the next seven years.

Everyone complains about traffic, but it turns out Philadelphia's biggest transportation problem is safety. While the city falls near the bottom of big cities in congestion, it is No. 2 — behind only Los Angeles — for traffic deaths. So the report stresses safety, including a pilot project for "neighborhood slow zones." 

Transportation policy director Chris Puchalsky says the city will begin taking applications from community groups, next week, to become the first two to get neighborhood-wide safety aids.

"It could be everything from simple paint and delineators if we've got simple visibility issues, because people are parking too close to the cross walk, all the way up to putting in traffic diverters so we don't get fast cut-through traffic on small local streets or roundabouts and speed cushions," Puchalsky said.

The 65-page plan also includes steps for managing parking, expanding bike share, easing congestion and speeding up bus service.