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File #: 180223    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: LAPSED
File created: 3/8/2018 In control: Committee on Transportation and Public Utilities
On agenda: Final action:
Title: Authorizing the Committee on Transportation and Public Utilities to hold hearings examining strategies to address traffic congestion in the City of Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Gym, Council President Clarke, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Henon
Attachments: 1. Signature18022300.pdf
Title
Authorizing the Committee on Transportation and Public Utilities to hold hearings examining strategies to address traffic congestion in the City of Philadelphia.

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WHEREAS, A draft report published in March 2018 by the Center City District found increased congestion on several Central Philadelphia streets. Cars moving between 23rd and Broad Streets experienced 20% longer travel times, when compared with 2013, and bus passengers experienced 25-40% longer waits on the same routes; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia's narrow thoroughfares, combined with a boom of commercial and construction activity in Center City and beyond, have created conflicts for space among multiple modes of transportation. The increased traffic volume often results in congestion and increased travel time; and

WHEREAS, The burgeoning internet economy has contributed to the City's congestion through an increase in delivery vehicles on the City's streets. These vehicles often stop in travel lanes to facilitate deliveries, and seem to accept parking tickets as part of the cost of business. Citywide fines for delivery vehicles totaled more than $6.3 million, a 22% increase from 2013, according to data from the Parking Authority, with more than 80% of tickets being written for infractions in Center City; and

WHEREAS, Increased popularity of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft has resulted in a greater number of cars on the road. According to the Parking Authority, an estimated 20,000 ride-sharing vehicles operate in Philadelphia, compared with only 2,000 medallion taxis. A study of Manhattan's Central Business District from 2013 to 2017 found a 33% increase in miles traveled by ride-sharing services, while traffic slowed by 18% over that period. The tendency of these vehicles to stop in travel lanes to pick up or drop off passengers creates unpredictability in the street and can exacerbate conflict for already-limited street space; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia's growing populat...

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